The Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program

Stamina, Strength and Agility of Body, Mind and Heart


The 2017 Program Participants
The 2017 Program Faculty

The Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program, part of The Citadel’s Academy, offers an advanced creative development Program to enrich the performance skills of established theatre professionals. Now in its ninth year, this Program, conceived by Citadel Theatre Artistic Director Emeritus Bob Baker, provides a unique professional development opportunity to Canadian theatre artists.

The Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program is designed to embrace and enhance the artist’s strengths while encouraging the exploration of new concepts. The curriculum of the Program comprises a five-week course of master classes in scene study, movement/dance, singing, voice and speech, stage combat, classical text, improvisation and script analysis by a Faculty of some of Canada’s leading theatre artists. The residency for the Program is divided between Banff (four weeks) and Edmonton (one week).

Archive of Past Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Program Productions:

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2008-2009 Pride and Prejudice

2009-2010 As You Like It

2010-2011 Little Women: The Musical

2010-2011 The Three Musketeers

2011-2012 A Midsummer Night’s Dream

2012-2013 The Penelopiad

2013-2014 Romeo & Juliet

2014-2015 Arcadia

2015-2016 West Side Story


The Citadel Theatre is a registered charitable organization and is recognized as a leader in Canadian theatre. We produce work of the highest quality, premiere new plays, develop the skills of professional artists, invest in youth and families and contribute to the quality of life in the Edmonton community.

The Citadel’s Academy features creative development programs for professional theatre actors, directors, and playwrights, as well as emerging professionals.

The Banff Centre is a globally recognized leader in arts and culture. In our powerful mountain setting, exceptional artists and leaders from around the world create and perform new works of art, share skills and knowledge in an interdisciplinary environment, explore idea, and develop solutions in the arts, leadership, and the environment.


“Going through this intense experience alongside some of the most promising talent in the country was a big reason for my success within the program. They inspired me every day to push my fears aside and jump in head first into the unknown. I will never forget my time in the program and I will carry those memories with me throughout my entire career!”

– Josée Boudreau 2010/11 Program Participant
Evangeline, Evangeline
Belle, A Christmas Carol
Maria, The Sound of Music
Janet, The Rocky Horror Show
Beth, Little Women: The Broadway Musical
Belle, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast



“This Program was of great value to me. I’ve been an actor for more than 15 years, but Bob recognized my need and desire to keep learning and growing, to visit the old and make things new again.”

– Réjean Cournoyer 2008/09 Program Participant
Captain Hampson, Evangeline
Captain von Trapp, The Sound of Music
Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice
Beast, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Sweeney Todd, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street




The Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program would like to acknowledge the generous and visionary support of:

  • The Eldon and Anne Foote Fund of the Edmonton Community Foundation
  • The John and Barbara Poole Family Fund
  • RBC Emerging Artists Project
  • Dentons

In the establishment and ongoing funding of this professional training program.


Dentons  RBC Emerging Artists Project

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