Special Programs

Annual Playwright Challenge & Playwright Jam 2020

Completed registration forms due by February 29th ~ Plays due by April 21st.

The Playwright Challenge is an optional annual program in the Tir-na-nOg Theatre School’s yearly cycle. The Playwright Jam event completes the Annual Youth Festival of Plays and is intended for registered students. As a collaborative celebration of the live theatre work of children it is hoped that the submitted play will be the original work of the student, springing from the natural desire of the child. The intent is to offer the young people in the Theatre School an opportunity to express their imaginations through this medium, in their own unique way. The play can be any length, style or format, depending on the child’s idea. After the plays have been handed in, we meet together with the children, read the plays, discuss plans and possible hurdles and help prepare productions for the Tir-na-nOg stage. The young playwrights support each other as actors, backstage supporters and directors, if they so wish, and sometimes invite their friends to help, where it seems appropriate.

DISCOVERING WORDS ~ (Tuesdays) ~ all students welcome ~ 4,45 – 6.00 ~ Practice how to read, listen, explore and imagine the wonder of words.

SCRIPT SUPPORT ~ (Wednesdays) all students welcome ~ 4.45 – 6.00 ~ Guidance in learning and understanding the lines in your script.

Tir-na-nOg’s Youth Festival of Plays 2020

Recognizing that experience is the real teacher, we have organized the annual Youth Festival of Plays so that each student has the opportunity to test and temper skills learned during the course of the year in the fire of live performance before community and school audiences. S.A.V.I. Program ~ Students have the opportunity to support a production (other than their own) in the annual Youth Festival of Plays, either on or off stage.

Tir-na-nOg Summer Stage Intensive 2020

This intensive program runs from August 24 through September 6th. Performances take place over the Labour Day weekend. For 2019-20 registered students there is no charge, as this course is included in the yearly membership fee. For newcomers the fee is $200. 

Annual Tir-na-nOg Yuletide Story Feast 2020

Takes place on the weekend of December 5th and 6th ~ Involving most of the students in the Theatre School, this seasonal, informal, in-house event (including a silent auction and potluck tea) presents a play performed by students of all ages. Also at this event, student playwrights may pick up a Playwright Challenge registration form to be completed and handed in by February 28th The play itself needs to be handed in by April 21st.

Play Quests are enjoyable, exciting and discrete events in which students build a play together for performance the same day.

Internship Journey ~ Customized for the individual (by interview)

Periodic Play Reading Evenings ~ Mondays.

Coaching Centre ~ Please enquire for details.

Please note:   All classwork is centred on the needs and the qualities of each specific group. Some work is required outside of class with a time commitment appropriate to the age level. For maximum benefit, both for the individual and the group, regular attendance is required. Our emphasis is on group awareness and co-operative action — not single stars, but galaxies, brightly shining.


How to Register

Please contact us by e-mail tirnanog@telus.net to let us know which class you and your child are considering for next year so we can confirm a space. If the class is not at a time that is possible for your child, also let us know, so we can place their name on a waiting list for a duplicate class to be held at a different time. Once a place is confirmed, you will need to fill out, sign and send in the completed registration form together with payment. (Forms may be sent as a pdf via email or are available at the Theatre School)
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