Career Programs

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.

Professional Theatre

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 technicians 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.
Click here to access the Professional Theatre audition and interview process

Designers (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.

Technicians (561.A0)

If designers provide the conceptual 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)

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.

This program is for you if…

  • 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.

Where Theatre can take you!

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.

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
  • Prospective 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.

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.

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