Career Programs

Professional Theatre Acting


Our program teaches students the essential skills required to work in today’s theatre industry as well as in television and cinema. Actors learn their craft performing for audiences in both our studio space, and in our state-of-the-art Casgrain Theatre. Actors perform in productions mounted by the department in collaboration with students from the Production (live entertainment design and production) program. Our faculty are theatre professionals, directors, voice, movement, puppetry and mime coaches and theatre historians. They are dedicated to the entertainment industry and in shaping the next generation of theatre professionals.

Professional Theatre Acting

This program emphasizes all of the skills needed in preparation for performance and how to pursue a career as an actor. Students hone their craft through training in acting interpretation, voice, movement, creation, contact improv and character and text analysis. Ultimately, students will synthesize these individual skills through performance. Acting for the camera training will prepare students for work in film and television. Career management training will prepare students for auditioning, self-promotion and networking skills.

This program is for you if…

  • You want to create.
  • You want to see the world from different perspectives.
  • You are passionate and dedicated.
  • You enjoy collaborating.
  • 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, motion capture work for video games and virtual media, the cruise ship industry, corporate and sporting events, retail design, fashion companies as well as with such organizations as The Walt Disney Company and Cirque du Soleil. Graduates can also continue their education at university or conservatories to further specialize in related fields.

If you are more interested about what goes on behind the scene, please visit our Live entertainment design and production webpage here.

Admission Requirements

CEGEP Requirements

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

Program Prerequisites

  • Prospective acting students will be invited to audition
Click here to access the Professional Theatre Acting audition process


Invitations will be sent via email (to the address provided to SRAM at the time of application) in the week following the application deadline.


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

Please Note

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

How To Apply

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.

Warning: The documents and payment must be submitted by the deadline.


Program start: Fall


To apply:

  • Complete the online SRAM application
  • Select John Abbott and the program of your choice along with the corresponding SRAM program number: 561.A0 Professional Theatre (Design/Technical Production) / 561.C0 Professional Theatre (Acting)
  • Upload any necessary documents directly to your online SRAM application

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

Admissions Office
514-457-6610 x5358, 5355 & 5361

Professional Theatre Department
514-457-6610 x5425

Student for a Day Program

Be a John Abbott College student for a day!

Through our Student for a Day program, you will spend either a morning or afternoon with one of our student ambassadors, attend college-level classes in a program of your choice, and experience CEGEP like a John Abbott student. Fill out the request form below to be contacted for Student for a Day.

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.

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