We offer new ways to inspire the creativity of your students
FOR COMMUNITY THEATRE PARTICIPANTS
We offer ways to contribute even more, with new skills and new ideas
FOR LIFELONG LEARNERS
We offer personal artistic growth and enjoyment
Off the Wall welcomes students from around the world to our courses. Hundreds of participants from Vancouver to New York and beyond hold Off the Wall certificates.
Some of our graduates have gone into university theatre design programs. Others have participated in co-op placements in theatre settings. Some have served apprenticeships at the Stratford Festival; still others have gone on to work backstage in both amateur and professional theatres in Canada and the United States.
Many have simply taken our courses and workshops for personal enjoyment.
Interested in becoming an Off the Wall student?
Consult these Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
General questions about our program?
Contact Susan Starkweather, Program Advisor
Why Off the Wall?
Staying In Stratford
Students From Outside Canada
Questions about registration and payment?
Contact Cheryl Strickland, Registrar
Why choose an Off the Wall course?
Off the Wall courses and workshops are a special experience for many reasons:
Our small student-to-teacher ratio and one-on-one mentoring
Intensive hands-on courses and workshops where you practice what you learn
The high calibre of our artist instructors, who are some of Canada’s most respected backstage theatre artists
The affordability of our courses and workshops
A learning experience tailored to your needs and background, including a full safety briefing to ensure you are comfortable using the tools and equipment
An environment where everyone is welcome and where collaboration is encouraged
A course schedule that fits your busy life; courses can be taken as a single week during the summer or over one or two weekends in the fall
Insight into how theatre really works
The opportunity to find your life calling, like many of our students who chose careers in theatre because of taking Off the Wall courses
Will I be in contact with theatre professionals during my time at Off the Wall?
Yes, you will be working one-on-one with our artist instructors, all of whom are working theatre professionals; many have decades of professional experience.
Will I be able to keep the items I work on during my course?
In some courses, students work on items that are part of a partnered community project, where the work will be retained by Off the Wall or its partners. In some courses, students work on their own personal projects and may choose to take them home. Course descriptions indicate when students can work on personal projects.
How do I register for a course?
Our online registration system is now open for Summer 2023 courses. To begin the registration process, click on the register button on the course page and fill in the student information form. You will need to indicate how you are paying course fees. Your choice is credit card or etransfer. In addition you can choose a $100 (non-refundable) deposit or full course fee. If you choose credit card (PayPal) you will receive an invoice through PayPal (note you do not need a PayPal account) to pay either a deposit or full course fee. Once some form of payment is received you will receive an email indicating that the registration process is complete. If you have chosen to pay a deposit you will receive an invoice for the rest of the course fee which is due 15 business days prior the course.
Why do I have to provide information on my skill level and background in the registration form?
Our small student-to-teacher ratio means that instruction is always geared to your needs. Having more information about you in advance helps the artist instructor prepare for the course.
How long does it take to know if my registration is accepted?
Once you complete the online registration form and make payment through PayPal, you will receive an email confirming your registration.
What happens if the course I want to take is full?
When a course is full, you have the option of putting your name on a wait list. From time to time, students are unable to attend the course and we will contact you if a spot becomes available. We will also ensure that you are among the first to receive our upcoming course announcements. If you are interested in being added to a waitlist for a course with closed registration, please contact our registrar, Cheryl Strickland, at email@example.com.
I can't pay the full course fee right now. Can I still register?
Yes, for many of our courses and workshops, you can pay either a non-refundable deposit or the full course fee to confirm your registration. If you pay a deposit, the balance of the course fee must be paid 15 days prior to the start of the course in order to keep your place.
Please note that there is no option to pay a deposit for some of our lower-priced courses and workshops. This reduces our costs and helps us keep the fee as low as possible.
I'm trying to register using my smartphone but it isn't working. Please reach out to our registrar, Cheryl Strickland, at firstname.lastname@example.org, for assistance.
Can Off the Wall offer academic credits?
Students at the University of Windsor may receive transfer credits for taking Off the Wall courses. Please contact your Dramatic or Visual Arts administrators. Off the Wall is open to working with other post-secondary institutions to make academic credits available to their students.
If you would like to know more about transfer credits with the School of Dramatic Arts at the University of Windsor, please contact our program advisor, Susan Starkweather, at email@example.com.
What are the prerequisites or admission requirements?
