Theatre Arts – Performance Program (P104)

2020-20212021-2022

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Overview

Program Overview

This program is being offered in Winter 2021. Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges, and international students can learn more about how to apply.

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 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 almost 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.

Besides great partnerships with Soulpepper Theatre Company, Tarragon Theatre and Theatre by the Bay, George Brown has run a successful mentorship program for a number of years. In the final year, students will be paired with a successful theatre practitioner. This partnership starts in the students’ final semester and continues for roughly a yearlong period. Mentors will meet with the student at a minimum three times as the student graduates and begins to transition out into the field. This program has been not only a success for the students but mentors have also expressed how great the experience has been and how rewarding it is to be there for the students as they graduate.

2020/2021 SEASON OF PLAYS

Join us for our season of plays at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts! Season to be announced summer of 2020.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Perform in a variety of theatrical contexts by applying acting, movement, and voice techniques as required.
  2. Develop and present strategies for personal, career and professional development within the performing arts industry.
  3. Apply and analyze theatre traditions and current trends from a variety of historical and cultural contexts to enhance personal creativity and theatrical performance.
  4. Investigate and articulate personal reasons for pursuing creative work in the theatre.
  5. Complete all work in compliance with industry standards and policies and professional ethics.
  6. Use entrepreneurial and project planning skills to develop production and administrative aspects of professional theatre.
  7. Perform vocal material – solo and choral – and execute staging and choreography as required by a theatrical performance.
  8. Create and devise original works of theatre individually and collectively to perform in front of an audience.

Courses

Required Courses

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
GHUM1092 Theatre History I
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
THEA2022 Theatre History II
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
THEA2023 Theatre History III
THEA2014 Speech III
THEA2013 Children’s Play Performance
THEA2039 Clown
GNED Online Only

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
Code Course Name
THEA2007 Acting IV
THEA2043 Vocal Masque
THEA2008 Dance IV
THEA2021 Movement IV
THEA2017 Voice IV
THEA2019 Vocal Music IV
THEA1033 Canadian Play Study
THEA2011 Stage Combat II
THEA2018 Speech IV
THEA2020 Workshop Performance II
THEA2045 Character Mask

SEMESTER 5

semester courses
Code Course Name
THEA3000 Season Prep
THEA3001 Acting V - TEST PIECE
THEA3016 Showcase Performance I
THEA3021 Film Acting I
THEA3004 Movement V
THEA3022 Playwriting I
THEA3006 Vocal Music V
THEA2024 Business of Acting I
THEA3014 Introduction to Alexander Technique
THEA3017 Monologue Study
THEA3018 The Artist as Producer
THEA3019 Auditioning I

SEMESTER 6

semester courses
Code Course Name
THEA3031 Film Acting II
THEA3010 Showcase Performance II
THEA3013 Movement VI
THEA3032 Playwriting II
THEA2025 Business of Acting II
THEA3015 Introduction to Alexander Technique II
THEA3020 Auditioning II

General Education Electives

Career & Postgraduate 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 georgebrown.ca/transferguide

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition

$5,323.00 * ‡

Additional Costs

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.

‡ There will be a $50 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.

International Students

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

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website 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 fee requirements.

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 a recorded audition submission and/or interview *

*All applicants who meet the academic requirements will receive an audition invitation. Due to COVID-19, we are requesting SELF-TAPE auditions for the first time, followed up by a scheduled, online video-conference interview. Auditions take place until the end of October for this year’s January (Winter) start date. Please see below or visit the Theatre Arts program page for information about audition requirements.

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 faculty members. A minimum academic standing plus passing grades in acting must be achieved in order to be promoted to the next semester.

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

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English.

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.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information regarding country specific admission requirements.  

Special Requirements

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants 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.

How to Apply

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

International Students

Visit the How to Apply page for more information on how and when to apply. 

International students should apply through the George Brown College Online Application System.

Student Success

Carys Lewis, 2010 Graduate

"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."

Hear more about Carys' story by watching her video.

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.

International Students

Contact one of our international recruitment representatives specializing by country of origin by either booking a virtual meeting or submitting an inquiry. For more information visit the International Contact Us page

Visit Our Campus

The Theatre Arts – Performance program is located at the Young Centre for Performing Arts in Toronto's Distillery District. The Young Centre is run in partnership with the Soulpepper Theatre Company.

Check out our virtual tour.

Sign up and learn more about your options, our programs, and life at George Brown.

Theatre Arts – Performance Program (P104)

2020-20212021-2022

Compare up to 3 programs

Overview

Program Overview

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 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 almost 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. 

