Festival Players Academy for Young Actor Training

marquee-academy-blankThe Festival Players Academy for Young Actor Training
Academy Director: Bruce Dow

July 9 – 22, 2018 – Prince Edward County

The Festival Players Academy for Young Actor Training is a two-week, professionally focused training program for those aged 17 to 24 with preference given to those enrolled in, or currently attending a College/University level professional theatre training program. If you are a High School grad who will be attending school in the fall, or if you are in the middle of a College/University program – this is for you.

This intensive program will focus on acting, voice, speech, movement, scene study and text work examined through the lens of Shakespeare’s plays. It is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn from some of Canada’s top actors and instructors in an intensive, small-class format, in one of Ontario’s most vibrant creative communities.

The Academy Director is Bruce Dow (Broadway/Toronto/Stratford award winning actor), who will provide intensive personal training in a professional environment. Training will be enhanced by Master Classes from Guest Instructors from the Festival Players’ company, including Artistic Director Graham Abbey. You will come away from this intensive workshop with more confidence, self-esteem and the experience of having worked with professional theatre artists, in an environment that will help you build your skills in the performing arts.

There is no cost to participate in the program, and financial assistance is available for participants for whom lost wages or travel cost would be a barrier to participation.


Festival Players Studio – 310-312 Main Street, Wellington ON

Wellington is a vibrant creative village on Lake Ontario in Prince Edward County, approximately 2 hours East of Toronto, 2.5 hours West of Ottawa, and 30 mins South of Belleville. Prince Edward County is home to the white sand beaches of Sandbanks Provincial Park, more than 40 wineries, and has one of the highest rates of artist residents in Ontario.


The Academy will run Monday July 9th to Sunday July 22nd

A typical day will include classes, workshops and rehearsals from 10:00 am – 6:00pm

On Saturday July 21st and Sunday July 22nd, the participants will present a culminating performance at the Festival Players Studio

On Sunday July 22nd, the participants will participate in a group debrief and individual meetings with the Academy Director

Application Details

Festival Players welcomes applications from emerging actors who meet the following criteria:

  • Between the ages of 17-24
  • Have some previous acting training/experience through school, conservatory programs or community groups
  • Preferably enrolled in or about to start post-secondary training in performance and/or have professional aspirations for a career in theatre
  • While all emerging actors from Ontario are encouraged to apply, priority will be given to participants who reside in/have roots in Prince Edward County/South Eastern Ontario.

Festival Players welcomes and encourages applications from the following priority groups: Artists from Eastern Ontario, Indigenous Artists, Diverse Artists, Deaf/Disabled Artists, and Artists requiring financial assistance. The Academy is an LGBTQ+ positive space, and the rehearsal/performance facilities are accessible spaces. All participants will be required to sign and adhere to a Code of Conduct. Please contact Festival Players at 613-476-1991 or by email at samantha@festivalplayers.ca if you require accommodations in the application or interview process.

To apply, complete the online application form found below.

Please have a photograph and acting resume ready before you begin your application. (Professional headshots are not required)

A $15 processing fee will be charged for each application

The training is offered FREE to selected participants. Festival Players will work with our network of supporters to facilitate accommodations for participants from outside the region. Festival Players offers financial aid for participants who require it to assist with the cost of travel and/or lost wages that come with participation in this program. The opportunity to apply for financial aid is included in the application form. Bursary amounts range from $200-$1000.

Application deadline is Friday April 13th, but auditions will be booked on an ongoing basis – applicants are encouraged to apply at your earliest convenience.

Auditions will be booked between April 13th and May 4th. Audition locations may include Wellington, ON, Kingston, Belleville, Ottawa and Toronto.

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