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For payment plan options, please contact: jpepin@grindstonetheatre.ca

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

KIDS AND TEENS

Do I drop my child off, or do I stay for the class?

This is a drop off class, please bring your child into the classroom and once settled, you may leave them with the instructor. On the first day of classes, you will be asked to fill out a photo release form, liability form, and child drop off authorization form. We also have a sign in/sign out sheet that you can fill out every time you drop off and pick up your child. If your child is old enough, they are allowed to sign themselves in/out; however, a parent or guardian must be present on the first day to fill out all the necessary forms. 

What is Drama Discovery?

Drama Discovery is a play-based introduction to theatre that focuses on collective creation, the fundamentals of storytelling, and key developmental landmarks for the corresponding age groups. Each class is as unique as the students, and provides children with an exploration of story, voice, movement, props, and all the elements that create the magic of theatre! These classes are the perfect place for students to build confidence, make new friends, and take the first step in their creative journey.

 

Where is the Grindstone Studio located?

The Studio is located at 9562 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6C 1B9 underneath the Mill Creek Cafe. Note that some classes happen at the theatre (10019 81 ave) and some at the Grindstone Studio. Please double check your class schedule provided to ensure you are going to the right location for your class. 

 

Where is the Sewing Machine Factory located?

The Sewing Machine Factory is also used for some of our classes. This space is located at 9562 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6C 1B9 underneath Mill Creek Cafe. Just past the Grindstone Studio and down the hall. 

 

Where is the entrance to the Grindstone Studio and Sewing Machine Factory?

The door to the building is directly behind the bus stop on 82nd ave. Proceed downstairs and the studio is the green doors to your left. The Sewing Machine Factory is downstairs straight down the hallway. There will be signs to help guide you.

 

What is The Grindstone Theatre?

The Grindstone Theatre is a non-profit society founded in 2011 aimed to create professional opportunities for emerging artists. Grindstone is an improv based theatre company that creates new works and produces scripted plays, musicals, sketch comedy and improv. Grindstone operates the Grindstone Comedy Theatre which is also home to a variety of independently produced shows which include improv, stand-up and sketch comedy along with a variety of community events. The Grindstone Bistro, located in the lobby of the theatre offers a selection of local beers, wine, cocktails and a comfort food menu to perfectly complement your night out.  Our Theatre School offers a variety of programs for all ages, from camps and classes to workshops and conservatories. Our venues are also available for rentals and our performances and workshops are available for corporate bookings. Grindstone also produces a series of festivals which include The Grindstone Comedy Festival, Disco In The Park, Edmonton Fringe Venues and Mural Massive. 

 

What do I need for class?

We recommend wearing comfortable clothing you can move around in, a water bottle, snack (please keep in mind potential allergies), pen and notebook. Snack breaks may not be part of the class and are at the instructor's discretion. 

There may be materials outside of this list required. If that is the case, those materials will be communicated to you via our class welcome email sent out a week before the class begins. 

 

How does the Showcase work?

The classes typically run for 8 weeks, with a final showcase 7-14 days after the  final class. The showcase date, time and location will be communicated to you in your class welcome package and will be finalized 4 weeks into the semester. Showcase dates are tentative until confirmed by the Education Manager. The kids/teens showcases are free; however donations are encouraged via our Grindstone Theatre School donation jar. The income made from the showcase goes into developing scholarships for students.

What is your refund policy?

Cancellations made up to 7 days prior to the start of your class will receive a refund of tuition minus a $25 processing fee. There are no refunds after that time. Please attend all of the classes. There is no discount for students who are not able to attend part of the session. 

Grindstone Theatre reserves the right to cancel any class with insufficient enrollment. In that event, students will be notified and a full refund will be offered. Alternatively a student may choose to be placed in a different Grindstone Theatre class or have the payment held to register for the following term.

 

Can my teen volunteer?

Teens that are 16+ are welcome to volunteer! Those who are under 18 cannot volunteer at liquor tents or bingos. 

The Grindstone Theatre is invested in giving back to our volunteers. For every shift (up to 5 shifts), volunteers will receive a discount of $10/shift on ANY class of their choice for the upcoming semester!

