Apply To CCPA Today

    Are you a Canadian citizen / permanent resident?

    Step 2: Complete Your Application

    Required Documents:

    Please complete and submit the following to the CCPA Registrar, Mark Riishede, at registrar@ccpacanada.com:

    1. Completed Audition Form (Audition Form
    2. Transcripts (an unofficial transcript of grades can act as a placeholder until the start of the program)
    3. Theatre Resume (Sample Resume)
    4. Headshot (this does not have to be a professional photograph)
    5. $60.00 Application Fee (See Audition Form for details)
    6. Preferred Audition Method (Choose from: International Live-Virtual, Canadian Live-Virtual, In-Person On-Campus, or Video – details listed below)
    Application Process:
    1. Submit the above documents
    2. Our registrar will connect with you to book a live-virtual or in-person audition & interview date/time
    3. If you are unable to do a live-virtual or in-person audition and choose to submit your audition by video, your video must be received with the above documentation (see details below).

    We look forward to receiving your application, seeing your audition, and getting to know you through our interview! Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions. 

    Step 3: Prepare Your Audition

    Audition Process:

    1. Please Submit:

    • Two short contrasting monologues (maximum total length of three minutes).
    • One solo song (a maximum total length of four minutes).
      • For video/digital submissions, acapella performance is accepted, but we advise performing to a musical accompaniment track.
    • Dance or movement pieces showing your ability and experience in different styles of dance (maximum total length of three minutes, maximum one minute per style, maximum three differing styles per audition). If you have no prior experience in dance, please let us know in advance of the audition and we can advise on how to proceed.
      • The following points may be helpful: Auditionees may perform an un-choreographed interpretive movement piece demonstrating the ability to “be in the body”. For untrained dancers, freestyle dancing to your favourite music is acceptable and can be done in confined spaces.

    Check out the College’s video of tips, tricks, and best practices for preparing and acing your music, dance, and/or acting audition.

    College administration will arrange a follow-up video or phone interview with applicants as part of their audition.

    2. Audition either by ZOOM or by submitting a VIDEO audition.

    Feeling challenged preparing your video? Consider auditioning via Zoom during our Live-Virtual Audition and Interview Week. In fact, we recommend it and here’s why:

    • It’s more like the art form – live, in front of an audience – which can help give you more energy and commitment than a video can.
    • The College Directors understand what auditions are like and can help ground you and soothe any nerves.
    • A chance for the Directors to offer you notes & feedback in the moment and see how you respond to direction. It’s often the re-direct that gets people cast. We can’t offer direction with video.
    •  Audition preparation is required regardless of format, a 1/2 hour audition is much less labour intensive than the time it takes to make a strong video.

    3. Interview with College Directors.

    Note: Those auditioning by Zoom will have their interview at the same time. Those submitting a video will be booked for a follow-up Zoom Interview.

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    Submit your application package as soon as possible via email to registrar@ccpacanada.com or by mail to:

    Canadian College of Performing Arts
    1701 Elgin Road Victoria
    BC V8R 5L7 Canada

    Step 4: Meet Your Deadline

    Early Admission Audition (Online)

    Tuesday, November 14 2023
    1PM to 5PM (PST)

    Students wanting early admission must book an audition slot with our registrar in advance. All paperwork must be sent in before the audition.

    Deadline to book an audition: Audition slots must be booked at least 48-hours in advance with all paperwork sent in prior to the audition.

    International Student Audition Dates (Online)

    Wednesday, January 17 to Thursday, January 18 2024
    10AM – 5PM (PST)

    Our live virtual auditions for International students are planned early to consider the timeline of the Study Permit application process.

    Deadline to book an audition:  Audition slots must be booked at least 48-hours in advance with all paperwork sent in prior to the audition.

    Please note: Acceptance into the program is not the same as approval of a Study Permit which is required prior to entry into Canada.

    National Audition Week (Online)

    Wednesday, March 13 to Friday, March 15 2024
    12PM – 5PM (PST)

    Audition paperwork must be submitted by March 1, 2024, to secure a time slot during the Audition Tour. Audition and Interview sessions will take place via Zoom.

    Audition Tour Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 5PM (PST)

    In-Person Audition

    Saturday, March 16 2024
    10AM to 1PM (PST)

    In-person auditions and interviews will take place on campus on Saturday, March 16. There will be a mandatory dance audition at 10:00AM with a CCPA staff or faculty member. Applicants will then present the remainder of their audition material in designated time slots.

    Video Audition Deadline
    (Performing Arts Diploma & Certificate)

    Wednesday, May 15 2024
    Video auditions may be submitted at any point between Tuesday, November 14 and Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Any video auditions received after this date will be reviewed on an ongoing basis subject to availability.

    Video Audition Deadline 
    (Applied Performing Arts Diploma)

    Friday, March 1 2024
    Any video auditions received after this date will be reviewed on an ongoing basis subject to availability. Be prepared to do a short presentation on your special skills – individual artistry, musical instrument, production, sets, etc.

    In-Person Interview
    (Applied Performing Arts Diploma)

    Saturday, March 16 2024 | 2 – 5pm
    All interviews will be held on this date. Interviews must be scheduled beforehand by emailing registrar@ccpacanada.com

    Sample A Class

    with Managing Artistic Director Caleb Marshall

    Get an taste of the CCPA experience by accessing this online acting course, hosted by none other than CCPA’s Managing Artistic Director Caleb Marshall, where he shares his process to unlock impulse, activate the emotional system, ground you in the moment and come from a truthful place.

