Located in the heart of the National Capital’s entertainment district and surrounded by major museums and art galleries, the University of Ottawa’s Department of Theatre offers an intensive Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in acting program (BPT) and training in the fields of theatre studies, theatre education, theatre production and arts administration (BA, Major, Minor).

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Acting

At the graduate level, the Department offers two programs: the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in directing degree is a two-year, practical training program. The Master of Arts (MA) in Theatre Theory and Dramaturgy, offers three options for completion: with written thesis (2 years), with research-creation project (2 years) and with a major research paper (1 year).

The Department’s fifteen or so professors, artists and technical staff have access to two facilities which include workshops (sets and costumes), rehearsal studios and three theatre spaces, including the almost centennial Academic Hall and the brand new LabO.

Visit the program page for more details.

Candidates of all linguistic and cultural origins 17 years of age or older are welcome to apply.

  1.  Ottawa: Saturday, April 15, 2023, between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., at LabO, 60 Waller Street, Ottawa, ON
  2.  Toronto: Saturday, April 22, 2023, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., at the Théâtre français de Toronto, 21 College Street (metro College), 6th floor, room 610.
  3. Call backs: Sunday, May 7, from 9:00am to 6:00 pm at LabO, 60 Waller Street, Ottawa, ON. See notes on call backs below.

The Department of Theatre prefers in-person auditions, however, Zoom auditions will be permitted for applicants living outside a 500 km radius of Ottawa-Gatineau or Toronto.

- Examples of cities and regions where candidates may audition by Zoom : Northern Canada (Yukon, North-West Territories and Nunavut), Western Canada, Northern Ontario (Timmins, Kapuskasing, Timmins, Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay...), certain regions of Québec (Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Bas-St-Laurent, Côte-Nord, Gaspésie, Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean), all Atlantic Canada provinces.

- Examples of cities and regions where candidates must audition in person in Ottawa or Toronto: Kingston, Montréal, Québec City, North Bay, Sudbury.

General Instructions:

You must present two short pieces (less than 2 minutes). Choose two of the three options listed below.

OPTION A: Contemporary Monologue

  1.  Candidates are invited to present one contemporary monologue of less than two minutes.
  2.  The Department of Theatre has no requirements regarding the genre (dramatic or comedic).
  3.  Monologues presented must be taken from a published play. Monologues taken from film scripts, web series or other scripts are not eligible.

OPTION B: Shakespearean Monologue

  1.  Candidates are invited to present a monologue selected from a play by Shakespeare.
  2.  Contrasting with your contemporary monologue, if you selected that option.

OPTION C: Original Creation

  1.  Prepare a two-minute original theatrical presentation.
  2.  You may tell a story, write and perform an original monologue, sing a song you have written, create a very short play where you play all the characters, or any other form of original performance.
  3.  Show us your creativity, originality and special skills.
  4.  This piece must be rehearsed, structured and reproducible (no improvisation), and we may ask you to perform it more than once during the audition.

Candidates selected for a call back must attend in person. The Call back will take place in Ottawa, at the Department of Theatre’s LabO (60 Waller Street) on Sunday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  1.  Candidates do not need to prepare anything new for the call backs, but may be asked to present their audition material again.
  2.  Candidates selected for a call back will be responsible for their own transportation and accommodation costs;
  3.  Applicants must provide a 300-word cover letter explaining their choice of occupation.

 

Students already enrolled at the University of Ottawa

If you are already a student at the University of Ottawa, you do not have to re-apply to the university, but you must audition to be accepted into the program.

  1. Contact Jeannine Cameron ([email protected]) to obtain your audition slot. Mention the city where you want to audition (Ottawa or Toronto), whether you want to audition online (see conditions above) and the language of the audition. If you wish to audition in both languages, you will need to audition twice.
  2.  Send a resume and a good quality photo (close-up of the face) in pdf format to Jeannine Cameron ([email protected])
  3.  Once you have received your confirmation of acceptance following the call backs, you will need to request a change of study program via your uoZone account.

Students not registered at the University of Ottawa

  1.  Apply for admission via OUAC. Consult the following link for details Current Ontario High School Students (101) - Ontario Universities' Application Centre (ouac.on.ca) 
  2.  Contact Jeannine Cameron ([email protected]) to obtain your audition slot. Mention the city where you want to audition (Ottawa or Toronto), whether you want to audition online (see conditions above) and the language of the audition. If you wish to audition in both languages, you will need to audition twice.
  3.  Send a resumé and a good quality photo (close-up of the face) in pdf format to Jeannine Cameron ([email protected])
  4.  Following the call-back, your audition result will be added to your student account and the Admissions Office will analyze your application according to the Faculty of Arts’ admission requirements. If your file is complete and meets the requirements, you will receive an official offer of admission.

For more information, contact the Director of Practical Programs:  [email protected]

Department of Theatre – ISMENE