R.I.S.K Program

The R.I.S.K. (Resources, Innovation, Skills, & Knowledge) program is back for 2018!

This popular program is offered FREE to schools in underserved and priority neighbourhoods. 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 Ontario 2017/18 Mulitcultural Community Capacity Grant and Friends of Community Schools.

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.

risk_photoLimited workshops available in schools Feb 15 – Mar 8.

2 one-hour workshops offered back-to-back.

Phase 2 – optional

Students from groups who participated in Phase 1 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.

End of March, date TBC.

Contact yolanda@theatregargantua.ca or call 416-260-4660 to book

Program Supporters

RISK 2017 was generously supported by:

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