Pre-Professional Program

Commit, collaborate, excel

The Arts Umbrella Pre-Professional Theatre Training Program stages its intensive training over a Junior Theatre Troupe, Senior Theatre Troupe, Musical Theatre Troupe, Laboratory Theatre Troupe, and a Young Directors Program.

Pre-Professional Program Auditions for 2016-2017

Admission to this full-year program is by audition only. Auditions take place June 18, 2017 and September 10, 2017. Contact Paul Moniz de Sá, Artistic Director, Theatre & Music, for more information. Participants will be placed according to age, experience, skill, schedule, and goals.

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Round One of Auditions for the 2017/18 program will be held on June 18, 2017. Please Click Here to book your audition. For more information on what to expect at the audition:

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About the program

Each year-long program is one of structure, offering aspiring actors and directors the space to sharpen their skills. Vocal, movement, and theatrical exercises help develop teamwork and cooperation – discipline and technique – creative expression and individual artistry.

Industry professionals help students explore their full artistic potential, whatever the venue. Many of our students have gone on to post-secondary theatre programs as well as professional acting careers across the continent.


Troupes, Programs, and Classes

Junior Theatre Troupe

Pre-professional (ages 13–16)
Put your talent on stage! Students develop on- and off-stage skills, as well as the cooperative team spirit needed to produce and perform a play. We hone performance skills and experiment with staging elements such as lighting, sound, and set design. Troupes dedicate the Fall session to intensive training in movement, voice, improvisation, scene studies, and script work. Winter and Spring sessions focus on mounting a professional production to tour Metro Vancouver elementary schools.

Students also showcase their work as a part of the Winter Shorts and Come Together Festivals at Performance Works as well as the Expressions Festival at the Waterfront Theatre. Past productions include: “Alice in Wonderland” (2015), “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” (2014), “Peter Pan” (2013), and “The Wind in the Willows” (2012).

Director: Susanne Moniz de Sá

Junior Troupe Year At A Glance

Labratory Theatre Troupe

Pre-professional (ages 13–19)
Turn a blank page into an original script. Experiment with other like-minded theatre students to create, produce, and perform an original theatre piece to tour to Metro Vancouver schools. Similar to the work done in the other Pre-professional Troupes, you will gain a deeper understanding of the actor’s process with a greater emphasis on creating original work and sharing knowledge.

Showcase your work as a part of the Winter Shorts and Come Together Festivals at Performance Works, as well as the Expressions Festival at the Waterfront Theatre.

Director: Darcey Johnson

Laboratory Theatre Troupe Year At A Glance

Musical Theatre Troupe

Pre-professional (ages 13–19)
Cue the music! The Musical Theatre Troupe undergoes intensive training with professional musical theatre artists to gain valuable ensemble and solo performance experience, and make the connection between performer and audience. Polish your audition repertoire, develop your
actor’s voice, and learn advanced singing, dancing, and acting techniques.

You’ll perform as part of the Winter Shorts and Come Together Festivals at Performance Works, and then rehearse and mount a full-length musical as a part of the Expressions Festival at the Waterfront Theatre in May. Past productions have included: “Bring It On” [2015], “Little Women” (2014), “Pippin” (2013), and “Lucky Stiff” (2012).

Director: Andy Toth

Musical Theatre Troupe Year At A Glance

Senior Theatre Troupe

Pre-professional (ages 15–19)
Launch your acting career with intensive voice training, fine-tuned movement technique, non-verbal exercises, and professional rehearsal methods. This yearlong program develops the actor’s process and stretches your abilities in finding voice and emotional connection. In Fall, students focus on process, connection to breath, and scene work. Winter and Spring immerse you in mounting a production to tour Metro Vancouver schools.

Your work is on stage during Winter Shorts and Come Together at Performance Works, as well as Expressions at Waterfront Theatre. Past productions have included: “The Martian Chronicles” (2015), “Romeo and Juliet” (2014), “Oh What A Lovely War” (2013), and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (2012).

Director: Paul Moniz de Sá

Senior Troupe Year At A Glance

Young Directors Program

Pre-professional (ages 16–21)
Go behind the scenes! Learn how to get the most out of an actor’s performance. Young Directors work alongside professional designers and a Pre-professional Theatre Troupe Director to see what it takes to put on a show. You direct your own scene for Winter Shorts in Fall, and then assist to direct year-end shows at Waterfront Theatre.

Students are accepted by application only. Acceptance is by approval. To apply, contact Paul Moniz de Sá, Artistic Director, Theatre & Music.

Master Class Series

Ages 13–21
From auditions and agents to masks and musicals, these workshops share industry knowledge with serious students. We explore many aspects of theatre arts training, allowing further learning in a supportive environment with like-minded students. These intensive, 3-hour classes are a taste of the in-depth training offered at postsecondary institutions.

Previous workshops have included: Auditioning with Kathryn Shaw of Studio 58; Mask and Mime with Wendy Gorling of Studio 58; Voice with Brad Gibson of Studio 58 and UBC Voice Intensive; Business of Being an Actor with Talent Agent Jamie Levitt of LLA; Auditioning with Stephen Heatley of UBC; and Musical Theatre with Gilian Barber of Capilano University.