Develop a clear sense of your own theatrical identity as you train to become an adaptable performer, grounded in a full range of acting for contemporary theatre. Our program offers room to be artistically daring as you create your own work.
First, you’ll acquire a broad theatre base, building a creative vocabulary for collaborative projects. Then, you’ll take courses in movement, voice, and character. As you progress and your skill base grows, you’ll focus on specialty performance and advanced techniques, such as Elizabethan text, Chinese opera, or stage combat.
Finally, you’ll have the opportunity to gain performance experience. Many students elect to complete a supervised internship in the field.
By the end of the program, you will be at ease with multiple theatrical styles, with profound knowledge of theatre performance that you can apply directly to the stage.
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: