Acting Year-Long/ Fall & Winter Classes


Combine imagination with technique!

Whether your child is shy or outgoing, Gateway Academy classes provide performance and life skills for youths to express themselves confidently. In these classes, students develop acting skills integral to all theatrical disciplines, including ensemble-building, storytelling, and character creation. Not only are students expanding their physical, vocal, and communication skills, but they are also learning transferable skills such as confidence, focus, listening, and trust-building. Our students get the unique opportunity to experience training inside a professional theatre in a safe and supportive environment. In addition, Gateway students are given exclusive access to some of our Mainstage show rehearsals and ticket discounts for Academy families!

New this year, we are proud to offer Acting for Stage and Film (Ages 14-18), the first youth acting program in the Lower Mainland to integrate instruction in both Theatre and Film performance!


Sessional classes are the perfect intro to our Acting classes at Gateway Theatre. At the culmination of each session, our classes dazzle with an Open Studio experience. We extend a warm invitation to all parents/guardians to see firsthand the skills they’ve been working on and even participate in the excitement!


Sept 22, 2024 – Dec 15, 2024 | Sundays 9:30AM – 10:30AM
Early Bird: $189


Jan 5, 2025 – Apr 13, 2025 | Sundays 9:30AM – 10:30AM
Early Bird: $189


Get ready for a full year of creativity and growth! The first half of the year is dedicated to building an ensemble, gaining familiarity, and honing skills through the material and exciting small projects.
In December, students showcase their talents in our Open Studio event, where proud parents/guardians witness the incredible progress made. As we enter the second half of the year, the intensity ramps up as students engage in a thrilling rehearsal process. With roles assigned and passion ignited, students take charge of their learning journey, exploring and mastering material at home as they get ready to shine for the year-end presentation.

NEW! Acting for Stage and Film (Ages 14-18)
We are proud to offer Acting for Stage and Film, the first youth acting program in the Lower Mainland, to integrate instruction in both Theatre and Film performance!

Students will be honing stage/theatre acting technique and ensemble building throughout the year, with an intensive six-class introductory module for film performance within the program. Open to students of all levels of experience looking to build confidence, find their unique creative process, and explore skills for performing both on stage and on camera.


Sept 19, 2024 – April 17, 2025 | Thursdays 5:00PM – 6:30PM
Early Bird: $599

Sept 22, 2024 – Apr 13, 2025 | Sundays 10:30AM – 12:00PM
Early Bird: $599


Sept 19, 2024 – Apr 17, 2025 | Thursdays 7PM – 9PM
Early Bird: $809


Sept 22, 2024 – Apr 13, 2025 | Sundays 1PM – 4PM
Early Bird: $1,339
Mandatory Dates: March 16, April 6 & 13

  • Class Location

    6500 Gilbert Road
    Richmond, BC

  • Health & Safety

    The health and safety of our students are of the utmost importance. To maintain a safe learning environment, students will be asked to wash their hands upon arrival. Mask-wearing for students is optional; mask-wearing for Faculty remains mandatory at this time. Procedures may evolve over time.

  • Financial Aid

    Gateway Academy believes in providing access to theatre arts training, regardless of financial means. If your family is experiencing temporary financial hardship, please apply to our bursary program.

  • Scholarships

    The McAndless Family Award for Excellence recognizes students training in theatre and performing arts who demonstrate the potential to make a difference and best exemplify Creativity, Courage, Connection. See if you’re eligible to apply today!

  • Inquiries

    Registration Inquiries
    Box Office
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 12PM – 5PM

    Program Inquiries
    Education Manager

  • Refund/Cancellation Policy

Gateway Academy FAQs

  • What makes Gateway Academy special?

    We focus on the “how” of theatre, helping our students grow their skills and confidence through process-based learning that leans equally into play, rigour, and risk. We work with creativity, courage and connection, providing a supportive environment in which our students can explore stagecraft as a way to strengthen their self-expression, communication, and problem-solving.

