Jay vs the World

We are thrilled to announce our “One Deep Breath” (formerly “My Voice”) initiative featuring thought-provoking shows and teaching resources about mental health, appropriate for grades 4-6 (note: many schools are bringing older students as well… ask us about this). Touring right into your school gymnasium.  Many dates already sold out. Book now. For more information about this exciting new program, please contact us.

Jay vs the World (World Premier Tour begins Feb 2019) 

Jay has it all – popularity, talent, and an awesome best friend. But when the friend moves away, Jay’s plans to run for Student Council lead to public humiliation in the school cafeteria. Angry and embarrassed, Jay tries to topple the frontrunner for president. As his frustration builds, Jay’s world spins out of control. For Jay, emotional regulation turns out to be an even bigger challenge than getting elected. But making the journey back from bully to hero is worth the effort.

This exciting initiative was created by Juno award-winning composers, Judy & David Gershon, and by Canadian director and playwright, Ali Joy Richardson, under the guidance of a team of mental health professionals. The program includes an unforgettable in-school performance and excellent teacher resource materials to extend the learning through the year. NOTE: Major subsidies to this program are available for schools in York/Simcoe regions.

For more information about these exciting new programs, please contact us.

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


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. The MHAC consists of accomplished mental health professionals as well as representatives from the education and arts communities. Please feel free to contact us if you would like more information about the committee or about the content of the shows.

The One Deep Breath Series

The One Deep Breath series features the following programs, usually offered on a rotating basis in different years:

  • The Secret Life of Riley K (mental health, anxiety)
  • Jay VS the World (mental health, emotional regulation, bullying)
  • And… more in development!

Educator Reactions

The One Deep Breath series has been extremely well received by both students and teachers. Here is data from the first show in the series, The Secret Life of Riley K:

Data from Evaluative Study of the Inaugural Tour of Riley K