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 2018/19 Program Guide.

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.

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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 the public at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park Plaza.

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Program Type?

All
Private Lesson
Group Classes
Drop-in
Summer Classes

Acting Basics

7 – 9 years

Coquitlam Youth Theatre 2018/19

10 – 17 years

Musical Theatre I

5 – 6 years

Musical Theatre II

7 – 9 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

9 – 12 years

Theatre for Life

50+ years

Tiny Musical Theatre

4 – 5 years

Writing & Performance: Comedy for Confidence

11 – 14 years

Program Overview

Learn to act! In this class, you’ll explore a variety of drama skills like story-telling, acting with masks, puppetry, characterization and body language. You’ll be challenged to think creatively and spontaneously to create a performance piece that you’ll show to family and friends on the last day of class.

Teacher

Julia Ullrich

Julia Ullrich

Tiny Musical Theatre, Acting Basics, Coquitlam Youth Theatre, Private Voice Lessons

Julia Ullrich is a local Vancouver actor and musical theatre performer. She has performed across the Lower Mainland in such shows as Legally Blonde: the Musical as the iconic Elle Woods, the toe-tapping classic 42nd Street, and is currently working on Sweeney Todd.

Julia holds a Bachelor of Education specializing in drama and English education. She hopes to pass on her passion for acting and musicals to all her new students.

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Program Overview

Be part of a performance-based youth theatre company, and work with professional theatre directors and designers! Based out of Place des Arts, the Coquitlam Youth Theatre Company will present three productions in the 2018/19 season. Each member of the company will be cast in one of two winter productions and one spring production.

The winter productions 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.

Company members will hone skills of acting, singing and dancing in technique classes, and develop performance skills and rehearse the plays in rehearsal classes.

2018/19 Productions

Winter: The Chrysalids and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Spring: Dear Edwina, JR.

Auditions & Information

Open audition for entrance into the 2018/2019 Coquitlam Youth Theatre will take place June 24 to 25, 2018. 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

$816 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.

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Susan Bertoia

Susan Bertoia

Coquitlam Youth Theatre

Susan Bertoia is a Vancouver-based professional theatre artist, devisor, actor, director and teacher. Her professional directing, performance and teaching work explores poetic and pedestrian moments, while her artistic leadership has been described as “engaging, encouraging and disarming.”

An award-winning actor, Susan is a recipient of a Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Performance and the Gordon Armstrong Theatre Artist Award. Susan has performed with the Arts Club Theatre, Western Canada Theatre, Firehall Theatre, Richmond Gateway, Pi Theatre and Boca Del Lupo.

A graduate of University of British Columbia with a BFA in Acting, she also has advanced studies in commedia dell’arte and physical theatre from numerous international institutions including Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre, One Yellow Rabbit and Frantic Assembly.

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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. Since 2011, Seamus has been a youth theatre instructor for various organizations throughout the Lower Mainland.

Selected UBC acting credits include Cletis (Lone Star), Mortimer (Edward II), Boris (The Safe Word) and Jean Claude Phillipe III (The Dirty Dutch Rhino). Other acting credits include Robert/De Stogumber (Saint Joan), Jay (Generation Hot: Waterborne), Vagrant (The Insect Comedy), Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Performer (Ask a Teenager- Boca Del Lupo). Directing credits include Our Town (Coquitlam Youth Theatre) and MilkMilkLemonade (Awkward Stage Productions) and Assistant Directing credits include Romeo and Juliet (Theatre Temp), Charles III (Arts Club Theatre), Taken at Midnight and The Imaginary Invalid (The United Players of Vancouver) and The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe and Fantastic Mr. Fox (Arts Umbrella).

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 last season 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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Julia Ullrich

Julia Ullrich

Tiny Musical Theatre, Acting Basics, Coquitlam Youth Theatre, Private Voice Lessons

Julia Ullrich is a local Vancouver actor and musical theatre performer. She has performed across the Lower Mainland in such shows as Legally Blonde: the Musical as the iconic Elle Woods, the toe-tapping classic 42nd Street, and is currently working on Sweeney Todd.

