TES Theatre is a community-based musical theatre company connected to the non-profit group, Transforming Education Society, which was founded to support democratic, personalized and self-determined learning environments.
At TES Theatre, we believe in facilitating students’ love of musical theatre through:
- Profound respect for youth and their ability to lead
- Supporting true collaboration and experiential learning across multiple ages
- Ensuring a safe and supportive community space
What makes us special:
- Affordability: We prioritize youth access to the arts
- Immersive: Up to two full week days of theatre training per week
- Flexibility: Choose between in-person or online programming
- Inclusivity & Diversity: a safe space for youth, including members of the LGBTQ communities
You can view our Code of Conduct form HERE.
Our Instructors and Mentors
Isabella Halladay, Theatre Teacher
Isabella Halladay is a Vancouver based performer, working and playing on the the traditional and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh first nations. She studied opera performance and received a Bachelor of Music from the University of British Columbia, while training in theatre in dance. She has performed in musicals, opera, and theatre in BC, New York, and Europe, as well as working as a choreographer and vocal coach. An interdisciplinary artist, Isabella is always thrilled to connect the worlds of opera, theatre, music, dance and physical storytelling. Isabella also teaches with Bard on the Beach, Vancouver Opera, Choral Stage, and throughout the community. She is thrilled to be supporting youth who are passionate about musical theatre through the TES Theatre program.
Harriet Dykstra, Assistant Theatre Support
Harriet Dykstra is a young performer, living, working, and playing on the traditional and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh first nations. She is a performer new to the professional world but very excited to be working with youth through TES theatre. She has nine years of onstage and behind the scenes experience in the community with Windsor House Theatre and Sheep and Goats Productions. Harriet has worked in an education based retail environment and hopes to bring her experience from that to TES. Harriet believes strongly in being excited about everything she does and is looking forward to creating a safe and inclusive space for young performers from any background.
Meghan Carrico, Founder and Consultant
Meghan Carrico, founder of the TES Theatre, has over 30 years of experience in student-centred education, specializing in educational choices that emphasize family, connection and empowerment of children and young people. Previously the principal of Windsor House, a publicly funded democratic school, and now working as an educational consultant, she brings a unique insight into a diverse array of learning styles and educational partnerships. She believes students learn best when they are engaged via personal interests and passions, and is dedicated to connecting children and youth with the educational opportunities that enable them to thrive.
Stephanie Ondrack, Administrator
Stephanie Ondrack is delighted to support the TES Theatre Company in an administrative capacity. Former Box Office Manager for the Arts Club (and Stanley) Theatre Company, and ongoing Executive Director of the Childbearing Society, Stephanie brings experience with non-profit organizations, theatre administration, and educational programming. Parent to four alternatively educated children, including one graduate, one current participant, and one probable future student in the TES Theatre Company, Stephanie is glad to be part of such a dynamic and innovative program for youth.
TES (Transforming Education Society)
The Transforming Education Society (TES) was originally formed by parents as a support organization for Windsor House Democratic School. TES has since evolved into an umbrella group that both sponsors and partners with self-directed, personalized learning initiatives, in which learners collaborate with mentors, teachers, parents, and peers to determine the curriculum. TES believes the collaborative skills learned in these educational environments will make the learner more able to consider alternative points of views, more likely to generate as well as appreciate innovative ideas, better equipped to contribute to inclusive discourse and practice, and a more engaged and able member of society. TES is committed to supporting projects that offer opportunities for collaborative, self-determined, and personalized learning. TES is very proud to support the TES Theatre Program.