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City Youth Academy

Soulpepper’s signature youth program is back!

This summer, ten selected young artists will participate in a six-week theatre and performance intensive that will inspire their creativity and support their artistic growth. City Youth Academy is a unique opportunity to learn from Soulpepper artists and industry professionals, build confidence on stage, and make art as an ensemble!

SUPPORT FOR THE CITY YOUTH ACADEMY

Paid education programs like the City Youth Academy are made possible by the generous support of our Lead Sponsor CIBC!

SUPPORT FOR THE CITY YOUTH ACADEMY

Paid education programs like the City Youth Academy are made possible by the generous support of our Lead Sponsor CIBC!

WHO IS THE CITY YOUTH ACADEMY FOR?

Soulpepper is seeking applicants who are:

No performance experience necessary!

IT’S FREE!

Additionally, participants will receive $450/week.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Monday, July 11 – Friday, August 19, 2022 (No session on Civic Holiday Monday, August 1)

10AM – 5PM daily

PROGRAM LOCATION

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

APPLICATION DEADLINE

May 15, 2022 at 11:59 pm 

SELECTION PROCESS

Auditions: In person group auditions will be held on June 4 and 5 from 10am-5pm each day. Time slots will be provided closer to the date, so please plan to be available on that weekend. 

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants must submit a video introducing themselves (max 4 minutes, unlisted on YouTube) and answering the prompts below, along with the name and contact information of one referee (teacher, employer, mentor, or similar).

  1. Tell us about a work of art – visual, performing, or literary ­­– that inspires you, and why.
  2. Why do you want to participate in the City Youth Academy? What would this opportunity mean to you?
  3. Which aspects of performance are you interested in, and which would you like to learn more about? This could include acting, playwriting, design, directing, music, singing, movement/dance, producing, marketing, fundraising, wardrobe, props, scenic painting, and more. 
  4. How do you feel about working in an ensemble setting and collaborating with others? Give an example of a group project you’ve worked on.
  5. Do you have any special skills or talents? Show us! (Optional)

SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59PM ON MAY 15, 2022 TO BE CONSIDERED 


1. Make a plan and be prepared: plan what you want to say and perform.
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 text

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

  1. Sign into your YouTube Account or create one for free by visiting www.youtube.com
  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).


If you require accommodations regarding the application process, or have any questions, please email Ahlam Hassan, Education Coordinator: ahlam.hassan@soulpepper.ca

Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 is a prerequisite for participation in any in-person programming at Soulpepper.

We encourage applications from youth belonging to underrepresented and historically marginalized communities.


LEAD SPONSOR OF CITY YOUTH ACADEMY