  • If you would like to volunteer for The Grindstone Theatre or learn more about volunteer opportunities please email Samantha at sketsa@grindstonetheatre.ca.

  • Upcoming Volunteer opportunities:​

    • Festivals

    • Mainstage shows

    • Large Events hosted by Grindstone Theatre

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

ADULTS

Where is the Studio located?

The Studio is located at 9562 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6C 1B9 underneath the Mill Creek Cafe. Note that some classes happen at the theatre (10019 81 ave) and some at the education Studio. Please double-check your class schedule provided to ensure you are going to the right location for your class.

 

Where is the entrance to the Studio?

The door to the building is directly behind the bus stop on 82nd ave. Proceed downstairs and the studio is through the green doors to your left.

 

Where is the Sewing Machine Factory located?

The Sewing Machine Factory is also used for some of our classes. This space is located at 9562 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6C 1B9 underneath Mill Creek Cafe. Just past the Grindstone Studio and down the hall. 

 

Where is the entrance to the Grindstone Studio and Sewing Machine Factory?

The door to the building is directly behind the bus stop on 82nd ave. Proceed downstairs and the studio is the green doors to your left. The Sewing Machine Factory is downstairs straight down the hallway. There will be signs to help guide you.

 

Where is the Grindstone Theatre located?

The Grindstone Theatre is located at 10019 81 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 1W7.

 

What is The Grindstone Theatre?

The Grindstone Theatre is a non-profit society founded in 2011 aimed to create professional opportunities for emerging artists. Grindstone is an improv-based theatre company that creates new works and produces scripted plays, musicals, sketch comedy, and improv. Grindstone operates the Grindstone Comedy Theatre which is also home to a variety of independently produced shows which include improv, stand-up, and sketch comedy along with a variety of community events. The Grindstone Bistro, located in the lobby of the theatre offers a selection of local beers, wine, cocktails, and a comfort food menu to perfectly complement your night out.  Our Theatre School offers a variety of programs for all ages, from camps and classes to workshops and conservatories. Our venues are also available for rentals and our performances and workshops are available for corporate bookings. Grindstone also produces a series of festivals which include The Grindstone Comedy Festival, Disco In The Park, Edmonton Fringe Venues, and Mural Massive. 
 

What do I need for class?

We recommend wearing comfortable clothing you can move around in, a water bottle, snack (please keep in mind potential allergies), pen and notebook. Snack breaks may not be part of the class and are at the instructor's discretion. 

There may be materials outside of this list required. If that is the case, those materials will be communicated to you via our class welcome email sent out a week before the class begins. 

 

How does the Showcase work?

The classes typically run for 8 weeks, with a final showcase 7-14 days after the  final class. The showcase date, time and location will be communicated to you in your class welcome package and will be finalized 4 weeks into the semester and a ticket link will be provided. Showcase dates are tentative until confirmed by the Education Manager. The showcases are usually at The Grindstone Theatre (10019 81 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 1W7) and are treated as a full production. The showcases are Pay What You Can, so it is the ticket buyers who decide how much to pay for a ticket. The income made from the showcase goes back into our Education Department.

 

What is your refund policy?

Cancellations made up to 7 days prior to the start of your class will receive a refund of tuition minus a $25 processing fee. There are no refunds after that time. Please attend all of the classes. There is no discount for students who are not able to attend part of the session. 

Grindstone Theatre reserves the right to cancel any class with insufficient enrollment. In that event, students will be notified and a full refund will be offered. Alternatively a student may choose to be placed in a different Grindstone Theatre class or have the payment held to register for the following term.

PROGRAM
FORMAT

WE
PROVIDE

At Grindstone, we offer year-round programs on a term basis. We have 4 terms per year that follow the seasons.

 

Our programs include 8 weekly classes and a showcase after the final class for the public. Scroll down to view and register for our upcoming adult and kids programs.

Experience: Instruction from theatre professionals with a ton of experience. 


A Safe Space: An inclusive environment to try a new skill, while being supported and challenged.


Curated Curriculum: A well-curated curriculum which advances with each level.

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