The Acting Program at Studio 58 is a three year, full-time course for those who want a career as a professional actor in theatre and the other performing arts.
At Studio 58, you will be taught by some of the top designers and technicians in Canada, and exposed to some of the best directors in the industry.
Students dive into the fundamentals of acting for three terms, taught by specialists in all areas: Scene Study, Improvisation, Modern and Classical Text, Voice, Speech, Choir, Singing, Mask, Movement, Alignment, Period Dance, Tap, Writing, One-Person Shows, and Theatre Fundamentals. Through these classes they unleash their artistic and aesthetic talents.
Students gain from small group size, so that the faculty can continuously observe and assess their progress while lending crucial individual support and attention at the right time.
We teach you how to:
- Develop your character vocally and physically
- understand your script and your director
- communicate effectively as an actor
- develop your voice and body as tools of expression
- develop a rehearsal process
- expand your range as an actor
- audition for film, television and theatre
- perform on film and television as well as on stage
- make your own creative contribution to the theatre process
- market yourself as a theatre artist
Students in these first three terms support the productions through crew work that tends to fill up their schedules. By maintaining a close relationship to each production, students gain considerable familiarity and ease with all elements of the theatre, and often find marketable new skills as a result.
In the final three terms, students focus on practical on-stage experience in rehearsals and public performance. We present four fully-produced plays per year, which run for two to three weeks, as well as two indie-style projects.
Within the vibrant theatre community of Vancouver, there are sometimes opportunities for our senior students while still in school. These students will get a chance to work as actors in professional productions as part of their practicum.
You will be taught by some of the top designers and technicians in Canada, and exposed to some of the best directors in the industry. By the time you graduate, your work will have already been seen by many of the people who can give you jobs.
More than 90% of our graduates find professional work in the theatre or the related arts within six months of graduating.
Demands of the Program
Caution! Plenty of hard work!
An average day begins at 8:30 AM and winds down around 9 PM. The daily routine is filled with classes, crew calls, rehearsals and the evening performances of our public shows. You will also work into the weekends.
Our programs are intensive, and we insist on high standards. We urge all our students to plan their finances carefully as there is little time for outside work.