Performing Arts Network (PAN)

Connecting Students to the Performing Arts at Artscape Weston Common

What is PAN?

Launched in 2019, the Performing Arts Network (PAN) is an arts education exchange program intended to connect students and teachers to the new arts and culture centre in the Weston community. This initiative offers free classroom performing arts workshops for neighbourhood schools in northwest Toronto, culminating in a field trip to a professional show at the Artscape Weston Common.

How does PAN work?

Participating classes will receive four free in-class performing arts workshops, led by a professional actor-educator. Workshops will focus on bringing a particular Shakespeare play to life.

The project culminates in an affordable trip to see a professional production at our new home at the Artscape Weston Common.

Who is PAN for?

The PAN has been designed for Grades 3-12 and can be adjusted to suit curricular connections in the Arts, Language and English at elementary, middle and high schools levels.

Professional Development for Teachers

Teachers involved in the PAN will be eligible to attend a free PD day workshop in active approaches to teaching drama across the curriculum at SIA’s new studio theatre home.

Jumping on Board and Resources!

Click here to access teacher resources, or email to discuss the program!

Artistic Director Michael Kelly leads students through a workshop - set on a school stage with large hanging curtains, students, teacher and workshop leader stand in a circle holding Shakespearean scripts. Students with smiling faces are participating in the joy of reading text aloud.
Artistic Director Michael Kelly delivers an interactive workshop in SIA’s signature style