Julia holds a Bachelor of Education specializing in drama and English education. She hopes to pass on her passion for acting and musicals to all her new students.

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Classes

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$816

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

Megan Phillips

Megan Phillips

Writing & Performance: Comedy for Confidence

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

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.

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Megan Phillips

Megan Phillips

Writing & Performance: Comedy for Confidence

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

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

Peter Grasso

Peter Grasso

On-Camera Acting

Peter Grasso has been working as an actor, writer and director in Vancouver for over twenty years and has accumulated multiple theatre, film and television credits. He is proud to have written a one-act play titled Man Up, concerning the struggles of at-risk youth, which toured the Lower Mainland in 2016.

Peter has been teaching since 1989 and has taught hundreds of workshops for young actors at Templeton Secondary, with Tarlington Talent teaching students how to create, write, shoot and edit films, and at Atlanthus Achievement Centre working with youth between 10 and 18 years old. He enjoys being a part of the growth of aspiring performers.

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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

Peter Grasso

Peter Grasso

On-Camera Acting

Peter Grasso has been working as an actor, writer and director in Vancouver for over twenty years and has accumulated multiple theatre, film and television credits. He is proud to have written a one-act play titled Man Up, concerning the struggles of at-risk youth, which toured the Lower Mainland in 2016.

Peter has been teaching since 1989 and has taught hundreds of workshops for young actors at Templeton Secondary, with Tarlington Talent teaching students how to create, write, shoot and edit films, and at Atlanthus Achievement Centre working with youth between 10 and 18 years old. He enjoys being a part of the growth of aspiring performers.

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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.

Teacher

Megan Phillips

Megan Phillips

Writing & Performance: Comedy for Confidence

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.

Teacher

Megan Phillips

Megan Phillips

Writing & Performance: Comedy for Confidence

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

Experience laughter and connection in a relaxed, safe and playful environment. Begin by creating connection with a group of like-minded individuals. Then, explore drama foundations such as eye contact, use of emotion and character building. Through theatre, you’ll develop the skills to share stories, find a means of self-expression and build your confidence outside of the classroom.

Throughout the 2018/19 season, all Arts & Wellness programs will be subsidized by 50%. Register online, by phone or in person and the 50% subsidy* will automatically be applied to all fees associated with the class. *Not valid for other Place des Arts programs.

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Laura Drummond

Laura Drummond

Theatre for Life

A graduate of Studio 58, Laura is excited to be returning her focus to the acting world. A mom of three, she co-founded the arts-infused independent school Urban Academy in New Westminster in 2001 and has since passionately championed the arts in education, community creation, leadership and organizational development.

Her previous stage work includes shows with Platypus, Green Thumb, Sunshine and Richmond Gateway theatres, as well as writing and performing her one-person show, Peanuts. Laura has also appeared in various commercials and film and television shows such as Fairly LegalHiccupsThe 4400Stargate, Due East and Beggars & Choosers.

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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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Julia Ullrich

Julia Ullrich

Tiny Musical Theatre, Acting Basics, Coquitlam Youth Theatre, Private Voice Lessons

Julia Ullrich is a local Vancouver actor and musical theatre performer. She has performed across the Lower Mainland in such shows as Legally Blonde: the Musical as the iconic Elle Woods, the toe-tapping classic 42nd Street, and is currently working on Sweeney Todd.

Julia holds a Bachelor of Education specializing in drama and English education. She hopes to pass on her passion for acting and musicals to all her new students.

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Program Overview

Develop your confidence and learn to trust your instincts in a welcoming and non-competitive environment. Learn the comedic skills of observation, perspective and trusting your inner voice through writing and drama exercises rooted in stand-up and improv comedy as well as clowning. Perform an original, short routine for family and friends on the last day of class.

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Megan Phillips

Megan Phillips

Writing & Performance: Comedy for Confidence

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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