Geordie Theatre School

About Us

Geordie Theatre School (GTS) is all about jumping in, having fun, working together and finding your voice!

Our multi-level workshops, after-school classes, public classes, and now our new GTS West classes provide children and teens with the opportunity to build a solid foundation in acting by learning the craft from passionate and caring professional educators and artists. 

GTS offers a variety of ways for young people to experience the impact of theatre while encouraging strong skills in Confidence, Creativity and Craft.

Public Classes

Children and teens explore how to create fascinating characters, build exciting stories, and present them to an encouraging audience of family, friends and community supporters.

Each year GTS offers two sessions with classes being offered on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Registration for the Fall Session begins in mid-May with classes running from late-September to early-December with an in-class final presentation. Registration for the Winter begins in late-November with classes running from late-January to early-May with a final performance at Moyse Hall.

GTS Public classes take place at the Greene Centre (1090 Greene Avenue) which is easily accessible by car or public transit.

After School Classes

What could be better than exploring all the fun theatre has to offer? Doing so in the comfort of your own school! With GTS After School students explore how to create fascinating characters, build exciting stories, and then present them to an encouraging audience of family, friends and community supporters. 

GTS regularly offers after school classes during the Fall and Winter sessions at F.A.C.E. School in Downtown Montreal and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School in Rosemount-Petite-Patrie . These classes are reserved for current F.A.C.E. or P.E.T.S. students.

Is your child’s school not on our current list? Let us know and we’ll reach out to see about starting your very own GTS After School program!

GTS HOMESCHOOL

GTS is excited to offer our 2nd installation of GTS Homeschool bringing engaging theatre education to your child while connecting them with other homeschooled children. Join one of our amazing teachers online for 60 minutes of interactive theatre games!

Our second round of workshops will be on November 18th & 19th for ages 6 to 9, ages 10 to 12, and teens!

You can register an individual student or a household of up to 4 students. 

Workshops

Have you ever wanted to bring a puppet to life? Act for the camera? Execute an epic stage battle? Sing and dance to your favourite musical? Perform a Shakespearean monologue? Audition with confidence? Then join us for one of our GTS Specialty Workshops! 

Are you a school, community centre or day camp? GTS offers  group specialty workshops to fit your needs, space and budget.

DID YOU KNOW?

MEET OUR TEACHERS

At GTS, our classes are taught by some of Geordie’s favorite Montreal theatre professionals because we believe that kids deserve to learn from the best! Here are some of the talented people who are teaching for GTS this year.

Trevor Barrette

Ages 6-9 – Saturdays 10:30-11:30am
Musical Theatre Workshop – Nov. 2020

Olivia Hawkes

Ages 8-9 – Sundays 12:00-1:00pm
Ages 10-12 – Sundays 1:45-2:45pm

Daniel Hickie

Puppet Workshop – Dec. 2020

Patrick Park

Teens – Thursdays 6:00-7:30pm

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Jenny Rizzo

Musical Theatre Workshop – Nov. 2020

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Cheyenne Schaub

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Julian Stamboulieh

On-Camera Workshop – Jan. 2021

Jen Viens

Ages 10-12 – Saturdays 2:00-3:00pm

On-Camera Workshop – Jan. 2021

Dakota Jamal Wellman

Teen Ensemble – Sundays 3:30-5:30 pm

GTS Bursary Fund

The GTS Bursary Fund offers full and partial scholarships to benefit youth from families in lower economic backgrounds, allowing access to engage in the performing arts with passionate and caring professional educators and artists. 

Since 2017, over 50 young people have benefitted from this program that encourages potential through a dynamic exploration of theatre.

Applications are accepted throughout the year with decisions being made 2 weeks prior to the start of each session.

How to Apply

The GTS Bursary is easy to apply for! Simply fill in our GTS Bursary Application Form and return to GTS Director, Jessica Abdallah.

Why Donate

Each donation to the GTS Bursary Fund helps us to continue inspiring the next generation of theatre makers. A full scholarship covers the registration fee, GTS t-shirt, and tickets to all Geordie Theatre programming. A charitable tax receipt will be issued for all donations over $25.

“Finally, an inclusive program giving kids the occasion to try theatre. My daughter enjoyed her experience and I was amazed with what she learned in her classes. When I asked her what she liked about her theatre classes, she spontaneously replied: everything!” Noha, Zeina’s mother (GTS Bursary) “I feel very fortunate that she was able to attend this semester. She got to know what the concept of theatre is in a very playful way, animated by very talented and caring teachers.” Gabi, Naëla’s mother (GTS Bursary) “Much respect to the kind and supportive folks at the Geordie Theatre School (…) who provide an excellent opportunity for kids of various incomes and backgrounds to experience the wonder of theatre and do so in a way that is encouraging and supportive, teaching solid lessons about respect, inclusiveness, curiosity, creativity, solidarity and teamwork.” Jaggi, Amrik’s friend (GTS Public) “My daughter (…) was in the grade 4 group (…) and it was such a great experience for her.  She deals with social anxiety and will not take any activities anywhere outside of the familiarity of the school setting. Theatre being the only non-sports activity offered, we jumped on board (…). It was a great confidence builder for her and allowed her to do something she loves without any stress (…)." Darcy, Lily’s mother (GTS After School) “As busy as everyone's life is, going to Geordie every week is a stress relief from the craziness of school & work.” Christina, Anthony’s mother (GTS Teens) “You guys are all amazing. Thank you so much! Sarah loves her Geordie classes and you are all a godsend, especially right now.” Christina, Sarah’s mother (GTS Online) “This has been a challenging time to say the least but having this connection with your team (…) has added such a positive vibe and experience. I love watching Naomi interact and dance with her friends in this group!! (…) It might be hard for you guys to see how much fun they are having on the other side...well I can speak for Naomi and she is all in! Thank you.” Martine, Naomi’s mother (GTS Online) “I wouldn't change a thing. I love it!” Alice, GTS Student (GTS Online)

