Belfry 101 / Belfry Leadership Training Program

Belfry 101 (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 critical thinking, social awareness and the creative process.

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 as the final event of the Belfry SPARK Festival.

Those who participate in the March Break collective creation meet for a third Thursday during the run of each production on the Belfry Mainstage.  We call this group of students Belfry 301.

Participation in both streams of Belfry 101 is by application.

Program Price
The program runs from October to May. The only cost is $10/ticket for six productions throughout the season (for a total of $60/student, including GST.)

Price should not be a barrier to applying. Five scholarships are available. Individual applicants, parents or teachers can request a scholarship by writing to the Belfry 101 Co-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. Reading copies of the plays are available at the Belfry Box Office – you and your parents are welcome to read them in our lobby.

Application Deadline
Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2019. There is a limit of 30 participants per season. Our desire for participation from as many schools as possible may result in a cap on the number of students from any one school.

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

Belfry 101 Dates (all sessions are on Thursdays from 4:30 pm to 10 pm)

First Thursday
Second Thursday
Belfry 301 Only 
The Children
October 3
October 10
October 17
Bang Bang
November 14
November 21
November 28
Every Brilliant
December 19
The Ministry 
of Grace
February 20
February 27
March 5
SPARK Festival
March 12
March 19
May 7

Belfry 301 – March Break (March 16 – 22)

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 16 to 20. Residency times on March 21 and 22 will be determined later.

Belfry 101 is generously supported by

The Belfry Leadership Training Program (BLT)

The BLT was designed to develop leadership skills in some of the remarkable young people who have participated in Belfry 101.

Program activities revolve around three key components:

> A year-long leadership course, including facilitated workshops and hands on opportunities to be involved in the theatre’s ongoing outreach and diversity programs. A self-directed investigation/research project of one aspect of cultural diversity within our community.

>A self-directed investigation/research project of one aspect of cultural diversity within our community.

> An individually tailored connection to a not-for-profit organization, in order to further develop their critical awareness of, and social responsibility towards, the world around them.

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