About Us

About Us

Now celebrating our 19th season, The Travelling Stage offers students an opportunity to participate in dance, drama and music workshops alongside established performing artists. This past year alone, we worked with over 1 million students.

Our teachers are some of Canada’s top performing artists and have worked on stages across North America and Europe. Our programs were created to enrich school curriculum, to inspire students to strive for excellence, to increase self-esteem and to cultivate an appreciation for the performing arts.

We offer programs in person, via live synchronous online learning and through asynchronous learning.

The Travelling Stage is well established in over 5000 schools and childcare centres across North America and works with families worldwide. In addition to school boards, we work in partnership with the MINI POP KIDS, the YMCA, the Girl Guides of Canada, the Boys and Girls Club, Mirvish Productions, Daytrippers Children’s Charity and the Digital Human Library.

We believe that everyone has innate creativity and whether working with a young child or someone looking to enter the field professionally, we approach all of our classes with energy, enthusiasm and fun!

Toni Grates

Director and Founder

Toni Grates is the Founding Director of The Travelling Stage. She spends much of her time creating and advocating for arts opportunities for young people. She’s worked as an actor and a writer for YTV and CityTV and has performed on, directed and written for stages across North America. Her first novel, STRETCH, is now available in paperback at Chapters/Indigo. In addition to her work with The Travelling Stage, she teaches Drama Education at Brock University. Most recently, she received the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Durham Catholic District School Board. Toni is the proud mom of Isaac and Jude.

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