FAQ

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Geordie Theatre School created GTS Online which offers a wide range of online activities and has been our way to make things just a bit easier, creative and playful for kids and their families. As we look towards our Fall 2020 session, we are working on online options for all of our classes and workshops so that, in the event we still cannot physically come together, we remain connected to our GTS family.

All Public Classes take place at the Greene Centre (1090 Greene Ave). The Greene Centre is easily accessible by public transit and is a short walking distance from both the Atwater and Lionel-Groulx metros. If coming by car there is a designated drop off zone, as well as several options for free street parking. The Greene Centre has a seating area on the main floor where you can wait while your child is in class – or you can walk up Greene to any number of nearby cafes or restaurants.

Parents/caregivers are not allowed to attend the classes as we believe in the importance of encouraging children to participate in class independently from parents/caregivers so that they can have the time and space to develop their own relationships with their peers. We believe this allows them to gain more confidence and further develop their ability to create and express amongst an ensemble.

At the time of registration, you will be asked to pay either the full amount or a $100 deposit. If you choose to pay the deposit then the balance will be due during the first week of classes. Alternative payment plans are available and can be discussed with the GTS Director, Jessica Abdallah.

Yes, GTS is proud to offer full or partial bursaries to all our classes and workshops through the GTS Bursary Fund. For more information and to apply, please visit our GTS Bursary Fund section.

Unfortunately, we do not offer trial classes as we believe it is important for our teachers to know the number of students registered prior to the start of class. However, we do have a very reasonable cancellation policy in the rare instance that a child wants to quit the session after the first class.

We understand that sometimes children change their minds and so we offer the following Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellation in writing one week prior to the first class – Refund minus $15 processing fee.
  • Cancellation in writing before second class – Refund minus $25 processing fee.
  • Cancellation in writing before third class – Refund minus $100 deposit. 
  • Cancellation after third class – No Refund.
  • If a student must cancel due to medical reasons a physician’s note must be provided and a pro-rated refund or credit of equal value towards a future course at the Geordie Theatre School will be applied.

FOR GTS WORKSHOPS: Cancellation in writing at least 2 weeks prior to the workshop – Refund minus $15 processing fee.

FOR GTS WORKSHOPS: Cancellation less the 2 weeks prior to the workshop – No Refund.

GTS is not a talent agency and does not seek out auditions for our students. However, whenever we receive audition calls from members of the Montreal theatre, film or voice communities, we are more than happy to pass them on to our students.

Our teachers are all professional artists, creators and theatre innovators from the vibrant Montreal theatre scene who have a passion for teaching the next generation. They all have extensive experience teaching children and youth and, whenever possible, will be accompanied by an intern. To learn more about our individual teachers you can visit our Meet Our Teachers section.

You can support Geordie Theatre School in a number of ways. 

      1. You can donate to our GTS Bursary Fund which enables people from low income and marginalized communities to receive quality theatre education at GTS. 
      2. You can volunteer.
      3. You can help us spread the word. Follow Geordie Theatre on our social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn), join our newsletter, attend our productions, and tell your friends about Geordie.

At the moment, GTS does not offer a regular summer camp. However, we do offer a variety of Specialty Workshops throughout the summer.

Yes! At the end of our Winter Session students will have the opportunity to perform in our Final Cabaret at Moyse Hall to an audience of family, friends and community supporters. The Fall Session ends with a smaller in-class presentation.

Yes, we accept new students into each class up until the third week of each Fall and Winter Session (pending availability).

We do not allow students to register in classes outside their grade. We believe students benefit from working with their immediate peers. This enables students to connect through common concerns and issues, which is especially important in the collective creation process, whereby they collaborate on stories they will tell through theatre.

At Geordie Theatre we believe in creating an environment where everyone of diverse abilities to feel welcome and comfortable. Please learn more about Geordie Theatre’s commitment to Accessibility. Our school encourages integrated classes where kids from a variety of needs are able to engage in theatre together. If your child would benefit from a particular support in an educational setting, we encourage you to reach out to the GTS Director, Jessica Abdallah, to discuss how best we can create a happy and successful experience for them.

For more information,
contact our GTS Director
Jessica Abdallah at jessica@geordie.ca

Geordie Theatre is located on the unceded Indigenous lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Tiotià:ke (known as Montréal) has existed as a meeting place of many First Nation peoples, including but not limited to the Abenaki , Anishinaabeg (Algonquin), and the Huron-Wendat. We extend our deepest respect to the elders of these communities and to all Indigenous peoples who carry the history of this island’s land and waters – caring for it and calling it home. We are honoured and privileged to share stories on this land.

We wish to also acknowledge that we are grateful to those seeking sustainable solutions to our global climate crisis, so that we may continue to inspire and challenge our audiences near and far.