At Arts Umbrella, we’re constantly impressed by the skills of our teen students. In Dance, Theatre, and Visual Arts, teens are knocking it out of the park. One of the reasons for that? You’re an ambitious bunch.

We heard that teen artists in Metro Vancouver are ready to challenge their creative potential. So we’ve added to our roster of summer intensive programs—all to give you the best real-world experience possible. Whether you want to add Gaga to your repertoire as a dancer, explore process and criticism as a photographer, project your voice with confidence in the theatre, or more—we’ve got a program for you.

Our artistic directors have worked hard to develop programs that challenge, engage, and inspire you. In an intensive setting, students get one-on-one mentorship, opportunities to deepen their understanding of their craft, and grow their creative confidence among like-minded peers.

Here’s what we’ve got in store for summer 2018. See a program you like? Click through for more information and to register.


International Summer Dance Intensive

Program Dates: Aug 6–24, 2018
Ages 12+
Entry by audition. Scholarships available.
World-renowned teachers, choreographers, and repetiteurs offer an experience that will lead dancers to reach their performance potential. This intensive, full-day, three-week program includes Ballet, Repertoire, Pointe, Pas de Deux for advanced students, Gaga, Modern, Forsythe Improvisation Technologies, Contemporary, Movement Exploration, and Coaching and Conditioning. In collaboration with Ballet BC, we also offer an advanced level, designed for the auditioning dancer looking to develop skills for entry into professional dance.

Teen Summer Dance Intensive

Program Dates: Jul 30–Aug 3, 2018 | Aug 6–10, 2018
Ages 12+
No audition. A minimum two years dance experience is required.
This five-day intensive program is designed for teen dancers who are seeking a high level of instruction to develop and maintain abilities acquired in a general dance program. Featuring Ballet, Modern, Repertoire, Jazz, and Hip Hop classes with Arts Umbrella faculty, the program also brings in special guest instructors. Dancers in the Teen Summer Dance Intensive will develop new skills, and maintain fitness and flexibility—all while having an inspiring and fun dance experience. The comprehensive way to prepare for classes in September.



Arts Umbrella Theatre

Summer Acting Intensive

Program Dates: Jul 9–14, 2018
Ages 13+
Take the stage and trust your instincts! In this one-week program, you’ll hone your acting chops, and improve your rehearsal and performance skills. Through theatre exercises, character study, and voice work, you’ll learn to make strong, consistent choices about your roles on stage. It’s the best way to feel confident in front of an audience.

Summerstage Musical Theatre Intensive

Program Dates: Jul 3–20, 2018 (Rehearsals and evening performances Jul 23–28)
Ages 12+
Previous musical theatre class experience at Arts Umbrella or special permission required.
Cue the music! This four-week program gives emerging musical theatre artists an opportunity to train with the professionals. Gain valuable ensemble and solo performance experience, polish your audition repertoire, develop your voice, and learn advanced singing, dancing, and acting techniques. Summerstage Musical Theatre Intensive concludes with a full-length Broadway musical performance at Studio 1398.

Film Acting Intensive

Program Dates: Jul 16–20, 2018
Ages 13+
From page to screen, young actors collaborate to create an original short film. In this one-week program, you’ll learn about acting for the film and television industry, from audition to production. Practice cold reads, hone your audition skills, experience onset simulations, and learn how to take your acting to the next level. The Film Acting Intensive culminates in a collaborative project in which students film, act, and edit their own short piece.



Arts Umbrella Visual Arts Summer Intensives


Architecture Scholarship Intensive

Program Dates: Aug 13–17, 2018
Ages 13–19
Admission by jury portfolio review.
The one-week Architecture Scholarship Intensive provides you with the rare opportunity to work with some of Vancouver’s most celebrated architects. Learn about creative approaches in building public spaces and new ways of seeing the built environment. In a studio environment, you’ll engage in research and critique, and discuss and develop ideas. Based on these group discussions, you’ll also draw and create models to showcase your ideas. The program concludes with an exhibition on Sep 27 at
Performance Works, as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of presenting sponsor, BTY Group. Guests will include the real estate sector’s most prolific and influential designers, project managers, engineers, developers, and financiers.

Contemporary Art Practices Visual Arts Summer Intensive

Program Dates: Aug 7–24, 2018
Ages 15–19
Admission by jury portfolio review
Want to push the boundaries of your artistic practice? This three-week visual arts intensive is designed for artists ages 15–19, interested in a challenge and ready to experiment with their art-making. In a supportive studio environment, you’ll work with leading Vancouver artists, curators, and educators, exploring a range of contemporary art practices. The full-scholarship program introduces you to new approaches in the visual arts through a series of artist workshops. Students also view works of art, and engage in critiques and discussions about how to develop ideas and work with new materials. The program culminates in an exhibition at the Contemporary Art Gallery.

Drawing and Painting Intensive

Program Dates: Aug 7–24, 2018
Ages 13–19
Create original work with technique and passion. In the Drawing and Painting Intensive, artist-instructors guide students in independent research into artists and history. From that, inspiration and knowledge informs original works created in class. Investigate the ideas of abstraction and series work, all while refining fundamental skills in your visual art practice, including composition, design, and colour theory. In conversation with your peers, the art of constructive critique is also explored and practiced.

Found Footage Intensive

Program Dates: Aug 7–24, 2018
Ages 13–19
Recommended prerequisite: Mac computer knowledge
From discarded 16mm prints to hours of archival footage—inspiration surrounds us. Young artists in the three-week Found Footage Intensive work with collected, previously photographed images, to engage in both digital and physical editing processes. During this program, learn about film and digital photography and film-making, as well as how to mix media for a unique visual expression of moving images. Students blend aesthetic styles and push technological boundaries to tell new stories with found footage.