The Southern Ontario Regional STAR Festival

The Theatre Arts Education Association and the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts present our inaugural festival on December 14th, 2023.

The Canadian STAR Festival (School Theatrical Arts Recognition) recognizes the highest level of achievement in school theatre performance, technical theatre, writing and filmmaking.

On December 14th, in partnership with Brock University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, the Southern Ontario chapter of TAEA will be hosting a theatre festival for youth from our community and beyond. Dubbed The STAR Festival, this is a theatre festival where middle-school and high-school students can showcase their talents and skills, give and receive feedback for growth, support each other, make new friends and pursue their passion.

The STAR Festival will provide students with performance opportunities, adjudicated by local experts, as well as unique theatre-related workshops. With only 20 Regional Festivals across Canada currently, the Niagara Region is helping to pioneer this wonderful opportunity.

Nous sommes ravies d’inviter les étudiants participants à présenter en français!

  • Acting (Monologue, Duet, Group Scene)
  • Musical Theatre – Performance
  • Musical Theatre – Dance
  • Costume Construction
  • Costume Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Makeup Design
  • Playwriting
  • Scenic Design
  • Short Film
  • Sound Design
  • Stage Management
  • Theatre Marketing

Participants may sign up for two workshops. We’ve put together a stellar list of workshop leaders:

  • Audition Tips and Tricks with Tracy Garratt
  • Tap for Beginners with Tiffani Beauparlant
  • Vocal WarmUps and Techniques with James Gizzie
  • Community Building with Amy Converset
  • Improv with Chris Baker

Adjudicators include: Tiffani Beauparlant, certified dance adjudicator, dance teacher with the DSBN and instructor at Rythum Plus Dance Company

Amy Converset, Arts Consultant with the DSBN, dance and drama teacher for over 20 years

Professors David Fancy, Michael Griffin, Glenys McQueen-Fuentes (retired), David Vivian and Danielle Wilson of the Department of Dramatic Arts, MIWSFPA

Senior Dramatic Arts students: Abby Malcolm and Hayley King and others!

Nos évaluateurs accueillent favorablement votre participation en français !

We will post the link here as soon as it is available.

Registration closes November 20, 2023.

Students pay $16 for non-inducted Thespians, $11 for inducted Thespians and $6 to come and watch. Your fee allows you to perform in three different categories.

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8 – 8:30 a.m. Students arrive; sponsors arrive and set up their booths.

8:30 – 9 a.m. Opening Ceremonies


9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Workshop Session #1


10:45 – 12 p.m.  Workshop Session #2

12 too 1 p.m. LUNCH

1 – 2:15 p.m. Performances Session #1


2:30 – 3:45 p.m. Performance Session #2


4 – 4:30 p.m. Awards and Closing Ceremonies 

Download a PDF version of the schedule here.

For workshop and performance details please see:

STAR Festival 2023 Workshops

STAR Festival 2023 Performances

For more information about the Marilyn I. Walker School Fine & Performing Arts, please visit our main page.