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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
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 auditions, you must apply to the university by mid-December. For May auditions, you must apply to the university by March 31. You can apply on-line at our website www.capilanou.ca. 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.
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:
Two audition pieces as outlined in the audition requirements (PDF links above). Acting for Stage and Screen applicants require two monologues 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: email@example.com 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 four productions per 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.
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