Theatre Arts and Performance

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Program Code: 6470

School: School of Communications, Media and Design

Credential: Advanced Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 3 years/ 6 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Story Arts Centre

Email: probinson@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 416-289-5000 ext. 2534

Centennial College’s new Theatre Arts and Performance program is your open door to a multi-faceted professional career in the theatre. This innovative program will train your technical skills, push your creative boundaries, nurture your artistic voice, and help you develop crucial industry connections.

Classes in acting, movement and voice expand your artistic range across different styles of classic and contemporary theatre, including live and on-camera performance. You will develop your audition skills, learn how to get an agent, and create your own dynamic demo reel.

You'll also gain experience as an actor-entrepreneur through independent "storefront" productions, putting you at the front-line of theatre innovation and giving you the tools to succeed in Canada's vibrant theatre scene.

Upon graduating, you will be well-equipped to run your own theatre company or develop your career as a professional actor, director, stage manager, producer or instructor, whether you’re working in Toronto or on the world stage.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
CO-120 Creativity in Context: Creating Theatre in the Community Story Arts Centre
COMM-160/161 College Communication 1 Story Arts Centre
THEA-100 Acting Workshop I Story Arts Centre
THEA-110 Creative Project I: Storytelling Story Arts Centre
THEA-120 Script Reading & Analysis I: Canadian Playwrights Story Arts Centre
THEA-125 Technique I: Introduction to Movement Story Arts Centre
THEA-240 Creativity Skills I: Creative Roles in the Theatre Story Arts Centre
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/171 College Communication 2 Story Arts Centre
THEA-115 Entrepreneurship I: Creating Opportunities in the Theatre Story Arts Centre
THEA-200 Acting Workshop II Story Arts Centre
THEA-210 Creative Project II: Directed Production Story Arts Centre
THEA-220 Script Reading & Analysis II: Western Classics Story Arts Centre
THEA-225 Technique II: Movement and Voice Story Arts Centre
THEA-230 Shadowing I Story Arts Centre
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Story Arts Centre
THEA-300 Acting Workshop III Story Arts Centre
THEA-310 Creative Project III: Ensemble Story Arts Centre
THEA-315 Entrepreneurship II: Getting Money - Funding and Revenue Development Story Arts Centre
THEA-320 Script Reading & Analysis III: World Theatre Story Arts Centre
THEA-325 Technique III: Mask Story Arts Centre
THEA-350 Management I – Stage Management & Arts Management Story Arts Centre
THEA-360 Design I – Set Design, Scenic Painting, Properties and Wardrobe Story Arts Centre
THEA-370 Media I: New Media in Theatre Story Arts Centre
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
GNED General Education Elective Story Arts Centre
THEA-400 Acting Workshop IV Story Arts Centre
THEA-410 Creative Project IV: Storefront Story Arts Centre
THEA-415 Entrepreneurship III: Theatre Business and Industry Story Arts Centre
THEA-425 Technique IV: Music Story Arts Centre
THEA-430 Shadowing II Story Arts Centre
THEA-450 Management II – Producing & Theatre Management Story Arts Centre
THEA-460 Design II – Lighting & Sound Design and Theatre Effects Story Arts Centre
THEA-470 Media II – Camera Operation, Directing and Editing for Film Story Arts Centre
Semester 5
Course Code Course Title Location
GNED General Education Elective Story Arts Centre
THEA-350 Management I – Stage Management & Arts Management Story Arts Centre
THEA-360 Design I – Set Design, Scenic Painting, Properties and Wardrobe Story Arts Centre
THEA-370 Media I: New Media in Theatre Story Arts Centre
THEA-500 Acting Workshop V Story Arts Centre
THEA-510 Creative Project V: Community Story Arts Centre
THEA-515 Entrepreneurship IV: Financial Managing Skills Story Arts Centre
THEA-520 Script Reading & Analysis IV: Playwriting Story Arts Centre
THEA-525 Technique V: Special Topics Story Arts Centre
Semester 6
Course Code Course Title Location
THEA-450 Management II – Producing & Theatre Management Story Arts Centre
THEA-460 Design II – Lighting & Sound Design and Theatre Effects Story Arts Centre
THEA-470 Media II – Camera Operation, Directing and Editing for Film Story Arts Centre
THEA-600 Acting Workshop VI Story Arts Centre
THEA-610 Creative Project VI: Storefront Story Arts Centre
THEA-615 Auditioning and Professional Practice Story Arts Centre
THEA-630 Shadowing III Story Arts Centre

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Graduates will be prepared to manage their acting careers in the theatre and or working in film, television and commercials. Graduates may also find explore careers as playwrights, directors, producers, stage managers, set designers, or technicians for the theatre.

Program Highlights

  • Train in various styles of acting, for classical and contemporary scripts, written and improvised work, traditional and movement-based staging practices, live and on-screen, etc., under the instruction on industry-leading professionals.
  • Public performances in every semester
  • Studio classes in rehearsal and performance spaces at the prestigious Toronto Centre for the Arts
  • Focus on entrepreneurship and networking prepares graduates for sustainable careers in theatre arts
  • Opportunities to collaborate with the other students in photography, film and television, music, dance and art programs at the Story Arts Centre

Career Outlook

  • Actor
  • Playwright
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Stage Manager
  • Set Designer
  • Theatre Technician

Academic Requirements

Additional Requirements

  • All candidates must attend a mandatory Program Admission Session, where you will be required to audition. For the audition:
    • Prepare two contrasting monologues – one classic and one contemporary (or self-written). Monologues should be no more than one and a half minutes in length.
    • You may be asked to respond to additional coaching or direction.
  • Please bring a resume. Be prepared to discuss your previous experience, as well as your current interests in theatre practice.
  • We highly recommend that candidates attend a Program Admission Session in-person, but under extenuating circumstances, a video and resume can be submitted for review and evaluation. Please contact for the program coordinator for details.
  • After applying at Ontariocolleges.ca, you will receive a letter with additional instructions on how to prepare for and book your Program Admission Session.

Note: This program requires students to have and use a mobile computing device (i.e. a laptop or tablet) and software that meets or exceeds the school’s recommended requirements.

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.