Place des Arts’ progressive Theatre Arts program for children and teens offers outstanding performance training for theatre, TV and film. Classes are taught both online via Zoom and in-person at Place des Arts.

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.

Program Type?

All
Private Lessons
Group Classes
Drop-in
Summer Classes
In Person
Online

In-Person and Online: Coquitlam Youth Theatre

10 – 17 years

In-Person: Acting 101

Six-week mini session

8 – 12 years

In-Person: On-Camera Acting

Six-week mini session

13 – 17 years

In-Person: On-Camera Acting

Six-week mini session

18+ years

In-Person: On-Camera Acting

Six-week mini session

8 – 12 years

In-Person: Speech Arts and Drama

Six-week mini session

11 – 14 years

In-Person: Speech Arts and Drama

Six-week mini session

8 – 10 years

Online: Musical Theatre I

Six-week mini session

6 – 8 years

Online: Musical Theatre I/II

Six-week mini session

6 – 12 years

Online: Musical Theatre II

Six-week mini session

9 – 11 years

Online: Musical Theatre III

Six-week mini session

12 – 14 years

Online: Musical Theatre III

Six-week mini session

13 – 17 years

Online: On-Camera Acting

Six-week mini session

8 – 14 years

Online: Speech Arts and Drama

Six-week mini session

6 – 12 years

Program Overview

Be part of a performance-based youth theatre company, and work with professional theatre directors, master theatre artists and designers! Based out of Place des Arts, the Coquitlam Youth Theatre Company will hone skills of acting, voice and movement and present two productions in the 2020/21 season. All members of the company will perform in the winter and spring productions. 2020/21 Auditions were held in the spring of 2020. Please contact Place des Arts for more information.


This program is non-refundable after Oct 1. ALL REQUESTS FOR WITHDRAWALS MUST GO THROUGH info@placedesarts.ca.

No class March 27, 2021.

Before registering for this class, please review our Safety Plan.

To conduct this class, students will be given an advanced schedule of who is attending class in-person and who is attending class via ZOOM for every week.

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

24195

SAT • Sep 12 - Jun 5 • 1:00PM - 4:30PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$24.50/class

Program Overview

Learn to act! Through improvisation, scene study and various drama exercises and games, you will learn to express yourself freely and confidently. Develop your performance skills while exploring new acting techniques and styles. This class will challenge you to think creatively and spontaneously.


Before registering for this class, please review our Safety Plan.

Teacher

Tessa Trach

Tessa Trach

Tessa has been studying, training and performing in musical theatre for more than 20 years and has worked professionally as an actor, singer, choreographer and sound designer. She has been teaching for about eight years and is excited to be working with such a supportive organization and inspiring young performers.

Recent credits include Bad Hat’s Theatre’s Peter Pan (Carousel Theatre); Amelie (West Moon Theatre – Ovation! Nominee); Kathy in Singin’ in the Rain (Royal City Musical Theatre – Ovation! Nominee), Grease, All Shook Up (Chemainus Theatre Festival) and From Broadway with Love (Circle Bright).

Tessa has a Diploma in Music from Capilano University, a Bachelor of Performing Arts and is a graduate of Studio 58.

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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. Returning students will be given new challenges each session.


Before registering for this class, please review our Safety Plan.

Teacher

Scarlett Bruns

Scarlett Bruns

For over 20 years, Scarlett worked as a successful actor in theatre, film and television. She has contributed her skills to major productions as an actor, casting director, producer, director, writer and acting coach. She is the owner of Leo Management talent agency in Vancouver and is excited to bring her expertise in the performing arts to the students at Place Des Arts for the 2020/2021 season.

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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. Returning students will be given new challenges each session.


Before registering for this class, please review our Safety Plan.

Teacher

Scarlett Bruns

Scarlett Bruns

For over 20 years, Scarlett worked as a successful actor in theatre, film and television. She has contributed her skills to major productions as an actor, casting director, producer, director, writer and acting coach. She is the owner of Leo Management talent agency in Vancouver and is excited to bring her expertise in the performing arts to the students at Place Des Arts for the 2020/2021 season.

Close

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. Returning students will be given new challenges each session.


Before registering for this class, please review our Safety Plan.

Teacher

Scarlett Bruns

Scarlett Bruns

For over 20 years, Scarlett worked as a successful actor in theatre, film and television. She has contributed her skills to major productions as an actor, casting director, producer, director, writer and acting coach. She is the owner of Leo Management talent agency in Vancouver and is excited to bring her expertise in the performing arts to the students at Place Des Arts for the 2020/2021 season.

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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, storytelling 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.


Before registering for this class, please review our Safety Plan.

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.

Close

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, storytelling 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.


Before registering for this class, please review our Safety Plan.

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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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. Using popular musical theatre material and routines, combine your skills and find out what it takes to be a Broadway Triple Threat!


Before registering for this class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.

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

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. Using popular musical theatre material and routines, combine your skills and find out what it takes to be a Broadway Triple Threat!


Before registering for this class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.

Teacher

Tessa Trach

Tessa Trach

Tessa has been studying, training and performing in musical theatre for more than 20 years and has worked professionally as an actor, singer, choreographer and sound designer. She has been teaching for about eight years and is excited to be working with such a supportive organization and inspiring young performers.

Recent credits include Bad Hat’s Theatre’s Peter Pan (Carousel Theatre); Amelie (West Moon Theatre – Ovation! Nominee); Kathy in Singin’ in the Rain (Royal City Musical Theatre – Ovation! Nominee), Grease, All Shook Up (Chemainus Theatre Festival) and From Broadway with Love (Circle Bright).

Tessa has a Diploma in Music from Capilano University, a Bachelor of Performing Arts and is a graduate of Studio 58.

Close

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. Using popular musical theatre material and routines, combine your skills and find out what it takes to be a Broadway Triple Threat!


Before registering for this class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.

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!

Close

Program Overview

Develop your singing, dancing and acting skills and then learn how to put them all together. Play theatre games, learn lines and practice lyrics. Then you will combine your skills in a short musical theatre piece.


Before registering for this class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.

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!

Close

Program Overview

Develop your singing, dancing and acting skills and then learn how to put them all together. Play theatre games, learn lines and practice lyrics. Then you will combine your skills in a short musical theatre piece.


Before registering for this class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.

Teacher

Tessa Trach

Tessa Trach

Tessa has been studying, training and performing in musical theatre for more than 20 years and has worked professionally as an actor, singer, choreographer and sound designer. She has been teaching for about eight years and is excited to be working with such a supportive organization and inspiring young performers.

Recent credits include Bad Hat’s Theatre’s Peter Pan (Carousel Theatre); Amelie (West Moon Theatre – Ovation! Nominee); Kathy in Singin’ in the Rain (Royal City Musical Theatre – Ovation! Nominee), Grease, All Shook Up (Chemainus Theatre Festival) and From Broadway with Love (Circle Bright).

Tessa has a Diploma in Music from Capilano University, a Bachelor of Performing Arts and is a graduate of Studio 58.

Close

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. Returning students will be given new challenges each session.


Before registering for this class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.

Teacher

Scarlett Bruns

Scarlett Bruns

For over 20 years, Scarlett worked as a successful actor in theatre, film and television. She has contributed her skills to major productions as an actor, casting director, producer, director, writer and acting coach. She is the owner of Leo Management talent agency in Vancouver and is excited to bring her expertise in the performing arts to the students at Place Des Arts for the 2020/2021 season.

Close

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, storytelling 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.


Before registering for this class, please review our Guide for Online Classes and Lessons.

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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