Where to study theatre: Training schools and classes for kids and teens in Montreal

Our listing of schools & training institutions with registrations open this fall 2018


Looking to get your child involved in theatre this upcoming season? From after-school and weekend courses to conservatory style programs, there are several educational institutions in Montreal offering quality training for young performers of all ages and levels. Here’s our listing of professional facilities with registration open for the 2018 fall session.


Segal Academy

The Segal Centre Academy is a professionally staffed educational facility at the Segal Centre that offers high-calibre performing arts courses and workshops for children and young adults. The Academy nurtures creativity, collaboration and talent in drama, musical theatre, music, and dance.

  • Programs offered: After school programs include “Broadway Stars” (grades 2-8), “YAYA – Young Actors for Young Audiences” (grades 2-11), “Broadway and Beyond” (grades 7-11), and “Acting Out” (grades 4-8). Day/week camps are also offered throughout the year (Ped Day, Passover, Spring Break, Summer camp)
  • Next session: October 22nd, 2018 – May 2019
  • Locations: Segal Centre for Performing Arts (5170 Côte-Ste-Catherine, Montreal, H3W 1M7) and the Hebrew Foundation School (2 Rue Hope, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, H9A 2K2)
  • Info & Registration: Liana Wiener, Director of the Academy at lwiener@segalcentre.org | (514) 739-2301 x8331 | www.segalcentre.org

NTS – National Theatre School of Canada

NTS’ youth programs are inspired by the rigour and excellence of NTS’ core professional training programs. They cover various theatre professions, with workshops in voice, listening, movement, text analysis, scenography, costume design and stage management. Intensives happen during school breaks, and weekend classes are year-round. Classes are led by Canada’s leading theatre professionals.

  • Programs offered: Interactive Workshops in Acting and Playwriting (ages 15-17)
  • Next session: September 30 – December 9, 2018
  • Location: 5030 St Denis Street, Montreal, H2J 2L8
  • Info & Registration: Maude Levasseur, Youth Program Manager, maudelevasseur@ent-nts.ca | (514) 842-7954 | https://ent-nts.ca/en

Geordie Theatre School

At Geordie Theatre School (GTS), children and teens have the opportunity to build a solid foundation in acting by learning the craft from some of Geordie’s favorite theatre professionals who are passionate about teaching the next generation. Students are provided with a memorable experience that will help to increase their confidence, creativity and craft, as well as further nurture their love for the theatre.

  • Programs offered: Public Classes available for juniors (ages 6-12) and teens (ages 13-17); After School Classes offered for grades 1-6
  • Next sessions: Fall 2018 (September-December) and Winter 2019 (January-May)
  • Locations: Greene Centre, F.A.C.E. School, and Pierre Elliot Trudeau Elementary School in Rosemont
  • Info & Registration: Jessica Abdallah, GTS Director at jessica@geordie.ca | (514) 845-9810 | www.geordie.ca

Teen Tour Theatre

Montreal’s original Teen Touring Theatre school offers acting classes for children, teens, and young adults at all levels (beginner to professional). Workshop programs include Auditioning for TV and Film, Theatre, Musical Theatre, Directing, Improvisation, Stage Combat and more.

  • Programs offered: Junior Classes (ages 7-12), Junior Tour (ages 12-17), and Senior Tour (ages 16-22). Private coaching and specialty workshop programs are also available for students pursuing professional careers.
  • Next session: September 2018 – Early Spring 2019
  • Location: Wesley United Church, 5964 Avenue Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Montreal, H4A 1N1
  • Info & Registration: Aviva Wolman-Wener at avivattt@videotron.ca | (514) 626-9409 | www.teentourtheatre.com

Roper Theatre Academy

Roper Theatre Academy has grown out of a desire to make English-language theatre instruction more accessible to Montreal South Shore youth and children. Its mission is to provide a structured and nurturing environment for participants, guiding them in their pursuit of the dramatic arts.

  • Programs offered: Preschool Theatre (ages 3-4), Mini Theatre (ages 5-7), Acting 101 (ages 11-14), Acting for TV & Film (ages 12+), Improv (ages 8-12), Junior Theatre Workshop (ages 8-11)
    • Musical Theatre Programs: Intro to Musical Theatre (ages 6-8), Junior Musical Theatre (ages 8-11), Teen Musical Theatre (ages 12+), Broadway Singers (ages 11-14), Broadway Dancers (ages 11-14)
  • Next session: September – December 2018
  • Location: 228 rue Sainte-Marie, La Prairie J5R 0G1
  • Info & Registration: ropertheatre@yahoo.com | (514) 730-2305 | www.ropertheatreacademy.com

Broadway Academy

Broadway Academy Westmount offers multiple courses and workshops specializing in music and musical theatre performance at the basic, advanced, and professional levels. In addition to providing conservatory style programs, the academy hosts workshops and masterclasses with guest artists performing on Broadway and in touring productions of New York musicals.

