Professional Theatre

Theatre is art, imagination, creativity. It is a discipline, collaboration, skills. It is comedies, tragedies, communication. Theatre is acting, production, design. Theatre is rewarding, serious and fun. 



Our program teaches students the essential skills required to work in today’s theatre industry as well as associated careers in television, cinema, video and mixed media. Students train for three years in either Acting, Design or Technical Production. Actors learn their craft in the intimacy of our studio spaces and public performances in our beautiful, state of the art, Casgrain Theatre. Designers and PIC - Theatretechnicians develop their skills with theoretical and practical courses leading to extensive hands-on production experience with at least six major productions. Our faculty are theatre professionals, directors, voice, movement and mime coaches, set, costume, lighting and sound designers, technical directors, stage and production managers, head carpenters, seamstresses, props managers, scene painters and theatre historians. Faculty are engaged actively with the entertainment industry and are invested in the training of the next generation of theatre professionals. Prospective acting students will be invited to audition; design and technical students will be interviewed. Professional Theatre Audition & Interview Process

PIC - Theatre 1DESIGNERS (561.A0)

Designers provide the conceptual foundation for the theatre. The costume designer visualizes the clothes that help the actor bring a character to life. The set designer creates the world in which these characters live and the skills of scene painter brings colour to the stage. The properties designer decorates this world with objects, whether a medieval throne, a double-headed axe or an elegant dining service. The final mood and magic is achieved through the imagination and understanding of the lighting designer.


If designers provide the conceptuPIC - Theatre2al base, we need technicians to realize the vast array of production details. Costumes need to be fabricated, props constructed, sets built and installed on stage, lighting instruments serviced, rigged and focused, sound tracks recorded and computerized, and speakers placed and functioning. Stage managers, production managers, technical directors and technicians coordinate and run the show.

ACTORS (561.C0)PIC - Theatre 4

Actors need a multiplicity of skills; vocal, improvisational, how to move on stage, how to project, how to dance, how to sing, study the script, interpret the text, stage combat, how to wear a period costume or mask, find a light and arrive on cue. Actors study plays, characters, skills, audition techniques, career management, camera work and, most of all, how these elements come together under the guidance of a

director in the interpretation of acting roles for our fully staged public performances.

For complete list of courses, please view the Courses by program.


  • You want to create.
  • You want to make an impact.
  • You are passionate and dedicated.
  • You are a people person and love collaboration.
  • You believe in theatre and thrive in the arts.


Although our primary focus is theatre training, the skills acquired in our program can lead to many allied areas of the industry. In addition to theatre, graduates find work in television, cinema, video production, the cruise ship industry, advertising, retail design, fashion companies as well as with such organizations as Walt Disney Enterprises and Cirque du Soleil. Graduates can also continue their education at university in order to teach theatre at elementary, high school and college levels.







A Secondary School Diploma which includes:
Secondary 5 Language of Instruction, Secondary 5 Second Language, Secondary 4 Mathematics, Secondary 4 Science and Technology or Secondary 4 Applied Science and Technology, Secondary 4 History and Citizenship Education.

OR a Secondary School Vocational Diploma which includes:
Secondary 5 Language of Instruction, Secondary 5 Second Language, Secondary 4 Mathematics. 

OR Applicants who have not studied in Québec must have education deemed equivalent by the College.


Prospective acting students will be invited to audition; design and technical students will be interviewed. Invitations will be sent via email (to the address provided to SRAM at the time of application) in the week following the application deadline.



John Abbott College is affiliated with the Service régional d’admission du Montréal métropolitain (SRAM) and uses its online application service.
The application deadline is March 1 (Fall semester). Warning: The documents and payment must be submitted by the deadline.

Program start: Fall

To apply:

  • Complete the online application at
  • Select John Abbott and the program of your choice along with the corresponding SRAM program number.
  • If applicable, mail in photocopies of all required documents and the application fee.

Students whose prerequisites are more than five years old should contact the Admissions office.

514-457-6610 x5361, 5355 & 5358

514-457-6610 x5425


Student for a Day Program

This program is not available at this time due to the pandemic.

We are not accepting Student for a Day requests at this time.

Please revisit this page periodically: Student for a Day Program