Armbrae Academy Theatre in Residence Program

Organization Sponsor: Armbrae Academy

Organization Partner: Zuppa Circus Theatre


Program Description

Armbrae Academy has one of the most innovative Drama programs in the country. It is directed by 2 of the core members of Zuppa Circus Theatre, Ben Stone and Sue Leblanc-Crawford, and Zuppa's Associate Instructor Sarah Klein. Zuppa Circus Theatre is an award winning Halifax theatre company. The troupe also teaches public speaking to all grades and leads the school's annual Shakespeare Festival.

Armbrae Academy was founded in 1887 as the Halifax Ladies' College. Originally located at another site, Armbrae is today situated at 1400 Oxford Street, across from Dalhousie University. The School is now co-educational from Preschool to 12 and is open to students of any race, creed, or nationality.

As the seat of the provincial government, Halifax is richly endowed in historical and cultural resources. Its galleries, museums, historic monuments, libraries, colleges, and universities serve as a valuable adjunct to the educational programme of the school.

Today the Junior and Senior school population of 245 is under the guidance of a faculty of 27 members. The atmosphere is structured but informal, and as such provides the student with an opportunity to form close relationships with teachers, and with other students.

Armbrae Academy is a non-profit organization incorporated by an Act of the Nova Scotia Legislature and governed by a 17-member Board of Governors. The Board is composed of parents, alumni, faculty, and members of the community.

Funding Sources: 

Armbrae Development Office

Strategies For Sustainability: 

As Company in Residence, Zuppa coordinates the extra-curricular drama program at the school, which produces four shows each year.

Impact Of Program: 

The company also teaches public speaking to grades 2-12 and collaborates with the English teachers on the school's annual Shakespeare Festival

Evaluation Tools: 

Evaluation from the students.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

The coordination the academics and the extra curiicular makes it essential for success. Kids and parents love the perfomance experience.Having 4 shows a year gives the kids alot of practical experience.

Length and Stage of Project: 

This began in 2007.

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