    Admission Requirements

    Performing Arts Diploma
    Performing Arts Certificate
    Applied Performing Arts Diploma

    Student admissions are based upon the following:

    • Completed application form (sent by the Registrar following online application).
    • A graded audition in person or on video per the audition requirements (as above).
    • $60 audition fee.
      • Cash, cheque, and money order accepted in advance or at the audition.
      • Credit card payments accepted prior to the audition date. Call 250 595 9970.
      • E-transfers accepted prior to the audition date. Please send to finance@ccpacanada.com and be sure to include your name and ‘audition fee’ in the memo.
    • Official Transcript of Grades (an interim report or unofficial transcript can be held as a placeholder until the first day of your program. Contact the Registrar for details).
    • Up-to-date theatre resume and headshot (or other 8 x 10 current photo).
    • An interview with College Directors.

     

    All applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent, or must be over the age of 19, and able to demonstrate they possess the maturity and ability to successfully complete the program.
    Previous training in at least one of the three disciplines of acting, dancing and singing is beneficial.
    They must demonstrate their interest in pursuing training in all four categories offered at the College: acting, dance, voice and career management; and must demonstrate their ability to understand instruction in the English language per the language proficiency assessment policy.
    Candidates should demonstrate strong potential in two of the three disciplines and a desire to learn and excel in areas they have had no previous experience.

    Program admission requirements may not be waived by the student or the institution.

    Student admissions are based upon the following:

    • Completed application form (sent by the Registrar following online application).
    • A graded audition in person or on video per the audition requirements.
    • $60 audition fee.
      • Cash, cheque, and money order accepted in advance or at the audition.
      • Credit card payments accepted prior to the audition date. Call 250 595 9970.
      • E-transfers accepted prior to the audition date. Please send to finance@ccpacanada.com and be sure to include your name and ‘audition fee’ in the memo.
    • Official Transcript of Grades (an interim report or unofficial transcript can be held as a placeholder until the first day of your program. Contact the Registrar for details).
    • Up-to-date theatre resume and headshot (or other 8 x 10 current photo).
    • An interview with College Directors.
    • Two reference letters from two industry professionals or a postsecondary degree in a relevant field of study.

    All applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent, or must be over the age of 19, and able to demonstrate they possess the maturity and ability to successfully complete the program.
    Previous training in at least one of the three disciplines of acting, dancing and singing is beneficial.
    They must demonstrate their interest in pursuing training in all four categories offered at the College: acting, dance, voice and career management; and must demonstrate their ability to understand instruction in the English language per the language proficiency assessment policy.

    Program admission requirements may not be waived by the student or the institution.

    In order to be considered for the Applied Performing Arts Diploma Program, the applicant must:

    • Have successfully completed one of the following: the two-year CCPA Performing Arts Diploma Program; the one-year CCPA Performing Arts Certificate Program; a bachelor’s degree in a discipline of the performing arts; or several years of demonstrable early career industry experience.
    • Present a 2-3 minute audition; material chosen by the applicant to show vocal and acting ability, and any specific talent or skills the applicant would like to show that demonstrates individual talent.
    • Interview with the Audition Panel. The audition will be conducted by a panel of Canadian College of Performing Arts Faculty and/or Directors. Guests may be invited to the panel. The applicant’s demonstrated ability to contribute to the full range of duties required for cooperative production, professionalism and teamwork during their prior studies in a Canadian College of Performing Arts program will be taken into consideration as well as the casting requirements for the productions proposed for the specific program year.

    Contact the Registrar at registrar@ccpacanada.com for more details.

    Program admission requirements may not be waived by the student or the institution.

    CCPA is a place where I can develop my art of singing, dancing and acting while being in a safe environment with many other amazing talents. The training is truly second to none and I wish to continue growing into an amazing performer.

    Darian NgaiVictoria, BC

    Audition Tips & Tricks

    Nervous about recording your video audition? Don’t be! You can record your audition using your smart phone. We’ve broken it down into three easy steps.

    Step 1: Set up your shot

    • Find a quiet space with little to no noise.
    • Clear away anything that could distract from your performance. Take down pictures to create a blank wall behind you and clear away any small items that clutter the space. 
    • Once you’ve cleared your space, set up your smartphone on a tripod, a stack of books, or a music stand. Remember to film in landscape mode.
    • Make sure you are within the audio pickup range of your microphone.
    • If your audition is being held on videoconference, make sure you have a strong, reliable internet connection.

    Step 2: Record your audition

    • Don’t wear bright patterns, hats, or dark glasses.
    • Make sure you aren’t backlit – don’t film in front of a window or a lamp.
    • Start your video by introducing yourself and the piece you are about to perform. You can introduce each piece separately or list them all at the beginning – whichever you prefer.
    • If you’re having trouble choosing contrasting material, here are some tips:
      • You could choose a dramatic monologue and a comedic one, or something classical and something contemporary.
      • Don’t learn new material if you don’t have to. Choose something that you know and love.

    Step 3: Save and submit

    • Make sure the video is no longer than 10 minutes!
    • Once you’ve finished your video, upload it to YouTube as an unlisted link.
    • Songs, movement, and monologues can be sent separately, or as a compilation.
    • Submit the link(s) to your video(s) with your audition package by email (registrar@ccpacanada.com).
    • If you cannot upload to Youtube, save your video as a .MP4 file and upload to a file sharing site like DropBox or OneDrive.  
    • If we have any issues accessing your video our Registrar will contact you.

    Check out the College’s video of tips, tricks, and best practices for preparing and acing your music, dance, and/or acting audition.

    View Photo Credits

    classroom photography | photo credit Peter Pokorny
    West Side Story, 2019 | director Matthew Howe | photo credit Peter Pokorny
    Working, 2018 | director Matthew Howe | photo credit Peter Pokorny