The Grant Burnyeat Student Series is a new initiative developed by the Arts Club’s Education Department in collaboration with long-time theatre supporter, former Arts Club board member, and Supreme Court Justice—Grant Burnyeat. The intention of this program is twofold: to provide meaningful opportunities for youth to participate in the arts on a more frequent basis and to strengthen relationships between the Arts Club and local Vancouver secondary schools and youth organizations.

The Grant Burnyeat Student Series will offer 30 free tickets annually to all 18 Vancouver public high schools, affording students the opportunity to attend Arts Club performances free of charge. We can also provide a complimentary workshop that will explore the themes, style, and/or content of the show that students will be attending, enhancing their overall experience and understanding of the production.

In addition to providing secondary school groups with a complimentary theatre experience, students who attend Arts Club productions through this program are also invited to participate in the Grant Burnyeat Annual Writing Competition.

To book your group of 30, please contact Becky Gold, Education and Outreach Associate, at or 604.687.5315, ext. 250, and indicate your first and second choice of shows. You will then be contacted with potential performance dates.

2017/18 Season Shows

Now playing until May 5, 2018
Now playing until May 6, 2018
Me and You
June 14 – July 19, 2018
Mamma Mia! is no longer available as part of the Grant Burnyeat Student Series

Grant Burnyeat Annual Writing Competition

This writing competition asks students to consider the following questions:

  1. Why is it important that students have access to live theatre?
  2. What contribution does live theatre make to our society?
  3. What was it about the production that you saw that meant the most to you?

All essays submitted will go through an adjudication process. The two essays that best demonstrate considerable thought and insight regarding the impact of live theatre on youth today will be selected to receive cash prizes. The first place essay writer will be awarded $750 and second place writer will receive $250.

Please fill out an applicant information form to submit in addition to your essay. All documents can be submitted by email to Becky Gold, Education and Outreach Associate at We are pleased to receive essays on an ongoing basis, however the final deadline to submit an essay is July 2, 2018.