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Drawing from Canada's rich theatrical milieu, centered in Toronto, the School offers training under the guidance of a wide variety of working artists who teach, coach one-to-one, and direct.

Coupled with a strong academic curriculum, a considerable amount of time is devoted to developing the fundamentals of theatre - acting, movement, and voice. Contemporary and current theatre and film acting techniques are studied in depth  to enable you to be skilled in performing in a range of styles and genre.  You will receive instruction in classical and modern text, improvisation, clowning, Commedia del’ Arte and mask providing you with a comprehensive performance toolkit. You will also receive period dance, jazz dance and music instruction, and special training in areas like stage combat. You will participate courses which are geared towards generating original performance material and to playwriting. The business side of acting - company regulations and organization, Equity rules, contracts unions, and agents - is covered.

Over a period of four years, you transition from class work and scene study, to studio presentations, to a full season of public performances and self-generated works in your final year.

This comprehensive, in-depth approach to learning provides exceptional performance versatility and goes beyond to prepare you for a wide number of career opportunities in the performing arts. You graduate with a professional work ethic - knowing the demands of the job and how to meet them - and an expert level of technique, virtuosity, and performance arts skills.

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses including the following program specific requirements. Typically, a minimum overall average of 70% establishes eligibility for admission consideration; subject to competition individual programs may require higher pre-requisite grades and/or higher overall averages.

Non-Academic Requirements:

This is a Grades-Plus program. In addition to the academic requirements, this program selects students on the basis of grades PLUS non-academic requirements.

For more details, visit Ryerson's Performance: Acting Admissions site, opens in new window.

Course Overview

Visit Ryerson University's official course calendar and curriculum overview for course descriptions and course requirements per semester.