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
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
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” , “Little Women” (2014), “Pippin” (2013), and “Lucky Stiff” (2012).
Director: Andy Toth
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
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
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.