Education & Outreach



Backstage Pass is a free high school subscription program that takes place over six Wednesdays during the academic year. Applications are open to all students in grades 11 and 12 with a keen interest in the performing arts, giving them an opportunity to take an in-depth look at theatre. No experience is necessary – just a love of theatre and willingness to learn and have fun!

Each session starts at 10 am with a workshop tailored to our current John Hirsch Mainstage production and is led by a member of Manitoba’s professional theatre community. Past topics have included the audition process, stage combat, dialects, set design, playwriting and more. After lunch, students attend the matinee performance in the John Hirsch Theatre. The day concludes after our post-show Talkback (approximately 4:45 pm).

Students must commit to attending each session and receive appropriate permission from educators and parents/guardians to be absent from school. Students must make their own travel arrangements to and from the theatre.

MTC will select a total of 25 participants each season. There is no cost to participating students.

APPLICATION FORM - Deadline: October 2nd, 2017

For more information, contact Elena Anciro, Education & Community Engagement Manager at 204 934 0304


Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre assists emerging Manitoban artists with their education by offering scholarships and apprenticeships.

Jean Murray-Moray Sinclair Theatre Scholarships & Apprenticeships

In recognition and celebration of two Winnipeg personalities who contributed to our theatre’s development, Royal MTC established the Jean Murray–Moray Sinclair Theatre Scholarship almost 50 years ago. Since its creation, the fund has financially assisted more than 400 Manitobans aspiring to a career in professional theatre with over 700 scholarships and apprenticeships. The fund is sustained by Royal  MTC’s patrons, who generously respond each season as we “pass the prop” during the run of one John Hirsch Theatre production.

  • Scholarships – Awards funding to full-time students attending accredited theatre schools, or university theatre programs, who intend to pursue a career in theatre.
  • Apprenticeships – Awards work-experience positions to emerging professional artists who have completed accredited post-secondary training within the past two academic years and are looking for opportunities to gain experience in professional theatre.

For more information on Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre's scholarships and apprenticeships, contact our Education & Community Engagement Manager at 204 934 0304