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Dr. Martha Cohen School

Canada’s History of Performing Arts

Trickster Theatre logoOur students at Dr. Martha Cohen School will work with professional artists from Trickster Theatre for one week to create an original performance based around our theme.

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Canada’s History of Performing Arts


Dr. Martha Cohen School is a new school located in Calgary in the community of New Brighton. The new building officially opened on March 13, 2017. This was a long awaited school for the families in the New Brighton and Copperfield areas of Calgary as they have been looking forward to a community based school for several years. We are a middle school with approximately 600 students in total.

Our students, teachers, and staff are very excited to work with Trickster Theatre in the 2017-18 school year to put on our show on Canada’s History of Performing Arts.

We greatly appreciate your help and look forward to sharing our finished work with you!

  • Full Project Summary

    Dr. Martha Cohen School’s residency will help students appreciate who the school was named after, Martha Cohen, as well as to celebrate Canada 150. By developing the students’ appreciation of Martha Cohen’s philanthropy and support of the performing arts in Canada, the students will develop a sense of pride for their school.

    Each class will create a piece for the final show that will focus on a different performing art, its history in Canada and how it has changed over the past 150 years. Within this context we will also look at how Canada’s diverse culture has influenced the performing arts in our country. We will be reaching out to some of our local performing arts organizations such as the Alberta Ballet, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Calgary Opera, and Alberta Theatre Projects to help us with our research and our understanding of the performing arts within our community.

  • Project Outcome

    This arts residency will provide the school with a unique opportunity for the students to begin creating a school identity. Being a new school in the Calgary Board of Education, we want to create a name for ourselves and demonstrate that our students are provided with an excellent education during their time in middle school. We are excited to learn all about the history of performing arts in Canada and to find out more about how Dr. Cohen has helped the arts through her work.


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  • What is Trickster Theatre

    Trickster Theatre hosts weeklong residencies in Alberta schools. We help create an original show with up to 500 actors - on any theme. We provide the lights, curtains, sounds, costumes, and more! 

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