Student outreach

Actively engaging with high school, college and university students over the past three decades, the FTA has made a commitment to introduce young people to the arts by providing access and outreach activities to Quebec youth. Up to 15% of tickets to all shows – even the most popular! – are set aside and offered at discount prices to students.

“I never thought a play or a dancer could change me so much and change the rest of my life. I’ve learned to push myself, to get out of my comfort zone. It’s liberating, it’s magnificent!” – Laeticia, age 15

With its Dance and Theatre Excursions for Students, the Festival has helped hundreds of adolescents from all over Quebec to develop their critical thinking, aesthetic appreciation and creativity through exposure to outstanding performances and workshops led by guest artists.

Partner of Student outreach


FTA excursion

Grades 10 and 11
This unique educational project consists of a four days long cultural immersion for Grade 10 and 11 high school students across Quebec. From Thursday to Sunday, the excursion combines  enjoyment of performing arts with spectator education. Students attend five performances, as well as a documentary feature on the creative process, visit other Montreal cultural institutions, meet exceptional artists and participate to our theatre and dance workshops directed by two professional art mediators.

This cultural outing is supervised by two specialized mediators,Georges-Nicolas Tremblay (dance) and Anne Nadeau (theater). They work at demystifying contemporary theatre and dance and introducing teenagers to the creative process, allowing them to better appreciate and discuss works of art.

Through a variety of pedagogical approaches, the FTA excursion gives teenagers and their teachers the necessary tools to analyze a performance and refine their opinions. Well-prepared students do not feel out of their depth when attending performances. On the contrary, they are able to discuss them at length. The many activities will awaken their sensitivity and receptiveness, help develop their critical and aesthetic judgment, and  heighten their openness to the diversity of performing arts.

Participant’s Guide – 2019 FTA ExcursioN (for reference purposes)

May 21 to 24 and May 28 to 31, 2020 – Book now!
$268.50 per student, including three nights’ lodging (shared rooms)
Approximately $380 per accompanying adult, including three nights’ lodging (single room)

CUSTOMIZED FTA EXCURSION / create your own excursion of at least 3 shows!

Grade 10 and 11, college & university

When attending to three shows or more, a student group has the opportunity to intensely experience one of the major performing arts festivals in North America. Participants are introduced to a wide variety of artistic processes, which encourages a better understanding of the infinite challenges and possibilities of contemporary creation.

This project gives teachers the possibility; to attend FTA shows with their students on their own terms, attend customized workshops given by artist or free complementary activities, have access to supporting material, and to have the opportunity to meet with  FTA artists and artisans.

Depending on the schedule, activities of this project can take place on several day, including during the weekend.

$27/ticket, minimum of three shows required. Price for activities depends on their form and content.


High school, college & university   

Enjoy exciting new works of theatre and dance at an affordable rate with our discount for groups of 15 students or more. We can also provide all the information you need to make sure to choose this year’s unmissable shows and guide you through our program. First come, first served…book quickly! You can also reserve your tickets now and choose the show at a later date.

$22 per ticket
Supporting material about the piece is provided to the teachers.

*These rates are available in a limited number of places and are offered for groups larger than 15 students. Once this quantity gets exhausted, a 25 % reduction is offered to the student groups.

FTA AT SCHOOL / Preparatory workshop in class + show

Grade 10 and 11 & college students in Greater Montreal

For a richer, more dynamic festival experience, invite an artist or a cultural mediator to visit your class before the show so that your students are well prepared for what they are going to see. You can also invite a member of the festival team to talk about the FTA’s history and mission.

Supporting material about the piece is provided to the teachers.

The fare depends on the choice of activities

Reservations now available!


Testimonials from teachers

“When students jump in an artistic universe  like the FTA’s for four days and attend high quality productions, they open themselves to new artistic forms which enrich the content of the school program. The diversity of artistic genres and topics was the major asset. Nonetheless, the bold nature of the mises-en –scène have strongly impressed the students, which had almost never happened to them before.”
Paméla Vallée / École secondaire Cité-des-Jeunes, Vaudreuil-Dorion, FTA 2009-2019

“Travelling, meeting others, discovering other approaches and other visions, coming to grips with the captivating discomfort of artistic audacity, appreciating the blending of disciplines, and then returning home and noticing that the students have actually travelled way further than the distance to Montreal on a path constructed with open-mindedness and extensive questioning and then finally a great desire to get back on the road.”
Caroline Paré / Collège de Champigny, Sainte-Foy, FTA 2011-2019

Pedagogical ressources


Would you like to discuss with your students the artistic approach of certain artists presenting their work at Festival TransAmériques? The FTA can provide extensive documentation for most of the shows and artists.


Satellite Activities
From get-togethers with artists and discussions at the FTA Quartier général to exhibits in galleries and outdoor shows, the FTA presents many cultural activities free of charge, enhancing your teaching and stimulating the minds and creativity of your students.

Tour of dance and theatre schools

Colleges, universities and drama & dance schools

In March and April the Festival TransAmériques team will be visiting a number of dance and theatre schools in Greater Montreal, leading information sessions on the works presented this year at the FTA. Plays and dance pieces as well as current trends and issues will be discussed, accompanied by video excerpts.

It is also an opportunity for students to purchase tickets at a discount rate. This service is offered exclusively to theatre and dance students!

Would you like to have the FTA come visit your school? Let us know!

Montreal Universities summer seminars

Graduate & undergraduate university students / UQAM, Concordia and UdeM 

Three different Montreal universities offer summer courses that study the major trends of the contemporary scene through the Festival TransAmériques’ program : a summer seminary at UQAM is dedicated to undergraduate and graduate students; Recherches en dramaturgies is offered in the French undergraduate literature program at UdeM and recently, two courses have been created for young undergraduate artists in the Department of Theater and Contemporary Dance at Concordia University.

For more information, visit the websites of universities.


Jeanne-Renée D. Lorrain
Audience Development Coordinator
jeanne-renee @

514-842-0704 ext. 26