“Whatever the problem,
community is the answer”
– Margaret Wheatley




Students explore and express their identity and sense of belonging to their local communities by storytelling with puppets and everyday objects. The students’ creative process is guided by professional puppeteers.


This project must be completed by April 1st, 2023. It is estimated to take 8-12 weeks to run. Registration deadline: October 7th

Project Requirements

  1. Teachers participate in a 1hr orientation session
  2. Students are given an opportunity to reflect and discuss their identity and sense of belonging.

*LEARN is developing a catalogue of project examples. We will reach out to select teachers (or Community Development Agents) to document their project.

Teachers will be provided with:

  • Question prompts for students (DOWNLOAD PDF)
  • A one-pager outlining the steps of the project and curricular connections (DOWNLOAD PDF)
  • A description of all artist-led sessions (upon registration confirmation)
  • Grading rubric or checklist (use is optional)


  • Coordinate sessions with collaborating artists
  • Coordinate registration and payment processes with LEARN and/or ELAN
  • Identify or develop opportunities for students to perform within the school or wider community

Collaborating artists

Maggie Winston is a puppeteer, clown, educator and community engaged artist who recently received UQAM’s Diplôme en théâtre de marionnettes contemporain.

Through the medium of puppetry arts, that includes all the art forms: theatre, performance, writing/storytelling, visual arts, music, and movement, she facilitates transformative creative processes with an emphasis on inclusion and imagination.

Maggie works with students with various interests/abilities to connect with the medium in many ways. She brings to life the ideas of the students as an equal artistic collaborator. She teaches ‘Picture based storytelling’ which includes Toy Theatre (2-dimensional paper theatre in a miniature box), Cantastoria (large scale picture storytelling with music and song in a street performance setting),and Crankies (images that scroll on a long piece of paper with the use of a crank mechanism).

With Lost & Found Puppet Co., she creates performances about nature, family, cultural history, and imagined worlds to provide communities with nuanced ways of exploring complex concepts.


Daniel Hickie, makes theatre for and with young people. Over the course of 2016, Daniel acted in a touring theatre show that visited 300+ schools across his homeland of Australia. This experience threw Daniel headfirst into a love for young people’s theatre. In Montreal, Daniel has taught drama, devised stories, built puppets and played imaginatively with students from all over the area. In his work, Daniel searches for moments of joy, for meaningful community, and for vulnerable storytelling. When he meets a group of young people, he works hard to put as much ownership and choice as possible into their hands. With his newly founded company, Young Hearts Theatre, Daniel is currently developing several shows, using puppets that range in size from tiny to giant.