Belfry 101

(For Grades 10 – 12)

Belfry 101 is our signature program for secondary school students. In a safe environment, students are introduced to the world of professional theatre and encouraged to engage in creativity, communication, and collaboration.

Belfry 101 meets after school for two Thursdays during the run of each production on the Belfry Mainstage. The students see the plays, meet the actors, discuss the themes and images in each play, and learn theatre-making skills from professional artists.

Belfry 101 participants can elect to spend March Break engaging in a play-building process – resulting in a collective creation presented at the Belfry.

Participation in Belfry 101 is by application. 

Program Price
The program runs from October 2022 to May 2023. The cost is $60/student (+GST), and includes tickets to each show,  workshops with professional theatre artists, and pizza!

Price should not be a barrier to applying. Bursaries are available. Individual applicants, parents, or teachers can request a bursary by writing to the Belfry 101 Coordinator at

Pizza and drinks are provided free of charge during the first Thursday workshop for each show. Students are responsible for their own food and drink at all other sessions.

Audience Advice
Some of our plays deal with mature themes and subject matter and may contain strong language. We need to know that you and your parents are comfortable with you seeing these plays. Copies of the plays are available at the Belfry Box Office – you and your parents are welcome to read these copies in our lobby.

COVID Policy
Please see to read the Belfry’s current COVID Policy. During B101 sessions masks will only be required during talkbacks with actors. At all other times, they will be optional. Please be advised that this policy may be subject to change based on provincial health recommendations.

Application Deadline
Applications will be accepted until September 29, 2022. There is a limit of 30 participants. Our desire for participation from as many schools as possible may result in a cap on the number of students from any one school.


Applications can be submitted by email to, or in person at the Box Office.

If you’d like more information about Belfry 101, please email our Belfry 101 Co-Coordinator at

Belfry 101 Dates (First Thursdays run 4:30 pm – 10 pm, all other sessions are Thursdays from 4:30 pm to 7 pm)

ShowFirst ThursdaySecond Thursday
Intimate ApparelOctober 6October 13
VigilDecember 1December 8
The UnpluggingFebruary 23March 2

Belfry 101 Play-Building Residency –  March Break (March 20 – 25)

During the March Break, play-building residency students will be expected to be available every day from 10 am to 4:30 pm from March 20 to 23. Residency times on March 24 and 25 will be determined at a later date, but participants are advised to expect full rehearsal days. There is a limit of 12 participants, and precedence will be given to grade 11 and 12 students.

The Belfry Play-Building Residency Showcase Performance will be presented on the evening of March 25, 2023, in The Stewart Theatre (this is a ticketed event open to the public). 

Belfry 101 is generously supported by Fernwood Pizza and The Barbara & Philip Potash Foundation