Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program

Stamina, Strength and Agility of Body, Mind and Heart

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 10th year, this program, conceived by former Artistic Director, 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).

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 a 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.


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.

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