Train to become a versatile actor with a rich diversity of skills, ready to take on a wide range of roles and theatrical styles.
Begin by acquiring core acting skills such as text interpretation (scene and monologue work), movement, voice and presence, characterization, and ensemble work. At the same time, grow into a well-rounded theatre artist by studying dramaturgy/script analysis, collaborative methods, theatre history and theory, and scenographic design fundamentals.
As you move through the program, explore more advanced techniques and specialty skills, such as stage combat, theatrical Biomechanics, Viewpoints, singing, dialects, audition and camera, among others. Progress from acting styles rooted in psychological realism to range-expanding techniques based in psychophysical and non-realistic approaches. Apply your growing skillset by performing in productions of plays by great contemporary playwrights and iconic writers from the past. You’ll also opportunities to create and perform original work.
Throughout your degree, gain exposure to the professional theatre scene in Montreal and beyond. You may do a supervised internship with an organization such as the Segal Centre, the Centaur Theatre, Geordie Theatre, and Bread and Puppet Theater. You may also have the chance to participate in an international exchange program or field schools; recent opportunities have included programs in Chinese opera in Beijing, and post-dramatic theatre in Germany.
By the end of the program, you’ll emerge with a clear sense of your own theatrical identity. You’ll know what kind of work you want to do and what kind of stories you’re inspired to tell, and you’ll have the confidence, abilities, and artistic daring to step into a professional career.
Following the review of your application, short-listed applicants may be asked to submit follow-up video assignments and/or be invited to a Skype interview.
Check program availability as late applications will continue to be accepted for certain programs for an undetermined amount of time.
Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.
We consider complete applications year round and we give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines. Late applications will be considered if places are still availablefor the fall term only.
Either recently created or completely renovated, our performance spaces encourage creativity. You will rehearse in smart rooms that look out over the city, perform in theatres with beautiful acoustics and great sightlines, and build sets and props in incredible workshops. It’s hard to imagine what we can't do in these facilities:
Multiple performance spaces, from the large, refurbished D.B. Clarke Theatre and Loyola’s F.C. Smith Auditorium, to the Cazalet Studio, our intimate black box space
Four acting studios with sprung floors and contemporary projection and integrated sound systems (two also have lighting grids)
Two design classrooms and a lighting lab
A costume shop, plus costume storage space and a dye lab
A fully equipped scene construction shop and prop storage
Throughout your degree, you will participate in class projects, departmental productions, and student-led shows. You may also apply your talents in professional and extracurricular opportunities where you might. Performance opportunities in the Department include:
At least four mainstage shows each year
A number of smaller studio performances in our black box spaces
Our student-led short works festival
Scene and short play performances connected with each semester’s Directing classes
Many in-class performances and public showings
Special projects led by graduate students and Concordia artist-researchers
Cabaret nights hosted by the Concordia Association of Students in Theatre (CAST)
As a Concordia ACTT graduate, you’ll be joining an extensive, proud network of our alumni, many of whom have gone on to work with exciting theatre companies in Canada and around the world, and in film, television, and web series.
The ACTT program provides an excellent basis for advanced studies at the graduate level. Many of our students have been accepted (and, in several cases, scholarshipped) into Master’s programs in Acting at such notable institutions as New York University, University of Southern California, University of Washington, Naropa University, University of Iowa, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, among others.
The program encourages the development of autonomous thinkers and theatre-makers, with the ability to create their own work, and many students go on to form their own theatre companies. Many of Montreal’s English language theatre companies are helmed by Concordia alumni.
Our graduates possess an excellent foundation for any career – in theatre or beyond – in which presence, confidence, communication, and collaboration are integral. For example: