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Backstage Pass participants. Photo by Leif Norman.



Discover how artists and craftspeople create the worlds you see onstage. Attend engaging workshops led by theatre professionals and see Mainstage productions for free! No experience is necessary, just a love of theatre, curiosity, and willingness to learn and have fun! 

This season, we'll hold 6 sessions on Wednesdays. Arrive at 9:45 am for a workshop tailored to our current Mainstage production led by a member of Manitoba’s professional theatre community. Past topics have included stage management, design, choreography, auditioning, playwriting, scenic art, prop-making, character creation, voice, and more!
Lunch is provided.
After lunch, students attend the matinee performance and a post-show Talkback to ask the actors questions. The end of day will depend on how long the show is, but most sessions would finish at approximately 4:45 pm or earlier. Once show running times have been confirmed, participants and families will be updated.

Backstage Pass meets during the school day, and participants need permission from both their school and caregivers to attend. You are responsible for getting permission to miss classes and other activities. Students are expected to come to all of the Backstage Pass sessions unless they are sick.

2023/24 schedule: 6 Daytime Wednesdays. Workshops to be announced.
October 30: The Play That Goes Wrong
December 4: Little Women 
January 15: Waitress 
February 2: Indecent
April 9: Casey and Diana
May 7: ELEVATE: Manaajii ' idiwin

2023/24 Youth Programs Application 

Deadline October 9 2024, 11:50 pm
23/24 Youth Application PDF
23/24 Youth Application Word Doc

Here's what past participants have said about their experience at Backstage Pass:

"Seeing these shows and learning about theatre and all different aspects of it and making friends at the same time is the best way to spend my days and I’m so thankful for this opportunity."

"It was really fascinating to see the behind-the-scenes stuff. I was so overwhelmed with joy the entire time!"

"This program was an absolute pleasure to take part in. I loved meeting new people and especially taking awesome workshops with amazing people! Would 100% recommend it to anyone who is considering it!"

"I really loved how many different facets of theatre we got to learn about – every time I leave I feel like I’m bursting with new knowledge and creativity! I feel encouraged now that I have a greater understanding of how big the theatre world is – like I will always be able to find a place for myself in it."

"I felt like I was able to come out of my shell."

"Backstage Pass was such a great program to actually learn about the ins and outs of theatre. It gave me the opportunity to see more plays than I’ve ever been able to before. I’m really grateful for the experience and for the incredibly friendly and welcoming environment!

"Hearing from real people in the industry was spectacular."

"Backstage Pass was an awesome experience! It was an amazing opportunity to see shows and learn about aspects of theatre I hadn’t considered. My favourite part has been making friends and connections with other young artists my age!"


If you face barriers in applying or need more information, please contact:
Ksenia Broda-Milian
Education & Enrichment Manager
204 954 6413 •

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