Jacques Lemay bridges east to west with National Audition Tour

February 2, 2018

Halifax, N.S. — Jacques Lemay returns to the east coast this February. No stranger to the Maritimes, Lemay directed the Charlottetown Festival for six years and was the Producer/Artistic Director for the Confederation Bridge Opening Ceremonies BridgeFest. The renowned director returns to build bridges for Canada’s emerging artists.

Lemay will hold auditions in Halifax for the Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) on February 9 at 5:30 p.m. at DANSpace-on-Grafton (1531 Grafton St.). Lemay co-founded the post-secondary institution with Janis Dunning.  Lemay and Dunning are back to celebrate the College’s 20th anniversary year.

CCPA embarks on its annual National Audition Tour every February. The College will audition in major cities across the country from February 9 to March 11, starting in Halifax.

“We bring Canadians from all regions of our country to one place to work together and create together,” explains Lemay, “As a result our students develop a national awareness of the Canadian theatre scene and create nationwide bonds with their peers which will assist them in their future careers.”

CCPA believes in providing affordable education for deserving students. The College is owned and operated by the Canadian Heritage Arts Society (CHAS), a not for profit charitable organization. Every Canadian student receives a tuition subsidy from CHAS, totaling nearly half the cost of training.

“Often students can’t afford to travel to auditions,” says Lemay, “so we travel to them. It also gives us the opportunity to meet our potential candidates in their environment and discover the wealth of talent in our country.”

Lemay recalls one young man who auditioned many years ago: “He was at a career crossroads. The interview portion of the audition was essential to his decision to join the College. He decided to come, somewhat reluctantly, with the intention to complete just one year. Well,” says Lemay, “he was so impressed by the quality and intensity of the program as well as the highly respected faculty that he stayed for the second year. He’s now a professional actor and director. I recently had the great fortune of seeing him in a lead role in the Citadel Theatre’s production of Shakespeare in Love in Edmonton.”

Many other graduates have gone to Broadway, London, Toronto, Stratford, Shaw, and Charlottetown, and have done films, television, and recordings. Alumna Carly Rae Jepsen described her time at CCPA as one of the “best memories of my life.”

CCPA offers three intensive programs with high-calibre instruction that is aligned with the needs of the industry: Enriched Performing Arts Diploma, Performing Arts Certificate, and “Company C” Studio Ensemble Diploma. The curriculum is designed to give students a strong foundation for a career in the performing arts. “Company C” graduates may transfer to Douglas College for an additional year to complete a Bachelor of Performing Arts. Visit ccpacanada.com/apply to book an audition.

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