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.


Program name
Theatre Arts – Performance
3 years (6 semesters)
Starting month
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Method of study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 N/A
May 2021 N/A
International students
Sept. 2020 Closed
Jan. 2021 N/A
May 2021 N/A

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.

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Part Time Study Options

Please note this program does not have a part time study option.

Program Standards and 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.

Required Courses


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
GHUM1067The History of Western Theatre
COMM1007College English
GNEDGeneral Education Elective


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 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


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 courses
CodeCourse Name
THEA3000Season Prep
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 courses
CodeCourse Name
THEA3011Dance VI
THEA3010Showcase Performance II
THEA3013Movement VI
THEA3008Voice VI
THEA3012Vocal Music VI
THEA3009Speech VI
THEA3015Introduction to Alexander Technique II
THEA3020Auditioning II

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

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.

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Future Study Options

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$5,323.00 * ‡

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 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.

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.

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 for information about audition requirements.


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 for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

Special Requirements


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


  • 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.


  • The song can be from any repertoire.
  • You will be singing without accompaniment.

Success Stories

"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

School of Media and Performing Arts

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2167


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.

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.

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