Place des Arts’ progressive Theatre Arts program for children and teens offers outstanding performance training for theatre, TV and film.

Our program offers introductory and intermediate-level classes that build the fundamental skills necessary to prepare students for our Coquitlam Youth Theatre and Summer Teen Theatre Troupe performance-training programs. Our On-camera Acting classes give students the skills to create realistic and compelling performances for the lens.

View and download our complete 2019/2020 Annual Program Guide
(Please note: Our Program Guide is accurate at the time of printing. Changes sometimes occur over the season; therefore, for the most up-to-date information, please refer to the class descriptions on the website.)

Coquitlam Youth Theatre (CYT)

Our Coquitlam Youth Theatre Company is a by-audition, performance-based company for ages 10-17 in which students work with professional theatre directors and designers. Company members perform in two productions for the public each season. Each week, company members hone skills of acting, singing and dancing in the technique class, and develop performance skills and rehearse the plays in the rehearsal class.

Summer Teen Theatre Troupe

Our Summer Teen Theatre Troupe is a by-audition, performance-based company for ages 15-18. Each summer, the cast works with a professional theatre director, stage manager and designers to produce a play and perform it for free to the public at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park Plaza.

2019 Performances

The 2019 Summer Teen Theatre Troupe presents The Windsinger, a family-friendly adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, at the TD Community Plaza at Town Centre Park in July. Admission is free!

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Program Type?

All
Private Lesson
Group Classes
Drop-in
Summer Classes

Acting

7 – 9 years

Adult Musical Theatre

18+ years

Coquitlam Youth Theatre

10 – 17 years

Musical Theatre I

Classes with Erin Michell

5 – 6 years

Musical Theatre I

Classes with Joanna Kovats

5 – 6 years

Musical Theatre II

Classes with Erin Michell

7 – 9 years

Musical Theatre III

10 – 13 years

On-Camera Acting

7 – 10 years

On-Camera Acting

11 – 14 years

Private Acting, Musical Theatre or Speech Arts Coaching

all ages

Speech Arts and Drama

6 – 8 years

Speech Arts and Drama

Classes with Scarlett Bruns

9 – 12 years

Tiny Musical Theatre

4 – 5 years

Program Overview

Learn to act! Through improvisation, scene study and various drama exercises and games, learn to express yourself freely and confidently. Develop your performance skills while exploring new acting techniques and styles. You?ll be challenged to think creatively and spontaneously to create a performance piece for family and friends on the last day of class.

Teacher

Joanna Kovats

Joanna Kovats

Tiny Musical Theatre, Musical Theatre I/III and Acting

A Musical Theatre performer for over 25 years, singing, dancing, and acting have been Joanna’s life passions. She started dancing at a very young age, completing all the examinations in Ballet, Tap and Modern dance with the British Association of Teachers of Dance in the UK. Joanna successfully completed a teaching diploma in Ballet, Tap and Modern dance before setting off on a professional career on the stage that enabled her to travel the world.

Performing in dance reviews and musicals in England, Germany, Spain, Japan and Canada, Joanna’s knowledge of the performing arts is extensive. Now a proud member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association in the Classical Ballet, Tap and Jazz divisions, Joanna is thrilled to become a part of the Place des Arts community, sharing her passion for dance and theatre with her students!

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Program Overview

Open to all levels, learn the  fundamental skills of singing, dancing and acting in an encouraging  environment. You’ll be introduced to warming up, important terms and etiquette,  vocal and movement exploration and storytelling. Performance in the year-end dance recital is optional.

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Shelby Simmons

Shelby Simmons

Dance Sampler, Jazz I, Tap, Adult Tap, Adult Musical Theatre

Dance Bio

Shelby was born with toes tapping! She started dance classes at the age of three and has since had the opportunity to compete and perform with a range of groups over the years. Specializing in tap and musical theatre, Shelby is also trained in jazz, contemporary, street jazz and hip hop.

Shelby has taught recreational to competitive classes in various settings including at the Vancouver Tap Dance Society and numerous public schools. Her training is continuous, and she emphasizes emoting through the dance form in her classes. She is a performer with the non-profit organization Groove Force Productions and will be performing in their upcoming performance Coming Home in December 2018.

Theatre Arts Bio

Shelby has been a passionate and active participant in theatre since she can remember. Starting classes at the age of six, she has been a part of many projects including acting in musicals, one act plays and spoken word performances.

Shelby has experience teaching in multiple settings from competitive to recreational environments including in public schools and for community theatre. Her most recent project involved helping write and direct an original piece of theatre titled Little Black Box that Port Moody Secondary School students performed at MetFest, a district wide theatre festival. She is currently excited to be working on The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Port Moody Secondary as the choreographer and director.

