Theatre School: Acting Classes & Training

The Winnipeg Theatre School

The Winnipeg Theatre School is one of the city's three oldest operating acting schools, offering performance-orientated classes for children, teens, and adults in the Exchange District.

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Originally established as The Theatre School at Fantasy Theatre for Children by Mr Tony Frost in 1981, the school became a part of Merlyn Productions in 2011.

Instructors are local professionals who tailor their individual courses to provide quality training at competitive rates.

Some companies use professionals — we create them!

Read more about our History & Alumni.


Current & Upcoming Courses

Autumn & Winter acting classes run from September until March, when students perform live onstage in a special year-end showcase!

WTS Workshop Series: one-night-only workshops on various theatrical subjects and skills, for a competitive drop-in fee of just $20!


Course Descriptions

Junior Acting
Winter 2019

For ages 10 to 12. Instructed by John Chase.
DATES:January 4 to March 21, 2020
TIMES:SATURDAYS, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (10+ Weeks)
FEES:$20.00 registration + $165.00 tuition

This course is designed for children who have a keen interest in acting.

Students are encouraged to develop theatre skills in a formal environment, with particular emphasis on voice, movement, and expression of ideas. Concepts of how to audition, how to prepare for a part, and how to create a character are all covered in this course.

This is a performance-orientated class, open to those with and without previous training or experience.

Available slots are limited: first come, first served. An ADDITIONAL Saturday Junior class may be opened, with sufficient demand.

ALL STUDENTS PERFORM live onstage in a special year-end showcase in March! Dress rehearsal and performance will be scheduled between March 22nd and 25th (the week prior to Spring Break).

Registration will close on December 31st.

Teen Acting
Winter 2019

For ages 13 to 17. Instructed by John Chase.
DATES:January 4 to March 21, 2020
TIMES:SATURDAYS, 12:15 PM to 1:45 PM (10+ Weeks)
FEES:$20.00 registration + $195.00 tuition

Teenagers interested in acting are invited to explore the art of live theatre!

Through monologues, scene-work, and acting exercises, students develop their performing skills and a greater awareness of "Who, What, Where, When and Why" -- giving them a positive attitude about themselves and a respect for the art form they have chosen.

This is a performance-orientated class, open to those with and without previous training or experience.

Available slots are limited: first come, first served. ALL STUDENTS PERFORM live onstage in a special year-end showcase in March! Dress rehearsal and performance will be scheduled between March 22nd and 25th (the week prior to Spring Break).

Registration will close on December 31st.

Improv for the Actor
WTS Workshop Series

For ages 18+. Instructed by Hope Figueroa.
DATES:November 27, 2019
TIMES:Wednesday at 6:30 PM (2 hours)
FEES:$20.00 tuition

"If you're in your head, then you're not here with me."  -- Susan Messing

This second-level workshop explores improvisational tools for the stage: emotional offers, using stakes to enhance the story, honest characters, and living in the moment.  These improv tools not only assist with text-based acting, but help actors "get out of their own head" and empower their performances!

Open to all experience levels; however, having some previous performing experience/training (or having attended the earlier "Improv Comedy" workshop) is encouraged.

HOPE FIGUEROA has 4 years of experience as an Improv coach, and holds degrees in Performing Arts and Drama Education. One of the original members of the University of Winnipeg Improv troupe, she currently performs with the Crosseyed Rascals and appeared at the 20th "Winnipeg if... Improv Festival".

Registration will close on November 26th.

Introduction to Acting - ADULT
Autumn 2019

For ages 18 to 55. Instructed by John Chase.
DATES:September 21 to December 14, 2019
TIMES:SATURDAYS, 3:45 PM to 5:45 PM (10+ Weeks)
FEES:$20.00 registration + $230.00 tuition

Have you ever thought of being on stage? Join today, and begin learning formal acting techniques in a fun, low-pressure environment.

Develop skills in voice, movement, and character creation through theatre games, solo and group exercises, and performing in-class with your fellow students.

This course is an excellent first step into the world of the theatre for those who wish to try acting for fun, and also a great stepping-stone for continuing on to a performance-orientated class.

Online registration is now closed.
Please contact us to enquire about this course and upcoming sessions.

Adult Acting
Autumn/Winter 2019

For ages 18 to 55. Instructed by John Chase.
DATES:September 21, 2019 to March 21, 2020
TIMES:SATURDAYS, 3:45 PM to 5:45 PM (20+ Weeks)
FEES:$20.00 registration + $400.00 tuition*
(* can be paid in two instalments)

For adults who have a serious interest in exploring the art of live theatre, whether as an engaging hobby or a step on the road to professional performance.

Artistic Director John Chase will introduce you to the foundations of stage acting, the audition process, and the need-to-know disciplines of an actor working on a production.

Performance is our primary focus! Students participate in scenes, theatrical exercises, and monologues of their own choosing, to develop practical skills such as voice, movement, and character creation.

Alongside acting, you will learn some theory that is useful to every performer: basic theatre terminology, types of stages, and how to write an acting résumé, to name a few.

Previous training and experience are not required, however strong attendance AND certainty of commitment to the final dress rehearsal and performance are a must.

Online registration is now closed.
Please contact us to enquire about this course and upcoming sessions.

Improv Comedy
WTS Workshop Series

For ages 18+. Instructed by Hope Figueroa.
DATES:November 20, 2019
TIMES:Wednesday at 6:30 PM (2 hours)
FEES:$20.00 tuition

"There are no mistakes in improv, only unexpected results."

Develop your ability to improvise and work without a script!  You will learn basic improv exercises to encourage body awareness, build connections with other improvisers on stage, and enhance working with your impulses.  In addition, you will learn the "5 elements to a great scene", and other essential skills to create short form improv.

Open to those with and without previous training or experience, with the level of work at each session to be gauged accordingly.

Online registration is now closed.
Please contact us to enquire about this course and upcoming sessions.

On Stage
Through the Looking-Glass

Through the Looking-Glass

A holiday special for the WHOLE FAMILY!

Winter Break
December 26 to 30

Winnipeg Theatre School
WTS Youth Showcase 2012

Now registering ages 10 to 17 for Winter acting classes!

Winnipeg Theatre School

$20 Workshop Series

IMPROV COMEDY – Nov 20

IMPROV FOR THE ACTOR – Nov 27

Open Positions

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR sought for 2020!

Comedy & Tragedy Masks