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Theatre Arts – Performance Programs at Ontario Colleges

What to expect from a career in Theatre Performance

When the curtain drops, actors transform themselves and lead audiences through tales of history, love, pain and happiness – tales that come alive because of the people who perform them. Theatre performance programs at Ontario colleges not only provide the acting training needed to enter the entertainment industry, but also a broad knowledge of all aspects of putting on a theatre production.

If you enjoy being in the spotlight and want to live your dream of becoming a theatre actor and performer, here’s what you need to know. More

Theatre Performance Courses

Ontario college theatre performance programs are comprised of intense rehearsal hours, during which students are taught and coached by industry professionals. A core component of these programs is a full theatre production put on by students at the end of or at multiple times during their schooling.

Courses will focus on a variety of professional techniques, including (but not limited to):

  • Voice and speech
  • Theatre and stage acting
  • Movement and dance
  • Technical production methods
  • Playwriting

Most programs also include courses in on-camera acting, where students learn basic skills for film and television acting, how to create demo reels and how to be comfortable with recorded auditions.

Note: Theatre arts programs can be quite competitive. Pre-arts and general arts and science programs may help you get into a program, or if you’re unsure of what type of arts career you want, these programs can show you your options to help you decide.

General Theatre Performance Program Requirements

Theatre performance programs typically require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, which includes a grade 12 English credit. Auditions and other non-academic requirements are an integral part of the admissions process.

Theatre Performance Jobs and Salaries

Graduates of theatre performance programs at Ontario colleges will have the strong performance techniques, entertainment business knowledge and self-promotion skills needed to find a career on stage or behind the scenes.

Aside from obvious opportunities as performers, producers and playwrights in theatre companies, graduates may also find jobs in television, film, radio, education and more.

Salaries in the theatre industry are hard to predict due to the wide range of jobs and other factors that affect pay. (For example, large theatre companies usually offer higher salaries than small production companies). The average starting salary for program graduates is between $24,000 and $30,000 per year.

Ontario Colleges Offering Theatre Performance Programs

Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of theatre performance programs at Ontario colleges. Less

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Program Title College Campus Availability Program Delivery Start Date Website
Show details Acting for Camera and Voice SENECA SENECA@YORK CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Acting for Camera and Voice


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: ACV
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details Acting for Camera and Voice SENECA SENECA@YORK OPEN Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Acting for Camera and Voice


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: ACV
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details Acting for Camera and Voice SENECA SENECA@YORK OPEN Full Time 2017 - May Visit

Acting for Camera and Voice


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: ACV
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details Dance Performance CENTENNIAL STORY ARTS CENTRE CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Dance Performance


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 6460
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Expressive Arts (accelerated) FLEMING HALIBURTON OPEN Full Time 2017 - Apr Visit

Expressive Arts (accelerated)


  • Program Length: 8 WEEKS
  • Program Code: EXA
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: ACCELERATED
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance SHERIDAN TRAFALGAR (OAKVILLE) CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance


  • Program Length: 4 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: PBAMT
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: DEGREE
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
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Show details Music Theatre - Performance ST. LAWRENCE BROCKVILLE CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Music Theatre - Performance


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 1012
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Music Theatre-Performance ST. CLAIR MAIN CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Music Theatre-Performance


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: A887
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details Performing Arts ALGONQUIN WOODROFFE CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Performing Arts


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 1409X01F
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Performing Arts - Preparation SHERIDAN TRAFALGAR (OAKVILLE) CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Performing Arts - Preparation


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: PPAPN
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Theatre and Drama Studies (Bachelor of Arts) SHERIDAN TRAFALGAR (OAKVILLE) CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Theatre and Drama Studies (Bachelor of Arts)


  • Program Length: 4 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: PTADS
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: COLLABORATIVE
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Theatre Arts - Acting for Stage and Screen CANADORE COMMERCE COURT CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Theatre Arts - Acting for Stage and Screen


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 010121
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Theatre Arts - Performance FANSHAWE LONDON - DOWNTOWN CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Theatre Arts - Performance


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: THP2
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

This Program Is Offered At The Centre For Digital And Performance Arts In Downtown London.

Show details Theatre Arts - Performance GEORGE BROWN DISTILLERY DISTRICT CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Theatre Arts - Performance


  • Program Length: 6 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: P104
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Theatre Arts and Performance CENTENNIAL STORY ARTS CENTRE CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Theatre Arts and Performance


  • Program Length: 6 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 6470
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Theatre Performance HUMBER LAKESHORE CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Theatre Performance


  • Program Length: 6 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 04881
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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