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City Youth Academy

IT’S FREE! Additionally, participants will receive $490/week


Monday, July 13 – Friday, August 21, 2020 (No session on Civic Holiday Monday, August 3)     10AM—5PM daily


Soulpepper Theatre Company
Young Centre for the Performing Arts
Distillery Historic District
50 Tank House Lane, Toronto ON, M5A 3C4


Monday, April 6, 2020.  Soulpepper will interview and audition selected applicants in April 2020.


After the interview/audition process Soulpepper will invite a short-listed group of applicants to participate in a full-day workshop (11AM – 5PM). Attendance at the callback is mandatory to be considered for the program.

The callback date is TBD. 

Interested applicants must fill out an Application Form, and submit a Video Introduction.


Please create a one-minute video briefly introducing yourself to us creatively. We want to meet you and get to know who you are as an artist. Your video must include the following:

  • Please state your full name (first and last name) and age clearly
  • Perform or show us the creative things that you do: this could include a song you sing or play, a movement piece (anything from flamenco to tae kwon do to hip hop), reciting poetry, a stand-up comedy set, DJing/creating a mix, performing a monologue, a rehearsal of a piece you wrote, or video of you creating visual art (graphic design, sculpture). Please refrain from explaining what you love and rather show us what you love to do.

Important: please see our VIDEO TIPS (above) about how to submit your video.  Videos must be uploaded to as an unlisted video and the link must be sent to us directly in the applicant’s online application. Videos will not be accepted in any other format.


A reference letter must be sent to us directly from the applicant’s teacher, employer, mentor, or equivalent. This person should not be a family member or a friend. This letter can be emailed to or mailed to “Soulpepper City Youth Academy Selection Committee” by April 15, 2020


1.Sign into your YouTube Account or create one for free by visiting

2. Upload your video and when given the option to upload the video as Public, Private or Unlisted, choose UNLISTED*

3. Send us the link to your unlisted video when submitting your application

*Unlisted means that only the person who you have sent the link to can view your video. An unlisted video will not appear in any of YouTube's public spaces (such as search results, your channel, or the browse page).


1. Make a plan and be prepared: Plan what you want to say and perform. Stay under the 1 minute time limit.

2. Make sure we can see and hear you:

  • Speak clearly and audibly
  • Make sure we can see you (set up in a place where the light isn’t behind you)
  • Be imaginative when presenting/performing your creative introduction

3. The equipment is not the important part: Use a phone, a camcorder, a webcam or anything that you have access to. (*NOTE: digital cameras are available for use at certain Toronto Public Library branches.)



We welcome and encourage applications from diverse youth, including but not limited to ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, and/or disability status. If you need assistance or require accommodation during the application or selection process, we will work with you to address your needs. Information related to accommodations will be confidential.

For further questions please contact Jacob Kay, Education Coordinator at 416.203.6264 x135 or

This program is generously sponsored by Scotiabank Group. 
Public Support: Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts