Co-create a performance with professional artists based on your choice of theme.

In this current season we are doing virtual video story based residencies as well as virtual classroom level theatre based residencies (no big show at the end). We are also doing in-school video story based residencies where possible.  

For 2021-22 we expect to offering our standard in-school theatre residency format with shows in the gym, as well as in-school video residencies and virtual theatre and video residencies.


We will be supporting schools applying to the AFA April 1 deadline for either in-school video residencies or in-school theatre based residencies. All applications will also include a Plan B virtual format in case Covid is still a factor.

What happens in a Theatre Residency?

We discover the show through a very simple group improv process. Our Tricksters begin by creating movement patterns with your students, the actors. Then we build the context around these patterns, developing the story and the dialogue.

Fundamental to the Trickster Process is our use of everyday items as props. Our actors improvise with plungers, bins, bamboo poles, pool noodles, scarves, and other everyday objects. On top of this, we bring the spectacle of our signature blacklight and shadow screen styles for traditional performances and green screen for video performances.

What's included?

Our Team…

  • Includes 2-10 professional artists
  • Works with up to 600 actors
  • Accommodates grades K-12

We’ll Provide…

Traditional residencies:

  • Professional lighting, sound, & curtains
  • Costumes for all students
  • Hundreds of multi-purpose props
  • 1-2 public performances

What happens in a Video Residency?

The biggest difference in this residency is that the style of creation moves from Theatre to Video.  We will be creating a separate video with each class and we’ll edit all of the class pieces into a school video that can be shared online with a password.

We’ll be using Green Screens so that we can place students anywhere!

These Video based Residencies may in some cases be able to be held over a multi-week period so that fewer artists are in the school.

What's included?

Our Team…

  • Includes 2-10 professional artists
  • Works with up to 600 students
  • Accommodates grades K-12

We’ll Provide…

  • Professional lighting & video equipment
  • Multiple green screens – large and small 
  • A large library of  background images and music
  • All artists have full camera rigs with lights and microphones
  • Videos edited with visual overlays and fun elements

Online Residencies


Available in 2 Formats

1. Theatre based stories in which the whole classroom is the stage and we co-create an original performance together. 

2. Video based Stories where we co-create a video together. 

In both of these formats the artists will not be physically in the school at all. Artists will work with students over Zoom. 

These residencies will typically have a longer time frame (2-4 weeks)

Trickster Artists are still responsible for all aspects of the residency.

What's included?

Our Team…

  • Includes 1-5 professional artists
  • Works with any size school
  • Accommodates grades K-12
  • Residency can happen over multiple weeks with different classes each week

We’ll Provide…

  • Artists to direct the performance or video via Google Meets or Zoom
  • Video equipment as needed will be delivered to the school

In ALL Residencies...

Every student will…

  • Learn about and explore the chosen theme
  • Learn to write better stories
  • Spend about 90 minutes every day working with a professional artist
  • Have full involvement in the process
  • Gain confidence in themselves and their talents
  • Perform in the show/video

Choose Your Theme

Focusing your residency on a specific theme makes it cohesive. Each class will create pieces of the performance that focus on topics within your greater theme. The theme can be anything you want, but here are a few common themes for your consideration.


Explore what it means to be Canadian. Students can present stories about the history of Canada, the landscape, the people, and the future of our country.


These schools will look at what it means to welcome others to be part of their local, national and international family.

Finding the Balance

Reconciliation is an important topic in Canada. Explore the strengths of different worldviews as we find the balance between
two worlds.


By exploring how to have a growth mindset, stress management, the effects of sugar on your body, or healthy sleep habits, students will be able to really connect with topics that will help them be happier and healthier people.

Global Issues

Act out global issues and learn more about the world. Extend your learning with the Kids Go Global website where we provide resources to run school projects & share student work.


Drawing inspiration from The Leader in Me principles, this theme explores the leadership values that inspire our youth, helping students determine the steps towards their own success.

Literary Genres

Each class will create a theatre piece based on a literary genre, including  Science Fiction, Fables, Documentary, Detective Novels, Poetry, Historical Fiction, and more.


Every class participating will create a performance about how Math is used in real world situations.  Included in the performances is a live-time projection outlining the Math that the students are using in their play!

Roots & Wings

Explore the history of your community, unearth stories about the past, celebrate your local heroes, and imagine what the future looks like in your community.

Science Alive

Explore the science curriculum by acting it out. We can create a physical understanding of any topic such as plant growth, flight, magnetism, and more.


Stories have been a part of all cultures since time began.  During their residency , classes will create and tell stories that will be performed for the audience at the end of the week. These stories will all celebrate the imagination of the students.

Stories of Place

Every place has a story – schools will delve into what stories can be told from the place that they are located.  These might include stories from the perspective of the land, stories of the people who have lived on the land over time, or of big events that have happened in that location.

Explore Your Theme

We can create a show based on whatever you can imagine! Dare to dream – what ideas 
do you want to 
explore together.

Step One

Set up a meeting to discuss options.

Step Two

Choose a theme for your residency.

Step Three

We’ll help put together your grant application.

Available Dates

Residency Info Meeting


Oct. 5-9 BOOKED

Oct. 12-16: OPEN – 4-Day Residency

Oct. 19-23: BOOKED

Oct. 26-30 BOOKED

Nov. 2-6: BOOKED

Nov. 9-13: OPEN – 4-Day

Residency – ( call to check suitablity)

Nov. 16-20: OPEN

Nov. 23-27: BOOKED

Nov. 30 – Dec. 4 :BOOKED

Dec. 7-11: BOOKED

Dec. 14-18: OPEN

Jan. 4-8: BOOKED

Jan. 11-15: BOOKED

Jan. 18-22: OPEN

Jan. 25-29 : BOOKED

Feb. 1-5: BOOKED

Feb. 8-12: BOOKED

Feb. 15-19: OPEN – 4-Day Residency ( call to check suitablity)

Feb. 22-26: BOOKED

Mar. 1-5: OPEN – small school only ( 12 classes or less)

Mar. 8-12: OPEN – small school only ( 12 classes or less)

Mar. 15-19: BOOKED

Mar. 22-26: BOOKED

Mar. 29-Apr. 2: OPEN – 4-Day Residency – (call to check suitablity)

Apr. 5-9: OPEN – 4-Day Residency- ( call to check suitablity)

Apr. 12-16: BOOKED

Apr. 19-23: BOOKED

Apr. 26-30: BOOKED

May 3-7: BOOKED

May 10-14: BOOKED

May 17-21: BOOKED

May 25-28: OPEN – 4 day week, small school only (12 classes or less)

May 31-June 4: OPEN 

June 7-11: BOOKED

June 14-18: OPEN – small school only (12 classes or less)


Sep 13-17: OPEN 
Sep 20-24: OPEN 
Sep 27-Oct 1: OPEN 


Oct 4-8:OPEN 
Oct 12-15:OPEN – 4 day week
Oct 18-22:OPEN
Oct 25-29:OPEN


Nov 1-5:

Chief Crowfoot School, Siksika


OPEN – schools over 10 classes

Nov 8-12:

OPEN – 4 day week

Nov 15-19:

Elizabeth Quintal School, Peerless Lake


Chief Big Belly School, Tsuutina

Nov 22-26:

Taotha Community School, Nordegg


Chiila School, Tsuutinna


Nov 29-Dec 3:École les Cyprès, Medicine Hat
 OPEN – schools over 10 classes
Dec 6-10:Arrowwood Community School, Arrowwood
 École Plamondon, Plamondon
Dec 13-17:Bentley School, Bentley
 Amisk School, Amisk
Dec 20-23: OPEN  – 4 day week


Jan 3-7: OPEN 
Jan 10-14: RJ Hawkey School, Airdrie
 Scott Robertson School, Edmonton
Jan 17-21: St. Catherine School, Grande Prairie
 Grasmere School, AB Beach
Jan 24-28: EE Oliver School, Fairview
 OPEN – schools under 10 classes


Jan 31-Feb 4:  Clive School, Clive
 Clarence Jaycox School, Red Earth Creek
Feb 7-11: Westmount Elementary, Strathmore
 Cadotte Lake School, Cadotte Lake
Feb 14-18: Carbon School, Carbon
 OPEN – schools over 10 classes
Feb 22-25: OPEN (4 day week)


