My Voice (Grades 4-6+)

The Secret Life of Riley K. – School Booking Information

An extraordinary and innovative new musical about
anxiety, mental health and courage.

“The secret life of Riley K provides a unique experience for middle school children, combining an entertaining and great show that is nonetheless jam packed with age appropriate concepts about a fairly common mental health issue: anxiety. The accompanying teachers’ package is a rich resource for ongoing discussion in the classroom after the show. Bravo EAC, I would love to see more of this kind of very needed mental health programming in the school system!”

Dr. Diane A. Philipp, MD FRCP(C)
Toronto-based child and adolescent psychiatrist

We are thrilled to announce our brand new “My Voice” initiative featuring thought-provoking shows and teaching resources in a range of topics appropriate for grades 4-6 (note: ask us about older students attending). Touring right into your school gymnasium for the 2017/18 school year.  Many dates already sold out. Book now. For more information about this exciting new program, please contact us.

Riley is a clever, ambitious girl who strives for a perfect life. But the prospect of giving a big speech leads to a perfect mess. She is suprised to learn that her sick stomach was not the flu, but anxiety. Riley discovers she isn’t alone with these challenges and that help is nearby. Her grandfather gives her a treasured book about a girl who conquers a dragon. Like the girl in the book, Riley uses her strategies and the help of family and friends to move forward, one step at a time.

Through this wonderful new program, students in grades 4-6 will learn about mental health, with a particular focus on anxiety. The program was developed with the assistance of the Government of Ontario, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, and an advisory committee of mental health professionals (see below).

Data from Evaluative Study of the Inaugural Tour of Riley K

For more information about this exciting new program, please contact us.

Education Arts Canada is indebted to the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Government of Ontario for their kind support of this program.


Written by Ali Joy Richardson and Juno award winners, Judy and David Gershon.

Advisory Committee

Education Arts Canada is deeply grateful to our Mental Health Advisory Committee for this initiative.

Dr. Diane Philipp
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dawn McKelvie Cyr
Psychotherapist and Theatre Arts Specialist

Jordi Hepburn
Youth Support Worker and Teacher

Judy Adelman Gershon
Mother, Teacher, Musician and Mental Health Advocate

Jamie Joong-Watts
Actor and Mental Health Advocate