Arts Umbrella Stage Coach Theatre Arts Workshop

Offered by
Arts Umbrella
Last updated on
Monday, September 27th, 2021
Experience type: 
Virtual Field Trip
Program Description


Since 1988, the Stage Coach program has provided free theatre arts workshops to Metro Vancouver elementary schools.

Arts Umbrella teaching artists bring creativity-inspiring activities into local elementary schools over the course of three days (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) and deliver two workshops per day to participating classes. Workshops run for a maximum of 75 minutes and are offered at 9:00am and 10:45am each day. This program can take up to 6 classes at each elementary school (1 per workshop); each class explores a curriculum-relevant topic through Theatre Arts – experiencing the arts through theatre games, performing, and more. School children have the chance to embrace diversity, explore artistic expression, and nurture community spirit – all while having fun!

A generation of children have experienced these incredible workshops – directly benefiting from free, high-quality arts programming in their schools. 

To apply for the BMO Stage Coach program, please email Kelsey Lee, Coordinator, Vancouver Community Programs at, and include "BMO Stage Coach" in the subject line. Schools in areas demonstrating high economic, social, and cultural vulnerability will be prioritized. Successful applicants will be notified in 2-5 business days.

For more information about Arts Umbrella and what we do, please visit our website: 

Big Ideas
  • Dance, drama, music, and visual arts express meaning in unique ways.
  • Engagement in the arts creates opportunities for inquiry through purposeful play.
  • People connect to others and share ideas through the arts.
  • People create art to express who they are as individuals and community.
  • Creative expression develops our unique identity and voice.
  • Dance, drama, music, and visual arts are each unique languages for creating and communicating.
  • Inquiry through the arts creates opportunities for risk taking.
  • People connect to the hearts and minds of others in a variety of places and times through the arts.
  • Creative experiences involve an interplay between exploration, inquiry, and purposeful choice.
  • The arts connect our experiences to the experiences of others.
  • The mind and body work together when creating works of art.
  • Artists experiment in a variety of ways to discover new possibilities.
  • Creative expression is a means to explore and share one’s identity within a community.
  • Exploring works of art exposes us to diverse values, knowledge, and perspectives.
  • Engaging in creative expression and experiences expands people’s sense of identity and belonging.
  • Works of art influence and are influenced by the world around us.
  • Artistic expressions differ across time and place.
  • Experiencing art is a means to develop empathy for others’ perspectives and experiences.
  • Engaging in the arts develops people’s ability to understand and express complex ideas.
  • Experiencing art challenges our point of view and expands our understanding of others.
  • Through art making, one’s sense of identity and community continually evolves.
  • Daily physical activity helps us develop movement skills and physical literacy, and is an important part of healthy living.
  • Learning about ourselves and others helps us develop a positive attitude and caring behaviours, which helps us build healthy relationships.
  • Having good communication skills and managing our emotions enables us to develop and maintain healthy relationships.
  • Learning how to participate and move our bodies in different physical activities helps us develop physical literacy.
  • Our physical, emotional, and mental health are interconnected.
  • Knowing what we enjoy doing and knowing about our opportunities to participate in those activities helps us develop an active lifestyle.
  • COVID Precautions

    For Fall 2021 (September-December 2021), Arts Umbrella offers these workshops online over Microsoft Teams or Zoom. In order to successfully participate in these workshops, teachers must have access to: Internet, Microsoft Teams or Zoom, a projector, projector screen or large blank wall, laptop with webcam, and external speakers. The laptop must be positioned in the room so that we can see all the students participating. Workshops must take place in a clear, open space (if it's the classroom, please have desks and chairs pushed to the walls). We hold two workshops per day we are booked at the school, for a total of 6 workshops over 3 days. We work with a maximum 6 classes over 3 days (1 class per workshop).

    Trip Details
    For Grades: 
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
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    75 minutes unless otherwise stated.
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    Arts Umbrella offers this program at no charge to participating schools, thanks to the generous donation of BMO Bank of Montreal. Advance booking is required.

    Additional Notes

    The workshops have not been developed for Kindergarten classes, preschools, daycares, scouts, guides, or home learning programs.

    Teachers must stay in the room with their class for the duration of the workshop. Arts Umbrella teaching artists cannot be left alone with a class and cannot provide remedy or prep recovery to teachers.

    Arts Umbrella teaching artists MAY reduce the time length of a workshop, depending on student engagement level on workshop day.

    School gym or large, multi-purpose room (approx. 1,000 sqft) must be booked for the workshops in order to allow students to move around. We hold two workshops per day we are booked at the school, for a total of 6 workshops over 3 days. We work with a maximum 6 classes over 3 days. 

    Please note that this program follows a set schedule of workshops running from 9:00-10:15am and 10:45-12:00pm each day we are booked (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday). This schedule may run into your school's recess and lunch times - please ensure all teachers at your school that have booked their class for a workshop are aware that this schedule is necessary.