• Musical Theatre, Acting for Stage and Screen and Technical Theatre diploma programs applications are now open for Fall 2018! Please click "how to apply" for detailed information and support with your application. All 2018 applicants will be contacted. Stay tuned! 

    The Theatre department and its production company are committed to inspire bold, passionate and dedicated exploration of the art of performance and entertainment technology. We embrace the values of collaboration, discovery and the pursuit of excellence through practical skills taught in a variety of professional environments. Our highest aim is to graduate dedicated and ethical artists who will contribute positively to the Canadian and global entertainment industries.

    Auditions for the Musical Theatre and Acting for Stage and Screen Programs and Interviews for the Technical Theatre and Costuming for Stage and Screen Programs

    Applications are accepted year round for our programs. We hold early auditions in February and May for entry into the programs which begin in September.

    For February and May auditions, please apply to the university as soon as possible. You can apply online at On the application form, you may select the programs you wish to apply for. Please download the audition requirements below.

        An applicant may audition or apply for the Theatre Department in Acting for Stage and Screen, Musical Theatre or Technical Theatre, up to and including three times before the Theatre Department has a right to refuse an audition.

        Distance Auditions

        While it is highly recommended that you audition in person, the Theatre department at Capilano University will accept digital (such as You Tube) audition submissions.

        Your video audition submission should include:

        A short time in front of the camera answering the following questions:

        1. What steps do you think you will take to achieve your career goal?
        2. What is your best and most personal memory from childhood?
        3. What are you curious about outside of acting or performance?
        4. Are there any restrictions which would affect your physical development?
        5. When you are in a stress filled situation, what happens to you and how do you cope?
        6. What makes you interested in training at Capilano University and how did you find us?

        Audition pieces as outlined in the audition requirements (PDF links above). 
        Acting for Stage and Screen applicants require one monologue while Musical Theatre applicants require a monologue and a song. Live accompaniment should be used for your song.

        Musical Theatre applicants must also submit a dance video. Applicants must include a demonstration of: Chainés, Pirouettes and Battements. They must also include Timesteps or any demonstrable tap steps or percussive dance (irish, clogging, flamenco, body percussion, etc…) A short dance piece not more than 30 seconds long showcasing the applicant's ability to convey story, character and emotion through movement - any style, any discipline.

        Be sure to illustrate any special skills you may have.

        Submit DVDs to (please note DVDs will not be returned):
        School of Performing Arts
        Capilano University
        2055 Purcell Way
        North Vancouver, BC V7J 3H5

        Submit You Tube auditions to: quoting the exact URL link for your audition


        Classes are held in both the Arbutus Studio and the BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts, which houses the Theatre department's season of plays. The theatre is complete with rehearsal hall, technical workshops, state-of-the-art equipment, a fly-tower and a 378-seat house. Theatre students enjoy exceptional access to these facilities and assist in running the theatres in a hands-on, educational experience.


        Students are given the opportunity to work on Theatre department productions as well as work in various student films through the Professional Film Studies department. Each year the Theatre department mounts full-scale productions in the 378-seat BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts, as well as in its well-equipped and flexible Studio Theatre. Directors include experienced faculty, renowned guest artists and directing students in the program. The Theatre department produces productions each year in which students work in settings simulating professional conditions. The goal is to foster professional discipline and to provide opportunities for students to practice skills learned in the classroom.