For most courses you must be 16 years of age or older. However for the following courses registrants must be a minimum of 14 years of age to attend: Prop Making, Mask Making, Scenic Painting for Theatre, Makeup Intensive and Setting the Scene.
For advanced courses, experience in the area is required. This is clearly stated in the course title and description. Other than that, there are no additional prerequisites or requirements. Everyone is welcome!
I’m a beginner. Can I still take your courses?
Yes, our small student-to-teacher ratio means our courses are always adapted to your needs, regardless of abilities or experience. A few of our courses are designed for advanced students and in these cases some experience is required. This is clearly stated in the course title and description.
Do I need special equipment or clothing?
For some courses, there are requirements for specific clothing and footwear for safety reasons. This is detailed in the email you will receive about the course. In general, you should wear casual, comfortable clothing, appropriate for the season. You should also be aware that you may get paint, glue and other materials on your clothing during the courses, which all involve hands-on work.
How do I pay?
We use e-transfers or PayPal to collect registration fees. E-transfers may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. If using PayPal, you have the option of using a PayPal account or or using a credit card without setting up a PayPal account. PayPal gives you these options.
I paid a deposit for the course. When is the rest of the fee due and how do I pay it?
The balance of the course fee must be paid 15 business days prior to the start of the course in order to keep your place. A few days after you register and pay the deposit, our registrar sends you a PayPal invoice which provides the link to pay the remainder of the fee. If you did not receive that email or have misplaced it, please contact email@example.com and ask that it be resent.
I can't pay the full course fee right now. Can I still register?
Yes, for many of our courses and workshops, you can pay either a non-refundable deposit or the full-course fee to confirm your registration. If you pay a deposit, the balance of the course fee must be paid 15 days prior to the start of the course in order to keep your place. Please note that full registration payment is required for some of our lower-priced weekend workshops. This reduces our costs and helps us keep the fee as low as possible.
Why is my deposit not refundable?
Off the Wall orders materials and supplies required for our courses in advance, often many weeks in advance depending on where they originate. Your deposit covers the costs we incur for materials as well as transaction fees to register. If you cancel a registration before the 15 business day deadline, we will keep your deposit on account to use for future courses.
Why is there no option to pay a deposit for the weekend workshop I want to take?
To reduce administrative costs, we do not offer a deposit option for our lower-priced weekend workshops. This helps us keep the fee as low as possible.
I won’t be able to attend the course I registered for. What should I do?
Please contact our registrar, Cheryl Strickland, immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to cancel your registration.
I have to cancel my registration. Is my deposit refundable?
No, deposits are not refundable. However, you can choose to apply your deposit to future courses until December 31 of the next year. Please contact our registrar, Cheryl Strickland, immediately at email@example.com.
I have to cancel my registration. Is the course fee refundable?
For courses that offer the option of making a deposit, the deposit portion of the course fee is non-refundable. Your confirmation email indicates the amount of the deposit. The remainder of the course fee is refundable if cancellation occurs 15 days before the course begins. After that, you can choose to apply your course fee (including the deposit portion) to future courses until December 31 of the next year. Please contact our registrar, Cheryl Strickland, immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For some of our lower-priced courses and workshops, which do not offer the option of making a deposit, the fee is not refundable. However, you can choose to apply the fee to future courses until December 31 of the next year. Please contact our registrar, Cheryl Strickland, immediately at email@example.com.
What happens if Off the Wall cancels a course?
In the unlikely event that Off the Wall must cancel a course, students have the option of receiving a full refund or of having the funds applied to future courses until December 31 of the next year.
Staying In Stratford
I am from out of town. Where can I stay?
Stratford offers many accommodation options including hotels and B&Bs . Here are some websites that can help.
Also, our program advisor, Susan Starkweather can help students find accommodation. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What other things can I do while I am in Stratford?
Stratford is alive with culture and character and offers a multitude of activities. Check out Visit Stratford for more information.
Students From Outside Canada
I’m coming from outside Canada. Can I register for your courses?
Yes, Off the Wall welcomes students from all over the world. Be sure to check any special visa or entry requirements that may affect your ability to enter Canada. Go to Visit Canada for more information.
I’m coming from outside Canada. Are my fees different?
No, fees are the same for all students regardless of where they come from.
Please note that all Off the Wall fees are quoted in Canadian dollars. Be sure to check current exchange rates. For students coming from the United States, exchange rates are beneficial and mean that the amount you pay in US dollars is less than the fees as quoted in Canadian dollars.