Celebrating 15 years

Students at Agincourt Collegiate Institute (TDSB) participate in a Studio 180 IN CLASS workshop led by Artist Educators Jessica Greenberg and Jeff Miller. Photo by Annie MacKay, April 2017
Students at Agincourt Collegiate Institute (TDSB) participate in a Studio 180 IN CLASS workshop led by Artist Educators Jessica Greenberg and Jeff Miller. Photo by Annie MacKay, April 2017

Studio 180 ACCESS

180 ACCESS gives high school students from across the GTA access to the theatre creation process with professional playwrights and theatre artists through subsidized readings and workshops.

Over the past six years, we’ve committed ourselves to working with high school students to help them explore multiple points of view and become better leaders through our Studio 180 IN CLASS education program, which uses theatrical techniques to humanize social and political issues.

TD Bank Group

180 ACCESS is a new initiative that combines our education program with our play development program, Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT, to give students the unique opportunity to engage in the playwriting process in a meaningful way.

Through 180 ACCESS, students become an important part of the creation process as they work directly with Artist Educators in workshops and provide feedback to professional playwrights at readings.

November 2016: Students at Martingrove Collegiate Institute thank TD Bank Group during a Studio 180 IN CLASS workshop led by Artist Educators Jeff Miller and Kimwun Perehenic. Photo by Kimwun Perehenic.

Creating opportunities for young people to meaningfully engage with theatre is important because it can help them develop critical thinking, empathy and leadership skills. 180 ACCESS seeks to inspire personal growth, strengthen communities, and help students become lifelong supporters of arts and culture.

During our 2016/17 Season, TD Bank Group’s support helped us engage 490 students with this unique arts experience by subsidizing workshop costs for 21 classes from schools across the Greater Toronto Region.