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2018 Gateway Theatre Conservatory - Call for Submissions


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“In an industry that so heavily relies on collaboration, it's important to understand as many aspects of it as possible.”      
2016/17 Gateway Conservatory participant


Enhance your current theatre training
Twelve emerging / student theatre artists, who are curious to expand their learning and practice of theatre skills, will be given the opportunity to participate in individual workshops led by outstanding theatre professionals.

The Gateway Theatre Conservatory is a training program offered by Gateway Theatre, providing participants five workshops which will explore elements of performance, directing and the theatre industry. Participants will learn from some of the finest professional artists and educators in the country such as Kawa Ada, Diane Brown, John Ng and Peter Jorgensen. Workshop instructors are also working directly with Gateway Theatre on-stage or behind the scenes during the 2017/18 Signature Series. 

Applicant Criteria:

  • Age 16 to 22
  • Currently training or have previous training in theatre
  • Intend to pursue a future in theatre
  • Demonstrate an investment in developing your craft as a theatre artist
  • Desires a deeper engagement in the Canadian theatre industry


  • Successful applicants will be required to pay a $150 program fee

Conservatory members will receive one complimentary ticket to the following productions in Gateway’s 2017/18 Signature Series:Salt-Water Moon, I Lost My Husband, and Nine Dragons.

The Gateway Theatre Conservatory includes:

  • Welcome Event: Saturday February 17, 2018 at 11:30am Meet & Greet, theatre tour, and orientation, followed by the 2pm matinee of Salt-Water Moon.
  • Five Workshops: Sunday mornings, 9:30am-12:30pm February-May 2018 at Gateway Theatre. A detailed schedule will follow for successful applicants.
  • Three Performances: Tickets will be provided for the first Saturday 2pm matinee of three Signature Series productions. (If participants have a conflict, a ticket may be rebooked subject to availability).

How to Apply:

Fill out the application form below and upload the following:

  • Performance and/or production résumé (PDF)
  • Statement of Intention
    Statement of Intention must answer the following questions:
    • Why do you want to participate in the Conservatory?
    • What do you hope to gain by participating in the Conservatory?
    • What are your interests and objectives as a theatre artist?
    • What makes you an ideal candidate?
    • Is there anything else you’d like to add or say?

Option 1:
Headshot or recent photo (JPG or PNG)
Written Statement of Intention – Maximum 500 words (PDF)

Option 2:
Video Statement of Intention – Maximum 5 minutes (uploaded to Vimeo or YouTube)

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: EXTENDED TO JANUARY 28, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by January 30, 2018. Please note: only successful applicants will be notified.

Questions can be directed to:
Ruth McIntosh, Education Manager: or 604.247.4975

The Gateway Conservatory is part of Gateway Theatre’s Emerging Artist Program which is supported by the RBC Foundation.


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