Shelby’s training is continuous through workshops involving improvisation, clowning, flocking, puppetry, musical theatre, tap, hip hop and jazz. She also has Viewpoints Training.

Shelby has her Special Education Assistant Certificate and is qualified to teach students with a wide range of ability and needs. She is excited to merge her passions for education, theatre and dance at Place des Arts and is determined to help students feel accomplished in their classes through a fun approach with constructive guidance.

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Classes

23659

MON • Sep 9 - Jun 15 • 8:00PM - 9:00PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$9/class + applicable fees

Program Overview

Be part of a performance-based youth theatre company, and work with a professional theatre director, master theatre artists and designers! Based out of Place des Arts, the Coquitlam Youth Theatre Company will hone skills of acting, singing and dancing and present two productions in the 2019/20 season. All members of the company will perform in the winter and spring productions.

The winter production will go on tour in late January to local elementary and middle schools. The spring production will be presented on stage at the Inlet Theatre, Port Moody in June.

2019/20 Productions

Winter: The Jungle Book
Spring: Oh, What a Lovely War

Auditions & Information

Open audition for entrance into the 2019/2020 Coquitlam Youth Theatre will take place on Saturday June 8, 2019. Please contact our Sr. Fine and Performing Arts Programmer at 604.664.1636 ext. 33 for more information or to schedule an audition.

Program Fee

$889 per student from Sep 13 – Jun 1. Includes two productions.

Production Fee

A $360 Production Fee is payable in full at the time of enrolment and is non-refundable. The production fee is used to offset the production costs (such as costumes, sets, props, venue rental, royalties and scripts, transportation, tech fees, designers) of the theatre productions.

Teacher

Seamus Fera

Seamus Fera

Coquitlam Youth Theatre

Seamus Fera is an emerging Vancouver-based theatre artist and Artistic Producer of Indigo Child Productions. Seamus is a recent University of British Columbia BFA graduate and hopes to focus on creating new Canadian works that are engaging and reflective of modern society and current Literary Manager for Western Gold Theatre. Since 2011, Seamus has been a youth theatre instructor for various organizations throughout the Lower Mainland.

Selected acting credits include: The Figure (The Ocean– Pull Festival 8), Robert/De Stogumber (Saint Joan– Promethean Theatre), Jay (Generation Hot: Waterborne– The Only Animal) and roles in Lone Star, Love and Information Edward II, and The Safe Word with Theatre@UBC . Directing credits include Bare (Eternal Theatre Collective), The Secret in the Wings (Killarney Theatre), The Chrysalids and Our Town (Coquitlam Youth Theatre) and MilkMilkLemonade (Awkward Stage Productions) and Assistant/Co-Directing credits include Peter Pan (Arts Umbrella), Dear Edwina Jr. (Coquitlam Youth Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Theatre Temp), Charles III (Arts Club Theatre), Taken at Midnight and The Imaginary Invalid (The United Players of Vancouver).

When not acting, directing or teaching, Seamus can be found writing. His play Gale: The Yellow Bricks of Oz was produced by Coquitlam Youth Theatre and previously at Vancouver Technical Secondary School. He has also written Alice: A Wonderland and Genesis: Genesis. He is currently developing an original play, The Wives, which received public readings at UBC and Sup: A Reading Series. Seamus has abridged various classical plays that have been produced by Arts Umbrella’s Pre-Professional Training Program and at Carousel Theatre for Young People’s Teen Shakespeare Program.

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Classes

23703

SAT • Sep 14 - Jun 6 • 12:00PM - 3:30PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$889

Program Overview

Sing, dance and act in this  lively class. Through games and exercises, you’ll be introduced to warming up,  important terms and etiquette, vocal exploration, coordination and  storytelling. Combine your skills in a short musical theatre piece and perform  it at the end of the session for family and friends.

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Erin Michell

Erin Michell

Musical Theatre I/II

Erin is a performing artist specializing in choreography, storytelling, acting and musical theatre. She is also a playwright with her first play being produced and performed in the Spring of 2020. Erin has been teaching dance, musical theatre and drama for over ten years in Victoria and Vancouver. She is passionate about sharing the creative process of performing for all ages. Recent directorial/choreography credits for stage include The Jungle Book, Seussical The Musical and Honk Jr (StageNewWest). Recent film credits include #ThisisAna – Ep 109 (webseries), Lift A Finger (music video) and We Could Be In Love (music video). She is a graduate of The Canadian College of Performing Arts.

