How FLEX Works
With the FLEX program schools will have the ability to book Trickster Theatre in blocks of 5 days throughout the school year. FLEX days do not have to be used for the same class or projects nor do they have to be used at the same time. These days are FLEXable, meaning that you have total control over how and when they are used. But what does that look like in practice?
If you have an upcoming event and want to create a few theatrical pieces to perform, instead of having a full residency your FLEX days could be used to bring in an artist to help develop these pieces. If you are interested in driving a fundraising campaign and adding an on-line component, then your FLEX days could be used to shoot a short video for YouTube.
Some options available to you through FLEX are:
- Classroom support for Act2Learn and/or Kids Go Global
- Helping create a Celebrations of Learning Assembly
- PD Day Support
- Helping with the creation of Digital Work
- Theatre or Tech Workshops
- Campaign Support
- Carnival for Change/Festival Support
- Create a Promotional YouTube Video
If your school has an idea which you think Trickster Theatre can help expand, then the FLEX program is designed to help. We are open to working with you in anyway we can.
The Flex program is a reality because of our partners.
With the FLEX program we will do our best to support your school with any project you want to run however we know that sometime it is helpful to have a few options to get you started. Here are a number of options that are possibilities for your school.
Act2Learn/Kids Go Global Classroom Support
Act2Learn is a web resource providing models designed to teach all sorts of learning objectives through the Trickster Theatre method. These models were designed to get your class acting out the science curriculum in fun and engaging ways. Kids Go Global is another very popular web platform that focuses on Global Issues through physical theatre. The blog allows schools to connect with NGO projects, or start their own projects to create real change in the world.
With FLEX, we could have a Trickster artist come into your school for a day to run through Act2Learn models or create short physical theatre pieces about global issues of interested to your class or school.
Celebration of Learning Assembly
FLEX days could be used to bring in an artist to help create of a Celebration of Learning Assembly. This artist would work with a small selection of classes to create original physical theatre pieces, related to the topics they have been learning about in class. Our artist would provide you with the tools necessary to foster the growth of the piece, and then return for a second day during which they would finesse the work. Once the pieces are complete, our artist will be happy to design and run basic technical components, such as music and sound effects. The Assembly would showcase these pieces to the remainder of the student body as a means of demonstrating new learning techniques.
PD Day Workshop Support
Trickster Theatre has worked in schools for 35 years; in that time we have developed what we believe to be a fantastic method of teaching children, which both engages them and allows them to get out of their desks and learn kinesthetically. Using physical vocabulary and movement patterns to help students act out lesson plans in the corner stone of what has made Trickster a success. We believe that with the right tools and a little training, any teacher has the ability to use the Trickster process in their classroom, and to cover a myriad of topics. In order to assist your teachers in gaining the skills and confidence they need, use some of your FLEX time to bring a Trickster artist in during a Professional Development day to teach a workshop on our process. During this workshop our artist will work with your teachers to show them all the tools they would need to use the Trickster process in their classroom every single day.
Creation of Digital Work
Trickster Theatre has been working in schools for 35 years; in that time we have developed a fantastic method of teaching children, which both engages them and gets them moving. Acting out lesson plans using physical vocabulary and movement patterns is the foundation of Trickster’s program. We believe that, with the right tools, any teacher has the ability to get their class to act out a myriad of topics using Trickster process.
To assist your teachers in gaining the skills and confidence needed, use some FLEX time to bring in a Trickster artist during a Professional Development day to teach a workshop on our process. During this workshop, our artist will work with your teachers to show them all the tools they would need to utilize the Trickster process in their classroom every single day.
Theatre or Tech Workshops
Over our many years of experience, Trickster has come to recognize the truth of the adage ‘we learn best by doing’. Use your FLEX days to bring in a Trickster artist to teach our classroom process, and how to utilize this to teach your students new and exciting topics. If you already know the process, bring an artist in to help you become more comfortable and expand the ways in which you are using it!
During our creation process, Trickster uses a variety of technical components to enhance the final pieces, such as music and sound effects. Use some of your FLEX time to bring in a Trickster artist to show you how to utilize our programs to their best effect. This will allow you to support the pieces you create with a more theatre magic.
Kid Go Global builds connections between schools and Non-Government Organizations, to help students’ campagins make real change in the world. With this goal in mind, we want your school to create and manage campaigns of all sizes, in support of various issues that your students are passionate about. Over the 2014/15 Season, Trickster helped schools raise between $250 and $10,000 for a number of different charities and NGOs. Using our FLEX time in support of your campaigns, you will receive assistance from Trickster to: connect with Kids Go Global’s partner NGOs related to the issue your campaign supports; develop project pages on the Kids Go Global web platform; train your staff and students to create and maintain blog pages; push your campaigns on Trickster Theatre and Kids Go Global social media; schedule NGO speakers to talk to your students about the issues they are supporting; and help you facilitate online donations through a Canada Helps fundraising page. We are committed to helping your students ‘Be the Change’ from the inception of their idea through its completion.
Carnival for Change/Festival Support
A carnival is a great way to support either a single school-wide campaign or multiple smaller campaigns. Whatever your school is looking to support, a carnival can help you meet your goals. Funds are raised through ticket sales, carnival games, and other creative components.
Trickster Theatre can bring in artists to help craft the games to better represent the campaigns you support. We can also run a workshop to teach your students the art of the Carnival barker. NOt to mention, we have artists that are accomplished stilt walkers who will give your carnival an authentic feel.
Create a Promotional YouTube Video
If you are running a fundraiser or event at you school, we will help promote it online. Our artists will come into your school and work alongside your students to create a short video in support of a project. Our videographer will professionally edit the footage and uploaded the finished video to YouTube. Our team will push your video on our social media pages. Finally, we will link the video to a Canada Helps page to collect online donations.
This past season Trickster Theatre worked with North Haven School to create a short video to support a 5 school floor hockey tournament hoset by Jumpstart. The video was shot on a Wednesday and by Friday it was on YouTube, driving people to their Canada Helps fundraising page. Because of this online presence, North Haven was able to raise an additional $2000 for Jumpstart.
You can see North Haven’s One Goal a Thousand Assists video here!
What FLEX Schools are Doing
This year a number of schools have used the FLEX program to enhance their projects with the help of Trickster Theatre. As you will see from the following examples, the FLEX program can be used to achieve all sorts of amazing things.
The FLEX program can be booked in increments of 5 days at a time (Remember these days can be used separately and at any time throughout the school year). The scope of your ideas or the number of classes/projects you want to have in the FLEX program will determine the number of days you will need.
Please keep this in mind when booking your FLEX program.
The fee structure for the FLEX programs is as follows, travel surcharges may apply:
- 5 FLEX Days: $2,500
- 10 FLEX Days: $5,000
- 15 FLEX Days: $7,500
- 20 FLEX Days: $10,000
- 25 FLEX Days: $12,500
Funding for the FLEX program can be included in an AFA application if you are applying for a full Trickster residency this year. Please note that all FLEX days funded in this way must be used within 3 months of your residency week.
If you have questions about the FLEX program please contact us at 403-288-9393 or email [email protected]