Besides great partnerships with Soulpepper Theatre Company, Tarragon Theatre and Theatre by the Bay, George Brown has run a successful mentorship program for a number of years. In the final year, students will be paired with a successful theatre practitioner. This partnership starts in the students’ final semester and continues for roughly a yearlong period. Mentors will meet with the student at a minimum three times as the student graduates and begins to transition out into the field. This program has been not only a success for the students but mentors have also expressed how great the experience has been and how rewarding it is to be there for the students as they graduate.

2019/2020 SEASON OF PLAYS

Join us for our season of plays at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts! Season to be announced summer of 2019.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Perform in a variety of theatrical contexts by applying acting, movement, and voice techniques as required.
  2. Develop and present strategies for personal, career and professional development within the performing arts industry.
  3. Apply and analyze theatre traditions and current trends from a variety of historical and cultural contexts to enhance personal creativity and theatrical performance.
  4. Investigate and articulate personal reasons for pursuing creative work in the theatre.
  5. Complete all work in compliance with industry standards and policies and professional ethics.
  6. Use entrepreneurial and project planning skills to develop production and administrative aspects of professional theatre.
  7. Perform vocal material – solo and choral – and execute staging and choreography as required by a theatrical performance.
  8. Create and devise original works of theatre individually and collectively to perform in front of an audience.

Courses

Required Courses

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
THEA1001Acting I
THEA1003Dance I
THEA1004Movement I
THEA1006Voice I
THEA1005Vocal Music I
THEA1008Speech I
THEA1013Group Improvisation
THEA1015Contact Improvisation
THEA1028Acting I - Test Piece
THEA1029Storytelling
GHUM1067The History of Western Theatre
COMM1007College English
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
THEA1002Acting II
THEA1010Dance II
THEA1017Movement II
THEA1016Voice II
THEA1009Vocal Music II
GHUM1092Theatre History I
THEA1012Stage Combat I
THEA1014Workshop Performance I - Act Shakespeare
THEA1031Shakespeare Bath
THEA1032Neutral Mask
THEA1018Speech II
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
THEA2001Acting III
THEA2041Acting III Workshop
THEA2004Dance III
THEA2016Movement III
THEA2002Voice III
THEA2009Vocal Music III
THEA2022Theatre History II
THEA2024Business of Acting I
THEA2014Speech III
THEA2013Children’s Play Performance
THEA2039Clown

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
THEA2007Acting IV
THEA2003Television and Film Technique
THEA2008Dance IV
THEA2021Movement IV
THEA2017Voice IV
THEA2019Vocal Music IV
THEA2023Theatre History III
THEA2025Business of Acting II
THEA2011Stage Combat II
THEA2018Speech IV
THEA2020Workshop Performance II
THEA2045Character Mask

SEMESTER 5

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
THEA3000Season Prep
THEA3001Acting V - TEST PIECE
THEA3016Showcase Performance I
THEA3005Dance V
THEA3004Movement V
THEA3003Voice V
THEA3006Vocal Music V
THEA3007Speech V
THEA3014Introduction to Alexander Technique
THEA3017Theatre Ontario Monologue Study
THEA3018The Artist as Producer
THEA3019Auditioning I

SEMESTER 6

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
THEA3011Dance VI
THEA3010Showcase Performance II
THEA3013Movement VI
THEA3008Voice VI
THEA3012Vocal Music VI
THEA3009Speech VI
THEA3015Alexander Technique II
THEA3020Auditioning II

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Career & Postgraduate 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 georgebrown.ca/transferguide

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition

$5,644.00 * ‡

Additional Costs

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2018. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2019 and at later dates.

‡ There will be a $50 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.

International Students

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

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website 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 fee requirements.

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 an in-person audition and/or interview*

*All applicants who meet the academic requirements will receive an audition appointment. Auditions take place in April and May for September start date. There is no January (Winter) start date. Please see below or visit the Theatre Arts program page at georgebrown.ca/performingarts/auditions/ for information about audition requirements.

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 faculty members. A minimum academic standing plus passing grades in acting must be achieved in order to be promoted to the next semester.

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

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English.

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.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information regarding country specific admission requirements.  

Special Requirements

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants 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.

How to Apply

Apply To

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

International Students

Visit the How to Apply page for more information on how and when to apply. 

International students should apply through the George Brown College Online Application System.

Student Success

Carys Lewis, 2010 Graduate

"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."

Hear more about Carys' story by watching her video.

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.

International Students

Contact one of our international recruitment representatives specializing by country of origin by either booking a virtual meeting or submitting an inquiry. For more information visit the International Contact Us page

Visit Our Campus

The Theatre Arts – Performance program is located at the Young Centre for Performing Arts in Toronto's Distillery District. The Young Centre is run in partnership with the Soulpepper Theatre Company.

Check out our virtual tour.

Sign up and learn more about your options, our programs, and life at George Brown.