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Program Overview

Sing, dance and act in this  lively class. Through games and exercises, you’ll be introduced to warming up,  important terms and etiquette, vocal exploration, coordination and  storytelling. Combine your skills in a short musical theatre piece and perform  it at the end of the session for family and friends.

Teacher

Joanna Kovats

Joanna Kovats

Tiny Musical Theatre, Musical Theatre I/III and Acting

A Musical Theatre performer for over 25 years, singing, dancing, and acting have been Joanna’s life passions. She started dancing at a very young age, completing all the examinations in Ballet, Tap and Modern dance with the British Association of Teachers of Dance in the UK. Joanna successfully completed a teaching diploma in Ballet, Tap and Modern dance before setting off on a professional career on the stage that enabled her to travel the world.

Performing in dance reviews and musicals in England, Germany, Spain, Japan and Canada, Joanna’s knowledge of the performing arts is extensive. Now a proud member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association in the Classical Ballet, Tap and Jazz divisions, Joanna is thrilled to become a part of the Place des Arts community, sharing her passion for dance and theatre with her students!

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Program Overview

In a fun and energetic atmosphere, you’ll practice musical theatre skills of singing, dancing and acting through games and exercises. Using popular musical theatre material and routines, experience what it takes to be a Broadway triple threat! Combine your skills in a short musical theatre piece and perform it at the end of the session for family and friends.

Teacher

Erin Michell

Erin Michell

Musical Theatre I/II

Erin is a performing artist specializing in choreography, storytelling, acting and musical theatre. She is also a playwright with her first play being produced and performed in the Spring of 2020. Erin has been teaching dance, musical theatre and drama for over ten years in Victoria and Vancouver. She is passionate about sharing the creative process of performing for all ages. Recent directorial/choreography credits for stage include The Jungle Book, Seussical The Musical and Honk Jr (StageNewWest). Recent film credits include #ThisisAna – Ep 109 (webseries), Lift A Finger (music video) and We Could Be In Love (music video). She is a graduate of The Canadian College of Performing Arts.

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Program Overview

Study the skills of singing,  dancing and acting and then learn how to put them all together. Play theatre  games, learn lines and lyrics and then combine your skills in a short musical  theatre piece and perform it at the end of the session for family and friends.

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Joanna Kovats

Joanna Kovats

Tiny Musical Theatre, Musical Theatre I/III and Acting

A Musical Theatre performer for over 25 years, singing, dancing, and acting have been Joanna’s life passions. She started dancing at a very young age, completing all the examinations in Ballet, Tap and Modern dance with the British Association of Teachers of Dance in the UK. Joanna successfully completed a teaching diploma in Ballet, Tap and Modern dance before setting off on a professional career on the stage that enabled her to travel the world.

Performing in dance reviews and musicals in England, Germany, Spain, Japan and Canada, Joanna’s knowledge of the performing arts is extensive. Now a proud member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association in the Classical Ballet, Tap and Jazz divisions, Joanna is thrilled to become a part of the Place des Arts community, sharing her passion for dance and theatre with her students!

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Program Overview

Through improvisation, scene-study and various drama exercises and games, learn how to relax and develop a comfort level when acting on camera. You’ll learn on-camera acting techniques and develop skills for auditioning for the camera. Bring an SD card to every class to receive some of your on-camera scene studies and other exercises. Returning students will be given new challenges each session.

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Daniel Curalli

Daniel Curalli

On-Camera Acting

Daniel’s passion for theatre and acting was truly ignited by his opportunity to study the artform at UBC. Being immersed in learning and purposeful play broadened his horizons both in the profession and in his life in general. He is excited to be able to assist young people in this incredibly rich pursuit.

In addition to holding a BFA in acting, Daniel also completed his Bachelor of Education at UBC. He continues to be involved in the Vancouver theatre scene, participating in local film work as well as in theatrical productions with companies such as Awkward Stage, Align Entertainment and Theatre Under the Stars.

Outside of the theatre, Daniel is a substitute teacher and a professional baseball coach. In all of his work with young people, Daniel is committed not only to helping students improve their skills, but also to teaching life skills and helping students transfer knowledge from the classroom studio or field into their own lives.

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Program Overview

Through improvisation, scene-study and various drama exercises and games, learn how to relax and develop a comfort level when acting on camera. You’ll learn on-camera acting techniques and develop skills for auditioning for the camera. Bring an SD card to every class to receive some of your on-camera scene studies and other exercises. Returning students will be given new challenges each session.

Teacher

Daniel Curalli

Daniel Curalli

On-Camera Acting

Daniel’s passion for theatre and acting was truly ignited by his opportunity to study the artform at UBC. Being immersed in learning and purposeful play broadened his horizons both in the profession and in his life in general. He is excited to be able to assist young people in this incredibly rich pursuit.

