TNB Theatre School Summer Programs

June - August 2020

Every Monday in July and August there’s an air of anticipation at the TNB Studio on Whiting Road as a new class of students gathers for a week of extraordinary theatre and extraordinary fun. By Friday new friendships will be formed, new skills learned and a production performed for family and friends.

Since it was founded in 1999, TNB Theatre School endowed by the Stephen Graham Bird Trust has offered outstanding training in acting, voice and movement, singing and dance in a fun and supportive environment.

Grades 3-5

July 6 - July 10, 2020 (9AM-5PM)

Students receive introductory training in acting, voice and movement as they embark on a week-long acting adventure that focuses on storytelling, improvisation, character creation and collaboration.

Tuition - $200. A $10 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot.

Grades 3-5

July 13-17, 2020 (9AM-5PM)

Students will receive introductory training in music, voice, dance and acting through games, workshops, and delving into songs and scenes from their favourite musicals.

Tuition - $200. A $10 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot.

Grades 3-5

July 20-24, 2020 (9AM-5PM)

Students will receive introductory training in music, voice, dance and acting through games, workshops, and delving into songs and scenes from their favourite musicals.

Tuition - $200. A $10 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot.

Grades 6-8

July 27 – July 31, 2020 (9AM-5PM)

Students' acting, voice and dance skills will be challenged and expanded as they work with a music director, choreographer and acting coach through workshops, games, scene studies and exploring the choreography and music of popular musicals.

Tuition - $200. A $10 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot.

Grades 6- 12

August 4 – 7, 2020 (9AM-5PM) *Four Days only due to New Brunswick Day

Focusing on acting training and performance, students will study acting theory, voice work, and movement. Students will also take workshops in various different performance styles such as pantomime, improvisation, puppetry, and physical theatre. These skills will be applied through monologue and scene studies, and original theatre creations led by the students.

Tuition - $160 +HST. A $10 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot.

Grades 6-12

August 10- August 14, 2020 (9AM-5PM)

Students will study advanced classes in film acting, scene study, and the many aspects and roles involved in filmmaking with the award winning filmmakers of Strike Pictures. The professional team at Strike Pictures will lead students through the experience of being directed in a film scene, which will then be edited and screened at the end of the week. Students will then apply what they’ve learned by creating their own film they will present at the screening.

Tuition - $200+HST. A $10 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot.

Our Instructors:


Lance Kenneth Blakeny

Lance Kenneth Blakney is a filmmaker and photographer based in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. His passion for still and moving imagery, in combination with his honours degree in Media Arts and Cultures, facilitates the creation of visually beautiful photographs and films that can also exist within a social and political context.

Arianna Martinez

Arianna Martinez is a filmmaker and educator living in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She is a co-founding member of Strike Pictures, and with them has produced several short films that have screened internationally and have been licensed to CBC for broadcasting. Her filmmaking primarily focuses on intersectionality, with her ultimate goal being to foster and promote a platform for women to share their stories through filmmaking.

Registration

Registration is now open for all summer programs:

Attached below is a PDF fillable registration form. Please:

1. Download Form

2. Fill it Out

3. Save Form As= Registration Form_Student Name

4. Email the form to theatreschool@tnb.nb.ca. We are currently working reduced hours so we will not always be available by phone.

2020 Summer Program Registration Form

TNB Theatre School COVID-19 Operational Plan

TNB Theatre School FAQs

What should I do prior to the first day?


Registration will take place online through a downloadable PDF.

A non-refundable security deposit of $10 included in the price will be required to hold your spot.

Payment will be processed on the first day of class.

Preferred method of registration and payment is to fill out the 2020 Summer Program Registration Form, including your credit card information. We can arrange alternative methods of payment if necessary. We are unable to accept visa debit or interact transfers.

What are the arrival procedures?


Arrival takes place between 8:30-9AM each day.

It is encouraged that only one adult per family be responsible for drop-off and pick-up each day.

Social Distance markings will be made outside in the theatre school parking lots for parents and students to line up for sign ins.

When weather permits, a sign in table and payment table will be set up outside of the theatre school. When the weather does not permit, we will place a screener outside the door who will control access to the door to ensure only one guest enters at a time.

Students will receive a temperature and symptom check each day upon arrival.

After sign-in, parents or guardians will be asked to leave. An instructor will take students into their rehearsal space to join their “bubble” and participate in some individual or small group activities while other students arrive.

What is a “bubble”?


Bubbles help us ensure that proper physical distancing is being maintained.

Bubble size is determined by Government of New Brunswick guidelines for Day Camps. As of May 8, 2020, group size is restricted to 15 children, plus staff.

Students will be assigned to a bubble of other students and instructors for the week. Physical distancing will not need to be maintained within each bubble, but will be maintained between bubbles.

Each bubble will have their own entrance/exit to the building, and their own private bathrooms used by students only.

What happens if a student has symptoms?


Students or staff with 2 symptoms (or 1 symptom if that symptom is purple toes or fingers) will be sent home, and parents will be instructed to self-isolate the child and call 811 for direction.

If symptoms should develop during the day, the camper will be isolated and the parent will be informed. You will be expected to pick up the child within one hour.

An up-to-date list of symptoms can be found here.

If a case is confirmed, the Theatre School Director will immediately inform all guardians of the students and proper signage will be posted.

If an outbreak occurs within the theatre school or province, we are prepared to move the rest of the camps online.

What health measures are being taken throughout the day?


In addition to the measures already mentioned, some noteworthy practices include:

All theatre school staff will be symptom checked and temperature checked before entering the building each day.

Staff will wear face masks during registration.

The Theatre School Director will maintain social distance and wear a mask to allow for interaction with both bubbles.

Students will be instructed at the beginning of the day and reminded regularly of good hygiene practices (ie. hand washing, coughing/sneezing into a tissue or elbow, physical distancing from other bubbles).

We have instituted strict cleaning and disinfecting procedures overseen by the Theatre School Director.

We will limit the use and sharing of set pieces and props and all will be disinfected after each use.

We will still enforce social distancing during activities in which the likelihood of aerosol transmission is higher, such as vocal class, voice training activities, dance warm ups, and lunch and snacks. We have taped out social distance boxes on the rehearsal hall floors to help students maintain social distance.

Non-theatre school TNB staff will primarily work from home. When they must enter the building, they will not be entering the student rehearsal spaces and will have their own separate bathroom.

Instructors will keep masks on their body at all times. If an instructor is required to break social distance with a student i.e. to administer first aid, they will first put on their mask.

For further questions about protocol please see our full TNB Theatre School COVID-19 Operational Plan

What are the sign-out/pick up procedures?


Class ends at 5PM. Pick up will take place between 4:45-5:15PM.

Upon arrival, please remain in your vehicle. An instructor will be stationed outdoors to retrieve your student upon your arrival and send them to your vehicle.

For students who need to be picked up early, this will be arranged with the Theatre School Director during sign-in. Parents will be given a cell phone number to text upon arrival. An instructor will bring the student out for pick up.

Will there be final presentations this year?


Due to current health guidelines camps will not culminate in a final performance like they have in past years.
We will send home recordings of class performances through a secure, private link via email.

TNB Theatre School Policies


We encourage all potential and current TNB Theatre School families to familiarize themselves with our TNB Theatre School policies.

Student bursaries for our 2020-2021 season are supported in part through a grant from the Fredericton Community Foundation and the Jackson Wright Youth Fund.