Grand OnStage performances are supported and amplified by engagement that aims to build community and expand the reach of the presenting program. Through master classes, pre- and post-show artist talks, workshops, partnerships, artist residencies and more, the engagement program supports greater access and opportunities for engagement with the performing arts for all. The Kingston Grand Theatre and Grand OnStage also offers young people the opportunity to experience world-class theatre, dance and music through live performance school program and arts learning.
Engagement and Learning Highlights
In 2019, an Elder-in-Residence program was introduced to share knowledge, traditional teachings, and offer cultural support to Grand OnStage patrons and artists. Grandmother Kathy Brant is the current Elder-in-Residence. She is Mohawk of the Haudenosaunee Six Nations Confederacy and has worked with Indigenous communities for close to 25 years.
In 2020, engagement opportunities including post-show artist talks and partnerships were delivered as part of the Virtual Grand OnStage program that launched in September 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2021, the Grand Theatre launched a new Local Arts Residency for Kingston-based artists in response to the impact of COVID-19 on the performing arts. The residency, which takes place in the Grand Theatre’s Regina Rosen Auditorium is open to Kingston-based artists and collectives working in varying performing arts disciplines and provides participants space and support to explore new ideas, create, self-direct their research and time and nurture new directions in their work.
Learn more about the Grand Theatre and Grand OnStage engagement and learning opportunities below.