School of Theatre, Music & Film

Welcome to Arts Umbrella Theatre, Music & Film

Programs at the Robert M. Ledingham School of Theatre, Music & Film nurture young artists’ creativity and build skills that benefit them in performance and in everyday life. We see how musical harmonies foster teamwork, how learning to use your voice builds self-confidence, how imagination is freed when shown a new script, and how leadership is shaped in  the director’s chair.

We offer Sessional Programs for young people ages 6-22, as well as Yearlong Programs and Intensives for students who are ready to make a bigger commitment to their performing arts education. The Pre-Professional and Post-Secondary Programs are designed for young people with a passion for their craft who are ready for a more rigorous schedule and curriculum.

Our faculty are renowned industry artists with expertise in a wide range of performing styles, from on-camera acting to ensemble performances. The curriculum—across classes as varied as acting for stage and screen, writing, singing, musical theatre, and more—is focused on process, and provides opportunities for collaborative and independent development. We also offer training in the technical aspects of theatre and film, such as lighting, sound, sets, and costumes.

Students in our performing arts classes will also have the opportunity to showcase their work—whether it’s an end-of-session classroom performance for family, an online viewing, a public performance at the 132-seat Jack and Darlene Poole Theatre at our new Granville Island location, or a school tour across Metro Vancouver.

Be curious, be bold, and be yourself—all while growing a love of the performing arts that will last a lifetime.

Artistic Leadership

Paul Moniz de Sá
Artistic Director
Paul Moniz de Sá is a professional actor, director, and sound designer. He’s worked in theatres across North America, including Bard on the Beach, The Vancouver Playhouse, and the National Arts Centre. His on-camera credits include Steven Spielberg’s The BFG, Arrow, The Flash, and more.

An educator for over 20 years, Paul has worked with students of all ages and has taught at institutions across Metro Vancouver. Paul has been the director of the Senior Theatre Troupe for more than a decade and is a proud graduate of both the Arts Umbrella Theatre Program and Studio 58.

Andy Toth
Associate Artistic Director
Andy is the director of the Musical Theatre Troupe, where he most recently directed Into the Woods and Merrily We Roll Along. Born in Hamilton, Ontario and trained in New York City, Andy’s international experience includes local roles in the Arts Club productions of Avenue Q and as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray.

Andy is also an accomplished voice actor with hundreds of cartoons and commercials to his credit. Outside Arts Umbrella, Andy is the President and former Artistic Director of Awkward Stage Productions, a leading youth theatre production company.

Artistic Leadership, Arts Umbrella Theatre, Music & Film

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Arts Umbrella donors, volunteers, and sponsors share the same belief: that arts education can transform a child’s life. Whether attending an event, making a monthly gift, or donating time, our supporters are vital to helping us inspire creativity for good through the arts.