Electric Innovations Youth Theatre Program


Thank you to all who applied for this year’s Electric Innovations Youth Theatre Program. We can’t wait for the program to begin!

Program Overview

Electric Innovations is a 12-week theatre program for folks between the ages of 14–18. This unique opportunity was created by Suitcase in Point in partnership with the National Theatre School of Canada in order to recognize the powerful, thoughtful, and undefined magic that exists in young people in and around the Niagara region.

This amazing program provides young people with the opportunity to work and collaborate with some of the best theatre makers, artists, and professionals from across Turtle Island, and offers a chance for young people to work together to devise a brand new piece of theatre to be shared at Suitcase in Point’s annual In the Soil Arts Festival.

This is a challenging and fun experience that is transferable to real world skills, and an opportunity for YOU to learn things about yourself, your artistic practice and the art you want to put out in the community.

Why is this theatre program SO FIRE!?

• It demystifies what it means to choose a career in the arts;
• It provides you with a real life, hands-on theatre devising process led by professional theatre artists from across Turtle Island;
• It provides you with the tools and opportunity to collaborate on the creation of an original performance that they themselves steward;
• Who YOU are – YOUR interests, curiosities and impulses are at the forefront of the process and the final creation that YOU will share at Suitcase in Point’s annual In the Soil Arts Festival.

Additional Info

• Transportation assistance can be made available by request.
• Light snacks and refreshments will be provided at every Saturday session.
• Participants must be available to share what they devise at a public performance during in the Soil Arts Festival. This performance will happen at the fully equipped theatre in the Marylin I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.
• All participants will be invited to close the program with a fun Arts Day on June 11, 2023. This day will consist of seeing arts performances, checking out cultural spaces in downtown St. Catharines and sharing in a celebratory meal.
If you have any questions about the application or program, please contact our Artist Mentorship Program Coordinator at dienye@suitcaseinpoint.com.
Thank you to our program partners: National Theatre School of Canada, The Department of Dramatic Arts in the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts at Brock University.

Meet the 2023 Electric Innovations Lead and Guest Artist Mentors

Cole Lewis

Lead Artist Mentor

Michelle Mohammed

Risk Taking & Play

Yolanda Bonnell

Self & Original Creation

Marcel Stewart

Theatre Ecology & Structure

James McCoy

Innovation & Design

Meet the 2023 Electric Innovators

Thank you to our partners and funders!

2023 Deets


Every Saturday
March 18
June 3
10 AM
2 PM
The program will conclude with a public performance at In the Soil Arts festival on June 10 and an end-of-program celebration on June 11, 2023.


In the state-of-the-art studio spaces of the Department of Dramatic Arts in the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts at Brock University in downtown St. Catharines.



Applicants must be between the ages of 14-18 and live in or near the Niagara Region. We believe theatre is more interesting when it is created by a group of exciting, provocative, curious, folks that come from different walks and will aim to reflect this in our selection process. Priority will be given to BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ applicants. A maximum of 8 people will be selected to participate. (For info on our Lead and Guest Artist Mentors – see below!)


The application process is fun and easy! You will be asked to answer a few short questions and asked to submit a short video clip, telling us about yourself.

PLEASE NOTE: You must have a Google account (gmail email address) to submit your application through our online form. If you do not have a Google account, please email dienye@suitcaseinpoint.com for an alternative submission process. We are happy to accommodate an alternative method to apply.


There is a program fee of $250 / participant. Selected participants will be notified and offered a spot in the program. Once confirmed, you will be invoiced.

PLEASE NOTE: We do not want the cost to be a barrier for any interested participant and so 100% bursaries can be made available. If you would like to apply and request to waive the fee, please email dienye@suitcaseinpoint.com and arrangements will be made.

Past Electric Innovations Programs

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