Pre-Professional Programs

About the Program

The Arts Umbrella Pre-Professional Theatre Training Program stages its intensive training from September to June. The structure of our year-long Pre-Professional Programs offer aspiring actors and directors the space to sharpen their skills through vocal, movement, and theatrical exercises that help develop teamwork, cooperation, discipline, 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.


Admission to this full-year program is by audition only. Auditions take place in June and September. Contact for more information. Participants will be placed according to age, experience, skill, schedule, and goals.

Apply for the 2020/21 season

Auditions (Round One): Sunday, June 14, 2020
Auditions (Round Two and Callbacks): Sunday, September 13, 2020.

Apply for your audition today

Download your Audition Package here


Pre-Professional Troupes and Programs

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 at Performance Works as well as the Expressions Theatre Festival at the Waterfront Theatre. Past productions include: “Charlotte’s Web” (2017), “Story Stew, A Fairy Tale Review” (2016), “Alice in Wonderland” (2015), “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” (2014), and “Peter Pan” (2013).

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 at Performance Works, as well as the Expressions Theatre Festival at the Waterfront Theatre.

Director: Laura McLean

Laboratory Theatre Troupe Year At A Glance

Musical Theatre Troupe

Pre-professional (ages 13–19) – by audition only 
Young performers train with professional musical theatre artists to gain valuable ensemble and solo performance experience and enhance the special connection between performers and audiences. Actors can expect to expand their audition repertoire, develop their voice, and learn advanced singing, dancing, and acting techniques. Musical Theatre Troupe members end the year with either a full-length or school length Broadway Musical as part of our Expressions Festival.

Director: Andy Toth & Erika Babins

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 at Performance Works, as well as the Expressions Theatre Festival at the Waterfront Theatre. Past productions have included: ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged” (2017),”Julius Ceasar” (2016), “The Martian Chronicles” (2015), “Romeo and Juliet” (2014), and “Oh What A Lovely War” (2013).

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.

Film Actors’ Clinic

Pre-professional (Ages 13–21)
Finding confidence in front of the lens can be tough to master, that’s why we tailored a program to help students bring comfort and strength to their on-screen performances.  In these 3-hour sessions, students will work with authentic audition materials while they delve into script analysis, audition techniques and connection.  Scenes that are filmed in class will be available to take home- a helpful learning tool that doubles as footage for future demo reels.  During this class, Industry professionals will be invited to share their casting, auditioning, and on set experiences.  Learn how to navigate popular genres in Vancouver’s current film and television climate and join us for a showcase where you can impress agents on the lookout for new talent.

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

Improv Troupe

Tuesdays 6–9 pm (at Arts Umbrella South Surrey, N116 – 15850 26 Ave, Morgan Crossing)
Ages 12-15
Passionate about climate action? Want to get on stage? Join the South Surrey Improv Troupe and raise your voice. In this new Improv Troupe, you will take your improvisation skills to the next level, gain self-confidence, and learn to think on your feet. Work with other creative minds to devise an original improv show that will tour to schools across the Lower Mainland in May 2020.

Apply for Improv Troupe

For more information please contact

Shakespeare Troupe

But soft! what light through yonder window breaks? 
Calling all Shakespeare lovers! Arts Umbrella Theatre & Music is excited to announce a new Shakespeare-focused Pre-Professional Theatre Troupe starting September 2020. Bring your love for the Bard, on tour, to schools across the Lower Mainland.

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