    Our classes are taught by some of the most vibrant teaching artists across Vancouver. They are held in professional theatre spaces that have been home to many artists and productions from the dynamic theatre community of the Lower Mainland.

    Because Academy lives alongside Gateway’s productions, Academy students get to observe professional theatre rehearsals of our shows. They are regularly invited to audition for youth roles and other opportunities as they become available!

    We also offer ticket discount rates to Academy families so that we can share the magic of live performance with our Academy community.

  • Do I get to perform?

    Yes, and… we believe in building a foundation of skills to support you through a philosophy we like to call “process over product”. We want our students to learn the “how” of acting, singing, and dancing before putting those skills in front of an audience. That said, it would be challenging to learn how to perform without performing at all! Our year-long classes open their studio twice a year: once in December to share skills and the training process and once in April for an informal presentation of material from your class. Fall classes open their studio for presentations in December, and Winter classes open for presentations in April.

    This Academy year, our Musical Theatre Performance class will be doing two shows in April, including costume, lighting and props elements!

  • What’s the difference between your acting and musical theatre classes?

    Our musical theatre classes study the three classic elements of musical theatre: acting, singing, and dancing, while our acting classes focus purely on developing acting skills integral to all theatrical disciplines.

    Learning a musical is a layering process: first, you learn the music, then you learn the choreography, then you use your acting skills to tell the story. Learning acting is a process of getting to know yourself in relation to others through acting exercises, and using that awareness towards the portrayal of characters in a story. Musical Theatre classes contain a lot of skills we can immediately see and hear (eg. singing and dancing); Acting classes contain a number of transferable skills (eg. listening, sharing ideas, focus, problem-solving, trust building).

    Each of these theatre disciplines is engaging and fun, and will help you to extend your comfort zones!

  • Will I have work to do at home?

    Yes! Most classes require that some practice and work be done during the week at home. Practice improves skills and allows everyone to move forward with the material in class. It’s fun work, though, you can count on that!

  • Will I have fun in class?

    Yes! One of the rewards of hard work is having fun! Not only does “play” demand commitment and concentration, it is a tool in the process of developing creative thinkers and theatre artists. Exercising imagination is key for every artist. You’ll be playing with rigour and focus and fun!

  • Why does my classmate have more lines than I do?

    Our intention is to challenge each student individually and equally. Our students come from a variety of different backgrounds and areas of training. Casting is assigned so that you can develop the skills you may not have yet. For some that may mean more text work; for others that may mean more choreography, for others an ensemble character. We wouldn’t be doing our job if we gave you the work you are already skilled at!

  • Why do I stay in the same class level for sometimes three years; won’t I be repeating?

    It is common for students to continue in the same level class for two to three years. Our Faculty members understand and value teaching to varying skills levels within a class; therefore the material is taught in varying degrees of challenge. It also provides an opportunity for the more experienced students to act as mini-mentors for the newest students. Sometimes you learn best by sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm with others!

  • What should I do if I have to miss a class?

    Tell us in advance! Call the Instructor’s Line (778.838.3745), and let the Instructors know so they can adjust the class plan or rehearsal. Attendance is imperative in building trust, and a sense of ensemble within the group. If you are put into pairs or groups for a scene or project, your classmates will be counting on you to show up to every class prepared and ready to work (and play).

  • What class “Level” should I sign up for?

    The appropriate class for your age! Gateway Academy class levels are based on students’ age ranges, not their level of theatre experience. You will likely find a balance of both fun and challenge with your peers.

  • Am I required to bring anything to my classes?

    Yes – Musical Theatre students are required to wear dance shoes (Jazz or Ballet shoes) to classes as they are the best tool in which to learn movement and choreography safely and comfortably on the theatre floor. All students are required to wear clothes comfortable for movement (no jeans, please!), and to bring a binder and a pencil– the actors’ tools in learning their craft!