Program and Tuition Information 2018/19

The Acting and Musical Companies

We offer regular classes in acting, auditioning, singing, speech, dance, and movement, and special workshops in things like clowning, Laban, Shakespeare, and stage combat. The program culminates in a series of performances (a play and a musical) that demonstrate what the participants have learned over the course of the year. The play and musical are chosen specially for the participants – to give each of them an opportunity to shine – and are directed by local theatre artists. Many of our alumni are now in prestigious acting and musical theatre training programs across North America.

The Young Playwriting Company

This is a hands-on program that facilitates script development under the mentorship of established playwrights  and dramaturgs. Students work on short plays which are presented in a series of staged readings at the end of the program year.

The Theatre Production Company

A practical-based program for directors, designers, technicians, stage managers, etc. Students work with professional artists at the Citadel theatre in those various areas and then put their skills to work on one of our year-end shows.


Applications are now open. Applicants for all companies must register on-line and pay the application fee of $25. To apply online, click here.

Auditions for the Acting and Musical Companies will take place on Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22, 2018 from 10am-6pm each day at the Citadel Theatre. (see details below)

Applications for the Playwriting and Theatre Production Companies will be accepted until September 1, 2018. (see details below)


We are looking for promise and potential – not finished products. Don’t worry if you don’t have much, or any, audition experience. Our goal to make the audition as stress-free as possible.

Acting Company – please prepare two contrasting memorized monologues, from published plays, each no longer than two minutes.

Musical Company – please prepare one memorized monologue from a published play, no longer than two minutes, and one song from the Musical Theatre repertoire. Prepare one verse and one chorus of the song. It‘s always good to bring an additional song and monologue as well. Accompaniment will be provided – please bring your own sheet music. No singing a cappella or to a recording please.

If you’d like to audition for both the Acting and Musical Companies, please prepare two monologues and a song (as described above).


Playwriting Company – please attach two samples of your creative writing. Dramatic literature is preferred. These samples will be evaluated by our panel on the basis of promise and potential.

Theatre Production Company – please include what area(s) of technical theatre, design or production you are interested in (although you will be exposed to multiple disciplines throughout the course of the year) and why you’d like to be a part of the company. If you have samples of your work, you may upload those with your application.

Young Acting and Musical Companies Program Dates and Information (subject to change)


Classes meet Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6-10 p.m.

September 17 through December 5, 2018 (no classes Monday, October 8 and Monday and Wednesday, November 6 & 8) Regular core classes in acting, movement, dance, singing, auditioning and voice.

January 14 through February 13, 2019  

Continued audition training, plus specialized workshops in areas such as Shakespeare, Mask, Viewpoints, Improvisation, Stage Combat, etc. taught by theatre professionals.


The annual Showcase performance of class material will be held in The Club on Friday December 14, 2018, with rehearsals on Monday and Wednesday December 10 and 12.

Final Performances

Rehearsals from Monday, February 25 through Wednesday May 22, 2019 and all Sundays in May in preparation for a musical and a play chosen specifically for each company. Final performances of both of these shows will be in the Club at the Citadel and run from Thursday May 23 to Sunday May 26, 2019.

Please Note:

  • Additional class time may be required for workshops and rehearsals.

Young Playwriting Company Program Dates and Information

* While this program is designed for participants aged 16 – 21, applicants to the Young Playwriting Company who are older than 21 years of age will be considered on a case by case basis.


Classes meet Tuesdays from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

October 2 through December 11, 2018; and January 15 through May 21, 2019 (no class February 19, March 26 and select writing weeks)

Includes regular coursework with resident and guest playwrights, dramaturges and directors. Alternating regular coursework with “writing weeks” when students will work independently on their plays. Dates are subject to change.

Staged Readings:

Tuesday – Wednesday, May 28-29, 2019 Staged Readings with professional actors in The Club

Young Theatre Production Company Program Dates and Information


No regularly scheduled class days and time. Classes will meet based upon interest of participants and the availability of people and programs. Previous years have seen sessions in directing, stage management, production management, scenic painting, set/costume/lighting design, film/video design, etc. The company averages one session per month.
Beginning in March, students will be assigned to one of the two productions of the Young Acting and Musical Companies. They will work as ASMs, assistant directors, assistant designers, or in another area of interest.

October through December 2018; and January through May 2019


In support of the development of young theatre artists and their contributions to a vibrant theatre community, the Citadel Theatre subsidizes approximately 75 per cent of all costs associated with each of the Young Companies.

Tuition for the full year Program including classes, workshops, rehearsals, performances, materials and selected tickets to Citadel Theatre shows. Tuition may be paid in installments, half must be paid by December 15, 2018 and the balance by March 1, 2019.

  • Young Acting Company $1,750.00 + GST
  • Young Musical Company $1,950.00 + GST
  • Young Playwriting Company $950.00 + GST
  • Young Theatre Production Company $750.00 + GST

Applications for the 2018/2019 Young Companies are now open. To apply, click here.

Partial Scholarships are available towards Young Company Tuition.

Tuition Refund Policy

Requests for a tuition refund must be in writing and addressed to Doug Mertz, Citadel Theatre Young Companies or emailed to  Cancellations received up to seven days before the first class will receive a full refund less 10 per cent of total tuition as a cancellation fee. Once classes commence, tuition will be refunded less the prorated amount for classes taken and a 10 per cent of total tuition cancellation fee, whether the student leaves on their own or is asked to withdraw from the program.