Directors’ Message

Managing Artistic Director
Director of Education & Programming

Hello CCPA supporters!

I wanted to acknowledge with gratitude the W̱SÁNEĆ and Lekwungen people and the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations, on whose beautiful traditional territories we learn, create and perform.

It is a privilege to lead such an accomplished and unique training institution in Canada’s theatre community.
Having an institution like CCPA in Victoria, national in its scope and ambition, is a rare gateway for emerging Canadian artists, and a chance for this community to intersect with the country – to develop lifelong nationwide relationships and to expand horizons for all Canadians.

I aim to carry on the tradition of creating thoughtful engaged creative citizens who will be advocates not only for their own careers, but also for their communities, and who view the trajectory of their art as a commitment to the essential need for theatre in our society. I have always measured success in arts education by preparing a student to function both as a motivated self-employed business, and as an inspired artist whose story telling can better illuminate the human condition. This is a commitment the College has always maintained.

Personally, I have been very fortunate to have had wonderful training and great mentors and I’m excited to be able to pass these kind of experiences on to the next generation of young theatre artists. I have also had the pleasure of working with numerous talented alumni in my career, and the arts community here in Victoria has been quick to profess the caliber and professionalism of the students the college continues to graduate.

Caleb Marshall
Managing Artistic Director, Canadian College of Performing Arts

Hello and welcome to the Canadian College of Performing Arts.

I would like to acknowledge the Lekwungen people and the Esquimalt & Songhees First Nations on whose traditional territories we teach, learn, create and perform. The Canadian College of Performing Arts has a legacy and reputation reaching back twenty years, to the inspirations and vision of co-founders Janis Dunning and Jacques Lemay. They strove to create a place where emerging performing artists could come to devote time and talent to the pursuits of their individual dreams, a place where they could be surrounded by the highest calibre of instruction and direction, and a place where the creative process could be fostered and challenged in a multi-disciplinary training environment.

I am grateful to the College Directors who succeeded Janis and Jacques, Ron Schuster and Darold Roles, for hiring me into this beautiful place and community. It has been a joy for me to work in the studios and rehearsal spaces at the college for the past eight years, and to be able to invest in the lives of the students and alumni over that time. I have been inspired by the work and the artistry that comes out of our students year after year, as evidenced in our classes, workshops, rehearsals and performances.

It is an honour to have been a part of a staff and faculty that cares so much for the students, the work, and for the community outside the college. In 2017, I stepped into senior management at the college. I count it a privilege to now lead alongside Managing Artistic Director Caleb Marshall, navigating curriculum, artistic programming, recruitment, and administration, as well as community, educational, and artistic partnerships.

We believe in developing a well-rounded performer who possesses a strong work ethic, talent and discipline, and that is reflected in the students we admit, the faculty that we hire, and the artists we engage. We have an incredible team of faculty, staff, guest artists, Board of Directors, volunteers and community partners that support in all areas of CCPA. Whether you are a prospective student, a parent, an interested volunteer, potential or current audience member, or are just simply curious about CCPA, I invite you to explore our website further, or get in touch with any of us who can assist with your inquiry. If you are in Victoria, please feel free to come by our campus and introduce yourself.

Thank you for your interest in CCPA!

Heather Burns
Director of Education and Programming

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West Side Story, 2019 | director Matthew Howe | photo credit Peter Pokorny