School Bookings

Take your students out to the theatre

Photo of Shakeil Rollock (left) and Angela Sun (right) sitting on a stage covered in sheets of paper. Angela is conducting a Q&A session with Shakeil after the student matinee performance of Okay You Can Stop Now.

Founded by Jim Garrard in 1968, Theatre Passe Muraille (meaning “theatre beyond walls”) is one of the oldest alternative theatre companies in Canada. We present joyful, subversive works by marginalized artists that reflects the complexity of our intercultural society.

As a theatre company that often create and support innovative, new works by independent artists and companies, it is important to us that our work is seen by the next generation of artists, thinkers, movers, and shakers.

We are excited to offer special ticket rates and matinee shows for student groups, as well as supplementary activities like artist Q&As and building tours of our Ontario Heritage designated venue. Please check out our FAQ section below to see what we offer.

If you would like to book with us, please contact our Community Engagement Coordinator Angela at outreach@passemuraille.on.ca or leave a message at 416-504-8988 ext. 2140

We are excited to welcome your students to the theatre!

Upcoming School Matinees

Thank you for attending our 23/24 productions!

Our student matinees for the 24/25 season will be announced shortly.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are excited to offer a special student ticket price of $20 per participant. This is almost a 50% discount off our regular PWYCA medium pricing level! We are also happy to offer one complimentary staff/ educator ticket per 20-person class.

Creating a show takes a lot of resources and we believe in charging a fair price for the work of our artists, but we also want everyone to be able to attend our shows. If this rate is not affordable for you or your students, please contact our Community Engagement Coordinator to discuss what is possible.

It really depends on the design of the show. However our regular capacity is usually 160.

The dates and times of our school matinees for the 24/25 season will be announced soon!

Our weekday matinees are usually on Wednesdays at 12:30 PM. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before the start of the show to get settled in.

By Car:

We are located at 16 Ryerson Avenue, a block northeast of Bathurst and Queen Street West, at the corner of Ryerson Avenue and Wolseley Street. 

Please note that our theatre does not have a parking lot and there is limited street parking available around the theatre. Paid parking lots are located on Richmond Street, just West of Portland (underground – below Loblaws) and at the corner of Wolseley Street and Augusta Ave.

By Transit:

From Osgoode Station, take the Queen Streetcar west to Bathurst Street. Walk back one block East on Queen to Ryerson Avenue. Then walk North on Ryerson one block.

From Bathurst Station, Take the Bathurst Street car south to Queen Street. Walk east on Queen one block to Ryerson Avenue. Then walk north on Ryerson one block.

Access, community, and equity are some of our core values here at TPM.

In our regular season we often offer a number of Deaf-interpreted, Audio Described, and/ or Relaxed performances. These may be available upon request for student matinees. 

Both of our stages, as well as our washrooms, are accessible from ground level. However, our second floor balcony seating area can only be accessed via two flights of stairs.

We also have a selection of fidget toys, noise-reducing headphones, and light-blocking glasses available at our Box Office.

If you have any questions regarding access or suggestions on how we can make the space more welcoming for you, please reach out! 

We are able to offer a show Access Guide, a list of student discussion questions, and links to additional resources about the artists.

Every school matinee will include a Q&A with the artists facilitated by our Community Engagement Coordinator. We can also offer free tours of our theatre upon request. Depending on the show, we sometimes also offer in-class artist visits and workshops at an additional rate.

As always, the earlier the better! We recommend reaching out to us at least 3 weeks in advance.

We require final numbers to be submitted at least a week in advance of the show date. The school will be responsible for paying the full amount of their invoice after this deadline.

We are happy to offer additional school matinees upon request, pending artist availability, with a booking of at least 50 participants. We can also apply the student group discount towards any of our evening performances with enough notice.

Based on feedback from educators, we often find that the ratings of our shows vary from show to show and from class to class. We are happy to provide fulsome content and environment warnings so you can decide if the show is appropriate for your students. The classes that typically attend our shows are usually from middle schools (older grades), high schools, and universities.

What Our Educators Are Saying...

“We LOVED the show [Woking Phoenix]!! The students were really taken with the staging and the story. They were particularly impressed with the use of sound design, representing the dialogue of characters off stage.”

~Lesley Keane | Secondary Teacher, English and Drama Department, Martingrove C.I.

“That play [Our Place] was INCREDIBLE. What an amazing story, beautifully acted and directed. I was absolutely riveted. What a marathon for those actors!! They were spectacular. The students’ “reviews” so far are overwhelmingly positive… I am SO glad we went!!!”

~Allyson Bradley | Dramatic Arts Teacher, Arts & Languages Department Head, Chinguacousy Secondary School