Feb 28-Mar 4: Kateri School, Trout Lake
 Saipoyi School, Standoff
Mar 7-11:Tomahawk School, Tomahawk
 Calgary French and International School, Calgary
Mar 14-18: St. Stanislaus School, Edmonton
 Botha School, Botha
Mar 21-25: Joseph Welsh School, Red Deer
 OPEN– schools under 10 classes
Mar 28-Apr 1: Vulcan Prairieview School, Vulcan
 New Myrnam School, Myrnam


Apr 4-8: Windsor Park School, Edmonton
 Collingwood School, Calgary
Apr 11-15: OPEN – 4 day week
Apr 18-22: Thickwood Heights School, Fort McMurray; 
 OPEN – schools over 10 classes (4 day week)
Apr 25-29: Manning Elementary, Manning
 Elbow Valley School, Calgary
 Athabasca Delta Community School, Fort Chipewyan





May 2-6:Janet Johnstone School, Calgary
 Fox Creek School, Fox Creek
May 9-13: Rosary Roman Separate School, Manning
 Balwin School, Edmonton
May 16-20: Chief Jacob Bearspaw School, Eden Valley
 Exshaw School, Exshaw
May 23-27:OPEN – 4 day week


May 30-Jun 3: Eleanor Hall School, Clyde
 Atikameg School, Atikameg
Jun 6-10: OPEN
Jun 13-17: OPEN
Jun 20-24:OPEN
Talk to us to discuss available dates, costs, AFA grants, possible themes and any other questions you might have. If you decide to book, we can start that process too.

What works best for you?​


50% or 75% Funding possible

Up to $15,000

Grant Writing Support

Accessible Help Files

Artists & Education Grant

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) provides residency program funding assistance directly to Alberta schools. The annual application deadline is April 1, which may provide funding for projects in the following school year.

See it in Action

What Teachers are Saying

The patience of the staff, enthusiasm, patience, flexibility make these performers, program and final performance exceptional. I can see everyone really puts their hearts into making it the best for children and staff. My kids left wanting MORE from Trickster!!!! 

- Michele Meijer, Waverly Elementary School, Edmonton 2019-20

Trickster helped our students come alive in physical theatre and showed them another way to learn. Students were enthusiastic, creative, took risks and looked invincible on stage. Students have created memories that will stay with them for many years to come.

- Barb Davis, Waverly Elementary School, Edmonton 2019-20

Trickster Theatre was a special experience for our staff, students and community. Our students were fully engaged and empowered to bring their ideas to life. Trickster was able to help create memories that will last a lifetime!

- Brian Pedersen, École Danserau Meadows, Beaumont 2019-20

From start to finish the trickster staff and artists made the residency process easy and enjoyable. The residency week was one of those peak moments in life that the students will always remember.

- Karina Miller, Mannville School, Mannville 2018-19

If you ever have the opportunity to have Trickster take over your school for a week do not turn it down! This non-stop, fun filled residency will have students learning in a whole new way. Some students that are struggling with personal trials were able to bond with their classmates and forget their troubles for a little while they were learning and that was the most beautiful thing to see.

- Jenn Thompson, St John Paul II Catholic School, Grande Prairie 2018-19

If you are looking to enhance your connection with your community, Tricksters is your key. What about staff collaboration and energizing students? Tricksters ties the performance philosophy into every day of the residency. Students learn about physical theatre, themselves, and their teacher. The teacher learns about how students can shine when offered a different learning approach. Teachers learn about their peers and develop a shared knowledge of the theme. It can be inspiring. Take the chance. Check out Tricksters!

- G.LaCoste A.B.Daley School, Nanton, AB 2018-19

Trickster Theater interacted with every student in our school. The week was a great experience for our students. The final show was outstanding; and the students were glowing with pride!

- Penny Messom - Greentree Elementary, Drumheller 2018-19

I like the fact that the Residency Tricksters allow the students to play a big role in creating this moment. It was about the students. They created the play and acted the play. It allowed the students to show their hidden talents.

- Yvette, Rainbow Lake School, Rainbow Lake 2018-19

Students thoroughly enjoyed the week. It was amazing to see what students could do with a simple idea. Students creativity and strengths came through in their performances and their confidence in their storytelling abilities grew over the week.

- Dara Taylor, St Catherine School, Grande Prairie 2018-19

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