R.I.S.K Program

The R.I.S.K. (Resources, Innovation, Skills, & Knowledge) program is back for 2017!

This popular program is offered FREE to Toronto’s underserved schools*. Our artists provide workshops in theatre and technology that teach youth skills to help access their creativity and compose their own multi-disciplinary work. Workshops are limited, contact us to book your class now!


  • Discover new physical and vocal compositional skills
  • Learn how to use technology for performance
  • Tune into creative impulses
  • Develop original movement, text, and song

Your workshop will be facilitated by award-winning artists, including our Artistic Director Jacquie P.A. Thomas, Associate Artistic Director Michael Spence and one core member of the ensemble, all experts in our signature model of theatre creation. Your students will engage with physical and vocal training with multimedia technology to explore the creation of innovative work. They will develop performance skills and confidence with text work, music, rhythm and movement.

*The R.I.S.K. Program is generously funded by the Toronto Arts Council and the City of Toronto Targeted Enhanced Funding to serve the city’s underserved neighbourhoods outside the downtown core.

riskIt was an incredible experience all together. I went in for the workshop without any expectations whatsoever. I faced my fears, especially with the flying angel trick, and learned quite a few things about theatre and media. All of us who were involved had unique talents and it was an honour being able to work together.
– Nishtha, RISK Participant

How R.I.S.K works:

Phase 1.

Gargantua artists visit drama classes at high schools in underserved neighbourhoods and teach specific performance composition tools for the creation of original multi-disciplinary performance. Participants work as an ensemble, using structured improvisation techniques to discover physical, textual and vocal compositional skills and are encouraged to follow their creative impulses, developing their own movement, text and song, and learning to use the technological resources available to them (either via apps on their phones, or their school’s computers) to use technology as a player on the stage as a source of expression and adaptation. By the end, they are challenged to integrate all elements into original performance.

To enable students and teachers to continue creative exploration we provide each participant with a USB key loaded with editing tutorials and other resources, which provides them a way to save and continue developing their own work.

risk_photoPhase 2.

Students from communities across the GTA are united for a 1-day intensive in a professional theatre downtown. This provides students an opportunity to work with peers from diverse ethnic, geographical and economic backgrounds towards a common creative goal. Additional media experts join our artists to give advanced workshops on using technology in live performance. Participants are challenged to create their own original compositions as an ensemble and to experiment with the technology available at the theatre. The day ends with a public showing of their work to invited guests.

(Phase 1 takes place from Dec 2017 – Mar 2018 by reservation, Phase 2 will occur at the end of Mar 2018 TBA)


In 2009 Theatre Gargantua began an extremely successful initiative named the R.I.S.K. (Resources Innovation Skills and Knowledge) Program. This two-phase program engages high school students from underserved neighbourhoods, primarily outside the downtown core, in learning compositional tools for the creation of original multi-disciplinary performance.

In 2011 and 2012, we went into 20 classes where we introduced the use of theatrical application of simple and easily accessible apps such as Garage Band and iMovie on iPads.

Program Supporters

RISK 2017 was generously supported by:

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