In addition to holding a BFA in acting, Daniel also completed his Bachelor of Education at UBC. He continues to be involved in the Vancouver theatre scene, participating in local film work as well as in theatrical productions with companies such as Awkward Stage, Align Entertainment and Theatre Under the Stars.

Outside of the theatre, Daniel is a substitute teacher and a professional baseball coach. In all of his work with young people, Daniel is committed not only to helping students improve their skills, but also to teaching life skills and helping students transfer knowledge from the classroom studio or field into their own lives.

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Program Overview

Private lessons are a great way to further build your technique outside of group classes or to be better prepared for an upcoming audition or performance. A student does not need to be registered in a group class at Place des Arts to book private coaching lessons. Private coaching lessons may be booked in short-term intervals or on a year-long basis. Please contact Place des Arts for teacher availability and fees.

Classes

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

Program Overview

The focus of this class will be on the speaking portion of language learning, with articulation, emphasis and rhythm practiced frequently. Have fun using puppetry, story-telling and scene work to practice listening, reading, vocabulary, writing and speaking. You’ll develop confidence with your speaking abilities as well as an appreciation for drama and presentation.

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Megan Phillips

Megan Phillips

Musical Theatre I/II, Speech Arts

Megan is an award-winning writer and performer who has toured solo shows to sold-out houses across the Canadian Fringe Circuit since 2012. She has been called “an artistic achievement” by Vue Weekly and has been teaching singing and drama for over seven years.

Megan graduated from the Western University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an Honors in Voice. She then obtained her MA in Musical Theatre from Mountview Academy in the United Kingdom. A teacher and a performer, Megan performs sketch, improv and stand-up comedy around Vancouver and believes in harnessing the power of play in all artistic endeavours.

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Program Overview

The focus of this class will be on the speaking portion of language learning, with articulation, emphasis and rhythm practiced frequently. Have fun using puppetry, story-telling and scene work to practice listening, reading, vocabulary, writing and speaking. You’ll develop confidence with your speaking abilities as well as an appreciation for drama and presentation.

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Scarlett Bruns

Scarlett Bruns

Fall Session Speech Arts & Drama

Having grown up in front of the camera and on stage, Scarlett’s passion for sharing the performing arts came at an early age. She has performed in over 70 productions and 3 national tours as an actor in Germany, Canada and the UK. In addition to her work as a performer, Scarlett has also written 2 plays as well as a feature film and a TV series for Netflix. She presently splits her time teaching, directing plays and running her talent agency, Leo Management, where she represents actors of all ages for work in Film and Television.

This past July, Scarlett returned from Montreal where she spent two years working as the director and head choreography for Theatre Works. Her recent directorial credits include Grease, Annie, Aladdin, Newsies, Fame and Hairspray, all through Musical Theatre International, in addition to her own play Teen Angel which toured across Canada. She has a varied teaching background including, Theatre Arts with The Young Actors Project, Musical Theatre with RSJ Conservatory, Audition Coaching for film and television at Beatty Street Studios, Circus Arts at the Vancouver Circus School and Drama at Cypress Park Elementary through the Vancouver Biennale as one of their Artist Collaborators.

Scarlett is delighted to teach Speech Arts and Drama at Place Des Arts and looks forward to sharing her passion with her students while helping them build confidence, communication skills, emotional intelligence and exploring their imagination and creative side.

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Program Overview

Learn to sing, dance and act all at once! Through games and exercises, you’ll be introduced to warming up, vocal exploration, coordination and storytelling. Sing, dance and act out your favourite stories, and use your imaginations to create stories of your own. The teacher may request the participation of the parent/guardian in the classroom; therefore, parents/guardians are required to stay in the building.

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Joanna Kovats

Joanna Kovats

Tiny Musical Theatre, Musical Theatre I/III and Acting

A Musical Theatre performer for over 25 years, singing, dancing, and acting have been Joanna’s life passions. She started dancing at a very young age, completing all the examinations in Ballet, Tap and Modern dance with the British Association of Teachers of Dance in the UK. Joanna successfully completed a teaching diploma in Ballet, Tap and Modern dance before setting off on a professional career on the stage that enabled her to travel the world.

Performing in dance reviews and musicals in England, Germany, Spain, Japan and Canada, Joanna’s knowledge of the performing arts is extensive. Now a proud member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association in the Classical Ballet, Tap and Jazz divisions, Joanna is thrilled to become a part of the Place des Arts community, sharing her passion for dance and theatre with her students!

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