Yearlong Intensives

About the Program

Be a part of something special. Yearlong Theatre Intensive students share a commitment to the art and craft of theatre, film, music, and performance—and they take the skills they learn with them, wherever they go.

Specific skills-development takes a greater priority in our Year-Long Intensives. At-home preparation and regular attendance is required, especially for students considering further study in the Pre-Professional Theatre program. Prospective students must have completed at least two Sessions of Arts Umbrella Theatre training, or equivalent.

Classes run from September to June and students train with industry professionals among like-minded peers. Intensive Programs will prepare young artists for further study in the field, including the Arts Umbrella Pre-Professional Theatre Program.

Public Performances

The health and safety of our students, staff, and families is important to us. We will determine the viability of all public performances in accordance with recommendations from the Province of British Columbia and the BC Centre for Disease Control. Whenever possible, alternatives will be explored if public performances are limited. 

Location Key
GI = Granville Island
SS = South Surrey

Film Acting Intensive

Ages 11-16
Discover what it’s like to be on set and what it takes to get you there! Students collaborate to make an original short film, which will be screened at their year-end performance. The class explores techniques on how to be in the moment, how to surprise yourself in your work, and how to audition for film and television.

Musical Theatre Intensive

Level 1, Ages 9-12
Level 2, Ages 10-13
Level 3, Ages 11-16
Keen students eager to see their skills and confidence grow learn acting techniques, dance and choreography, singing and musicianship, and more with our professional artist/instructors. Students will build connection, safety, and community, while creating dynamic ensemble and solo performances. Students should expect to learn 3-5 fully staged musical theatre pieces per year, perform in one or more final ensemble revues, and have the opportunity to perform a solo or a small group number at our intimate year-end cabaret. Students will be placed in  classes based on age, skill, and experience.

*NEW* Sketch Comedy Intensive

Ages 11-16
Be bold and take your comedic and improv skills to the next level with the new Sketch Comedy Intensive. Through a mixture of improvisation and writing, young actors will gain creative thinking, team building, and communication skills that will benefit them on the stage and in everyday life. Industry professionals will help you develop your technique, discipline, and artistry. Work with other creative minds to explore, devise, and create sketches that will be shared with audiences throughout the year.

Youth Acting Intensive

Ages 9-12
Places, please! Young actors learn how to improve their rehearsal and performance skills through focused theatre exercises that encourage mindfulness and self-awareness. Students also experiment with emotional and physical character portrayals, all while collaborating with a class of like-minded performers in a supportive environment.

Theatre Intensive

Ages 11-14, 13-16 
Learn to follow your impulses and improve your rehearsal and performance skills through a variety of theatre exercises, character studies, and script work. Students will explore a variety of theatrical techniques and styles such as Laban, mime, and mask, while experimenting with breath work to help connect to and access different emotions. Young actors are empowered to make bold emotional and physical character choices. As levels progress, you will be able to grow a wealth of tactics to use in your portrayals.

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