At Trinity Theatre, we believe in the effectiveness of theatre outside theatre. Through our innovative and interactive programs and services for schools and communities, we use the fundamental practices of theatre to empower youth and to build community.
Our social development programs give schools the tools they need to develop safer, more productive learning environments and empower youth to take on leadership roles in the social/emotional development of their peer groups. Participants are also encouraged to relate this development to academic achievement and skill building.
Trinity Theatre is a registered charitable organization founded in 1982. Since that time, our mission is to provide integrated and experiential learning, using the arts and intergenerational interactions to facilitate the development of communities across Canada. Our mandate is to help individuals develop the resilience to overcome challenges and make successful transitions throughout their lives, ensure purposeful engagement opportunities are made available to all, and that all voices heard.
Trinity has over 35 years experience creating youth-led peer leadership programs in schools across Canada and the United States – serving youth in both urban and rural settings of Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Halifax, Montreal, Windsor, Detroit, Traverse City, Duluth MI, Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma Region, Thunder Bay, Grey-Bruce County, to name only a few. With funding support from the National Crime Prevention Strategy, Justice Canada Youth Justice Fund, Health Canada Drug Strategy Community Initiatives Fund, Canadian Heritage and the Toronto District School Board, and other school boards, Trinity has been able to train youth Peer Leaders to support literally thousands of students in transition and at-risk, giving youth the ability to balance their social, emotional, and ethical development with their need for academic achievement. Trinity has received awards for “outstanding participation as a partner of Toronto District School Board, contributing to the success and well-being of TDSB students through supportive, encouraging and inclusive educational experiences.”
Trinity’s Co-Directors Alan Richardson and Sandra Crockard have over 30 years of knowledge and experience creating theatre- and art-based programs, tools and resources. They draw from a variety of mentoring and mediation practices to provide tools for change to schools and communities and to help students build empathy and compassion.
Sandra and Alan take the lead in the delivery of all projects and share in the research and development, writing, program design, facilitation, coaching and training. Their work is supported by several staff members who assist with administrative tasks, training and the upkeep of social media and the website.
Trinity is an incorporated, registered non-profit charitable organization.
Trinity has a board of directors and an advisory group. The advisory group consists of a diverse group of students; teachers; principals and vice principals; child and youth workers and social workers. It also includes administrators from TDSB Caring and Safe Schools, Long Term Support and Special Education; as well as representatives from universities, non-profit organizations and other stakeholders interested in the social/emotional development of youth.
Since 2004, Trinity has collaborated with over 40 elementary and high schools in the development of our Creating Communities We Want programs. The TDSB Caring and Safe Schools and Guidance and Student Success offices (in particular) have been important collaborators in the development of our social/emotional programs.
Other organizations include:
- Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Conrad Grebel Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies
Health Canada Drug Strategy Community Initiatives
Justice Canada, Youth Justice Fund
LaMarsh Centre for Research on Violence and Conflict Resolution
Parent Action on Drugs (PAD)
Toronto Police Services
University of Toronto, OISE
York University, Faculty of Education
- Toronto District School Board, TDSB
- Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, CAMH
- Health and Justice Canada (Government of Canada)
- Toronto Police Services
- OISE, University of Toronto
- ACE (Association of Career Educators)
- The Quetico Foundation
- Ontario Historical Society (OHS)
- Algoma District School Board
- Canada 150
- Centre for Social innovation
- Canada Summer Jobs
- Ministry for Senior Affairs
- The Psychology Foundation
Over the years, we’ve used our innovative theatre practices to address workplace issues in organizations ranging from the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), CIBC Wood Gundy, Ciba Geigy, Imperial Oil, Ontario Hydro and the University of Windsor—to name just a few.
We’ve also presented before international audiences at conferences hosted by Justice Canada, National Crime Prevention Centre, Family Services Canada, the International Joint Commission, UNESCO (in Paris, France) and Health Canada, as well as at the International AIDS Conference.