Theatre Arts – Performance Program (P104)

PROGRAM
Theatre Arts – Performance
CODE
P104
SCHOOL
School of Media and Performing Arts
LOCATION
Young Centre for the Performing Arts
DURATION
3 years (6 semesters)
STARTING MONTH
September
CERTIFICATION
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
YEAR OF STUDY
METHOD OF STUDY
FT
The Theatre Arts – Performance program offers you vigorously concentrated, career-oriented training in the fundamental skills, practicalities, traditions and professionalism needed to work as a professional actor in theatre, television and film.

Full Program Descriptions

Description  

The Theatre Arts – Performance program at George Brown's School of Media and Performing Arts offers you vigorously concentrated, career-oriented training in the fundamental skills, practicalities, traditions and professionalism needed to work as a professional actor in theatre, television and film.

The conservatory, hands-on training is an integrated curriculum in which all subjects are related directly to the acting profession. Five skill courses form the core of our classical approach to training the actor: voice, speech, movement, music and dance. The acting curriculum features improvisation, contact improvisation, storytelling, poetry, text analysis, contemporary and classical scene studies, neutral mask, character mask, clowning, commedia dell’arte, television and film technique, and audition preparation. Further classes include: stage combat, dialectology, theatre history, the business of acting, and the Alexander Technique. We also enjoy partnerships with Soulpepper Theatre Company and the Tarragon Theatre.

STUDENT SELECTION

Enrolment is limited, ensuring adequate personal attention is given to each student. Admission is competitive, based on the results of auditions and personal interviews conducted by the Artistic Director and faculty members. A minimum academic standing plus passing grades in acting must be achieved in order to be promoted to the next semester.

A scene from one of the plays

OUR SEASON OF PLAYS 2016/2017

JOIN US FOR OUR 40th ANNIVERSARY SEASON OF PLAYS AT THE YOUNG CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS! Season to be announced summer of 2016.

Part Time Study Options  

George Brown College also offers evening courses in acting. See the Continuing Education Course Guide at coned.georgebrown.ca

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Each George Brown College certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and graduate certificate program is expected to deliver specific program learning outcomes. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study. Programs are designed to deliver both vocation or discipline-specific learning outcomes and more generic essential employability skills (including communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills).

In addition to the aforementioned learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed through additional mandatory General Education courses in the program curriculum.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit georgebrown.ca/programs/learning-standards-and-outcomes

Course Outline

Required Courses 

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SEMESTER 1

semester courses
Code Course Name
THEA1001 Acting I
THEA1003 Dance I
THEA1004 Movement I
THEA1006 Voice I
THEA1005 Vocal Music I
THEA1008 Speech I
THEA1013 Group Improvisation
THEA1015 Contact Improvisation
THEA1028 Acting I - Test Piece
THEA1029 Storytelling
GHUM1067 The History of Western Theatre
COMM1007 College English
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
Code Course Name
THEA1002 Acting II
THEA1010 Dance II
THEA1017 Movement II
THEA1016 Voice II
THEA1009 Vocal Music II
GHUM1092 Theatre History I
THEA1012 Stage Combat I
THEA1014 Workshop Performance I - Act Shakespeare
THEA1031 Shakespeare Bath
THEA1032 Neutral Mask
THEA1018 Speech II
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
Code Course Name
THEA2001 Acting III
THEA2041 Acting III Workshop
THEA2004 Dance III
THEA2016 Movement III
THEA2002 Voice III
THEA2009 Vocal Music III
THEA2022 Theatre History II
THEA2024 Business of Acting
THEA2028 Text Study I
THEA2014 Speech III
THEA2013 Children’s Play Performance
THEA2039 Clown

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
Code Course Name
THEA2007 Acting IV
THEA2003 Television and Film Technique
THEA2008 Dance IV
THEA2021 Movement IV
THEA2017 Voice IV
THEA2019 Vocal Music IV
THEA2023 Theatre History III
THEA2025 Business of Acting II
THEA2011 Stage Combat II
THEA2046 Text Study II
THEA2018 Speech IV
THEA2020 Workshop Performance II
THEA2045 Character Mask