  • Programs offered: Broadway Mini/Initiation (ages 3-6), Broadway Steps (ages 7-9), Let’s Go Broadway (ages 10-14), and Broadway Wings (ages 15+). Special programs in dance, voice, acting, music theory, and audition techniques are also offered. Private instruction available.
  • Next session: begins September 2018
  • Location: Broadway Academy, 4055 Sainte-Catherine Street West #125, Westmount, H3Z 3J8
  • Info & Registration: Martina Oslejskova at info@broadway-academy.com | 514-433-3366 | www.broadway-academy.com

Overture with the Arts

Overture with the Arts is a non-profit organization based in the West Island of Montreal offering education in music, dance, drama and vocal training. OWTA’s free and low-cost programs enable young people to pursue their passion in the performing arts at accessible rates. In addition to receiving hands-on training in the fundamentals of theatre, students learn about artistic expression, build confidence, and make new friends as they practice, play, and perform in a positive and dynamic rehearsal setting.

  • Programs offered: “Broadway Bound” after school musical theatre program (ages 7-18)
  • Next session: September 26, 2018 – May 4, 2019
  • Location: Riverdale High School, 5060 Sources Boulevard, Pierrefonds, H8Y 3E4
  • Info & Registration: Akilah Newton at akilah@owta.org | (514) 889-8678 | www.owta.org

Rising Stars Jr.

Originating from Vancouver, B.C., Rising Stars Jr. Acting Conservatory is moving to Montreal’s West Island in August 2017! Classes provide a fun, safe and educational space for youth to explore their inner performers at any skill level. Graduates of the conservatory style “Broadway Bound” 36-week program obtain a completion certificate and the skills and knowledge to work as paid performers in the industry.

  • Programs offered: Broadway Bound (ages 8-24), Bright Lights (ages 4-15+), and Movie Magic (ages 10-15)
  • Next session: begins September 2018
  • Location: Rehearsal space will be announced 2 weeks before the start of class. All rehearsals will take place on the West Island in either Dorval or Pointe Claire.
  • Info & Registrationrisingstarsjr@gmail.com | 1 (778) 994-7633 | www.risingstarsjr.com

Stagecoach West Island

Stagecoach West Island provides quality part-time training in the performing arts for children aged 4-16 years old. Its aim is to nurture an develop young potential through singing, acting and dance classes in the West Island, stretching young imaginations and building confidence.

  • Courses offered: Early Stages (ages 4-6) and Main Stages (ages 6-16)
  • Next session: September 22 – December 1, 2018
  • Location: Beaconsfield Unified Church, 202 Woodside Road, Beaconsfield, H9W 2N9
  • Info & Registration: Principal Johanne Hudon-Armstrong at westisland@stagecoachschools.ca | (514) 827 9412 | www.stagecoachschools.ca

Pegasus Performing Arts – Theatre West

Theatre West has earned a 25 year reputation in the theatre community of Montreal as a proven leader in developing better focus and concentration among its young performers. Inspiring an imaginative and interactive creative community to evolve, it aspires to create a safe place for everyone to play in.

  • Courses offered: Youth (ages 8-13) and Teens (ages 13-17)
  • Next session: September 22, 2019 – January 19, 2019
  • Location: Valois United Church, 70 Avenue Belmont, Pointe-Claire, H9R 2N5
  • Info & Registrationtheatrewest.ca@gmail.com | (514) 629-9558 | www.theatrewest.ca

MTL Acting

Professional performing arts training for children & teens with certified teacher and theatre artist, Julia Ainsworth (B.ED, B.F.A). Students are engaged in the creative process from rehearsal to production, and supported to develop self-confidence, personal expression and technical skills in performing arts.

  • Programs offered: Kids (ages 8-12) and Teens (ages 13-16)
  • Next session: September – December 2018
  • Location: Les Studios Accento, 6889 Blvd St. Laurent (2nd floor) and Studio l’équilibre en movement, 1208 Avenue Van Horne 
  • Info & Registration: Julia Ainsworth at info@juliainsworth.com | (514) 346-0354 | www.juliainsworth.com

Montreal Children’s Theatre

Over 10,000 Montrealers have attended classes at The Children’s Theatre since the school was founded in 1933 by Montreal legends Dorothy Davis and Violet Walters. The curriculum focuses on raising students’ level of self-confidence, employing techniques that bring out creativity and personality in young people.

  • Programs offered: Young Drama Program (ages 4-6), Foundations in Acting (ages 8-12), Jr. Musical Theatre (ages 7-11), Sr. Musical Theatre (ages 12-17), and Sr. Starlight Players (classes for teens & young adults with autism or social challenges)
  • Next session: begins September 2018
  • Location6225 Godfrey Ave, Montreal, H4B 1K3
  • Info & Registration: registration@childrens-theatre.ca | (514) 484-6620 | www.childrens-theatre.ca

M.S.O.P.A.

Serving Montreal’s Acting community for 25 years, M.S.O.P.A offers serious training in a safe, fun, and challenging environment, developing a craft that allows students to be truthful, emotionally alive and that helps them find the courage to express their thoughts. Students leave this workshop with an increased sense of self-esteem and confidence, as well as a growing love for the performing arts.

  • Programs offered: Children (ages 5-11) and Teens (ages 12-15)
  • Location: Centre Greene, 1090 Green Avenue, Westmount
  • Info & Registrationinfo@msopa.com | (514) 483-5526 | www.msopa.com

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