What makes Studio 58's Acting Program unique:
- Small group sizes & individualized training, so that faculty can continuously observe and assess student progress while lending crucial support and attention
- You will be taught by some of the top theatre artists in Canada, and exposed to some of the best directors in the industry
- Prepare to join the industry by gaining hands-on, practical experience in all aspects on-stage and behind
- Over 90% of our graduates find professional work in the theatre or the related arts within six months of graduating
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 film/TV. 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, Physical Theatre, Movement, Tap Dance, Writing, and Theatre Fundamentals.
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
- Expand your range as an actor
- Audition for film, television and theatre
- Perform for film and television as well as on stage
- Create and write your own theatrical work
- Market yourself as a theatre artist
Students in the first three terms support the productions through crew work (costume & set construction, hanging lights, sourcing props, painting etc.) that tends to fill up their schedules. By maintaining a close relationship with 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 a practicum.
Studio 58 operates an intensive, conservatory-style schedule. 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. Rehearsals, crew calls, and performances take place on the weekends.