Performing Arts Network

Connecting Students to the Performing Arts at
Artscape Weston Common

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 Northwest Toronto.


What is PAN?

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 three 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 5-12 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.

Connecting Students to the Performing Arts at Artscape Weston Common

Check back soon to access teacher resources, or email to discuss the program!

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What people say?

It was amazing to watch students that are only 11 years old read and present Macbeth. Also, the experience at the theatre was great. I think some kids were expecting it to be boring when they heard we were going to a theatre. Thank you for proving them wrong!
Terri-Anne Perfetti
Elementary school teacher
The workshops were culturally-relevant, curriculum related [...] Many of their peers were begging to be part of their "actor workshops." Overall it was a rich experiential learning opportunity.
Susan Nigro-Perrotta
Grade 9 High School Teacher