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Backstage Pass students. Photo by Leif Norman.


Read about all of Royal MTC's free youth programs below and on the linked pages.  NextGen Fringer registration and applications for our school year programs are currently open!


The Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, presented each July by Royal MTC, strives to break down traditional boundaries between audiences and artists, encouraging open dialogue between theatre-goers and theatre-creators. If you are aged 16-23 and love the Fringe - or if you've never been and want to see what it's all about - then NextGen Fringers is the program for you!  NextGen Fringers get free tickets to Fringe plays, connect with other young theatregoers, and share their experiences to spread the word about one of our favourite ways to spend the summer. More details and registration for NextGen Fringers here!


YOUNg Expressions 

A group for grade 10-12 students to see theatre, discuss and (you guessed it) express! Everyone has an opinion - consider and develop yours! As a Young Expressions participant, you’ll get a free VIP ticket to attend select performances. Broaden your mind, strengthen your observational skills, connect with artists and theatre reviewers as one of the first people to see our shows, and share your thoughts. 

24/25 Young Expressions Dates: Thursday evenings October 24, November 21, January 9, February 13, March 20, April 10 (Family Day – bring a guest!); May 1 (Zine making)

More details about Young Expressions here!

Backstage pass 

Our popular theatre exploration series for grade 11 and 12 students! Discover how artists and craftspeople create the worlds you see onstage. This engaging series of workshops takes you behind-the-scenes and lets you see Mainstage productions for free. No experience is necessary – just curiosity, and a willingness to learn and have fun!
 Backstage Pass occurs during the school day and participants will require permission from both their school and parents/guardians to attend. Participants are asked to commit to the whole series of 6 Wednesdays. 

Backstage Pass 24/25 dates: Wednesdays October 30, December 4, January 15, February 26, April 9, May 7

More details about Backstage Pass here!

NEW! - STUDENT shadow Days 

Do you wonder what it’s like to work at Royal MTC? Students will have a private facility tour, meet and have the opportunity to ask questions of Production and Artistic staff, and experience a rehearsal or show environment. A limited number of dates are available throughout the season (late October–mid May) on some Mondays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays. Dates are determined by Royal MTC’s schedule and staff availability, as well as student availability and interest. Please discuss the areas of theatre that interest you in your introduction letter.


24/25 SEASON Youth program application

This is the application form for Young Expressions and/or Backstage Pass and/or a Student Shadow Day.  Applications are due October 9 at 11:59 pm.
PDF Application
Word Doc Application

Each application must include:

  • a completed form
  • a letter from you outlining why you want to participate in the program. If this is a barrier for you and you would prefer to talk on the phone or send a voice memo, just contact Ksenia to make arrangements!
  • a reference letter from a teacher outlining your enthusiasm, commitment, ability to collaborate, strengths, and challenges to tell us why you and our youth programs are a good fit!

If you have any questions or face barriers in the application process, please contact Ksenia Broda-Milian by email or call 204 954 6413.


Discounted Tickets

Youth under 18 who attend performances casually can select a discounted ticket price when booking their seats. Anyone aged 18-29 is eligible for our Theatre Under 30 program to access $20 tickets for selected performances throughout the season. Find out more about Theatre Under 30 here

For more information, contact Ksenia Broda-Milian, Education and Enrichment Manager, at


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