The Teen Shakespeare Program

  • The Teen Shakespeare Program
  • The Teen Shakespeare Program
  • The Teen Shakespeare Program
  • The Teen Shakespeare Program
July 4- August 13, 2016

The Teen Shakespeare program is a nationally recognized pre-professional training program for actors aged 13-18. Teen actors receive training in Shakespeare text, movement, classical voice and character development. Designed for those interested in pursuing a career in theatre, the program can serve as a springboard for those going on to study in conservatory programs. TSP graduates work in Canada, the USA, and internationally in theatre, film and television. Admission to the program is by audition.


This year we are staging the tragedy Romeo and Juliet; the program is led by Mike Stack


Audition for the Teen Shakespeare Program 2017: Romeo and Juliet

Sunday, January 15 and Saturday, January 28
at Carousel Theatre for Young People
(1411 Cartwright St. on Granville Island)


Book your audition by e-mailing or call 604.669.3410


For the audition, teen actors will need to:

  • Prepare 1 Shakespeare monologue of your choice, no longer than 2 minutes in length
  • Bring a headshot (or school photo) and a resume that details stage experience and acting training
  • Bring a cover letter that describes why you are interested in a career in the theatre, what you hope to get out of the program and what roles in Romeo and Juliet interest you, and why


Program Dates: July 3 – August 12, 2017
Rehearsals: July 3 – July 26; Monday to Friday from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Technical Rehearsals: July 26 & 27 from 10 am – 10 pm and July 28 & 29 from 1 pm- 11 pm
Performances: July 28 – August 12, Monday- Saturday @ 7:30 PM
Actors are required to arrive at the theatre at 6 pm for evening show calls

Participants must be available for ALL rehearsals and performances.


Performances take place at the Performance Works Outdoor Stage on Granville Island and are free to the public.


Program Fee: $950 plus GST


Book your audition by e-mailing or call 604.669.3410


The Teen Shakespeare Program

For 26 summers, Carousel Theatre for Young People’s Teen Shakespeare Program has been providing pre-professional theatre training to teens 13-18 in an intensive six-week program. The program provides an opportunity for participants to enhance their performing abilities and further their development as emerging artists while providing the community with free and accessible theatre.

Over the years, many participants have gone on to grace some of Canada’s top stages including the Stratford Festival, Canstage, The Belfry Theatre, Bard on the Beach, and the Arts Club Theatre Company. Some of the program’s notable alumni include actor Jennifer Paterson, director Jack Paterson, and CTYP’s own Artistic Director, Carole Higgins. Actors Rebecca Auerbach, Susan Coodin, Alessandro Juliani, and Vancouver-West End MLA Spencer Chandra-Herbert also have early roots with the program.


The Teen Shakespeare Program is an excellent training opportunity for teen actors ages 13-18 yrs. Teen actors will receive training in classical voice for the stage, Shakespeare text, movement, and character development under the tutelage of instructors who are members for Vancouver’s professional theatre community.

Admission to the program is by audition, held in January of each year. For more information, e-mail

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