SEMESTER 5

semester courses
Code Course Name
THEA3001 Acting V - TEST PIECE
THEA3016 Showcase Performance I
THEA3005 Dance V
THEA3004 Movement V
THEA3003 Voice V
THEA3006 Vocal Music V
THEA3007 Speech V
THEA3014 Introduction to Alexander Technique
THEA3017 Theatre Ontario Monologue Study
THEA3018 Devised Theatre Workshop

SEMESTER 6

semester courses
Code Course Name
THEA3011 Dance VI
THEA3010 Showcase Performance II
THEA3013 Movement VI
THEA3008 Voice VI
THEA3012 Vocal Music VI
THEA3009 Speech VI
THEA3015 Alexander Technique II

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

An ever-expanding local theatre scene creates a consistent demand for fresh faces and new talent in a range of educational, entertainment and commercial activities. Students should be aware, however, that the field is extremely competitive.

Future Study Options 

For information on future study options, see www.georgebrown.ca/transferguide

Tuition and Fees

Tuition 

$5,278.00 * ‡

Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2015. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2016 and at later dates.

‡ There will be a $50.00 audition fee (payable in cash or money order only) when you arrive on the day of your audition for P101, P102 or P103, and P104

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Interview
  • Audition - Entrance into this program is based on in-person auditions and/or interviews.

All applicants who meet the academic requirements will receive an audition appointment. Auditions take place in April and May for September intake. There is no January intake. Visit the Theatre Arts program page at georgebrown.ca/performingarts/auditions/ for information about audition requirements.

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Course Exemptions:

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International students: Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

How Do I Apply to the Program  

Entrance into the three-year, professional, actor-training course (P104) is based on in-person auditions and/or interviews.

All applicants who meet the college’s requirements for post-secondary study will receive an audition appointment. Auditions take place in April and May for September intake. There is no January intake.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Potential students are to present two contrasting monologues and one song. Both the monologues and the song must be memorized.

Monologues

  • two contrasting monologues: one chosen from the classical repertoire i.e. 1575-1700, the other contemporary i.e. after 1900
  • the monologues MUST be from published plays (stories, poetry, movies, TV or self-written material is not acceptable)
  • monologues must not exceed 1½ minutes each
  • the monologues should be of a contrasting nature to show two different sides of your personality

Song

  • the song can be from any repertoire
  • you will be singing without accompaniment

AUDITION FEE

There will be a $50 audition fee, payable when you arrive on the day of your audition. We only accept cash or money order (personal cheques and credit cards are not acceptable; we do not have a debit machine). Students who arrive without the fee will not be able to audition.

Apply To  

Ontario Colleges

Student Selection  

Enrolment is limited, ensuring adequate personal attention is given to each student. Admission is competitive, based on the results of auditions and personal interviews conducted by the Artistic Director and faculty members. A minimum academic standing plus passing grades in acting must be achieved in order to be promoted to the next semester.

Student Success

Success Stories  

“It's been so incredibly instrumental.  To speak publicly, to be on shows like Good Morning America and The Today Show, to host red carpets and have my own TV show and to be confident in my abilities doing all that – that's all because of what I learned at George Brown. I definitely feel like my training at George Brown made me a better student and allowed me to excel when I got my degree.”

Brad Goreski

Graduate 1999, Theatre Arts

“I use my acting skills in my speaking engagements, but everything I studied – musical theatre, set design, costumes, staging – it's all completely synergistic to my work as a producer. George Brown’s demanding curriculum for a strong work ethic that has been essential in building my career.  I look back with great appreciation how George Brown made me roll up my sleeves.”
 

Cheryl Cecchetto

Graduate 1980, Theatre Arts

"If you want the very best classical theatre training program this country has to offer, nothing compares to George Brown Theatre School. George Brown offers the best guest artists, faculty and facilities.

This program is highly demanding and challenging, but no other place in the country is this committed to providing its students with the most current and practical training in classical theatre.

From George Bernard Shaw to Judith Thompson, George Brown offers the best training in text-based theatre. If you’re prepared to take risks and do intelligent, thought-provoking work, George Brown is the place for you.

As a graduate of George Brown Theatre School, I feel prepared to enter the industry with the confidence of a trained professional."

Carys Lewis (Graduate 2010, Theatre Arts)

Hear more about Carys' story by watching her video.

Contact Us

Contact Us  

School of Media and Performing Arts

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2167

Email: performingarts@georgebrown.ca

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.