Pre-professional Institute

Grade 9 | By audition only
This four-year program prepares young actors for college and professional theatre careers. Highlights include: intensive acting and musical theatre training with industry professionals, annual spring showcase, mainstage audition opportunities, mentorship from CTC artists, college-audition preparation, and capstone project tailored to student’s strengths and learning goals.

Each fall and winter students take a weekly class with their cohort focusing on a different skill each year. In the spring students prepare a showcase highlighting their progress. Each year students also choose one elective course tailored to their personal performance goals. During the final year, students spend the fall preparing for college auditions and the spring creating a capstone project based on the cohort’s strengths and interests.

In addition to their course work, Institute members will spend 10 hours each year building their resume through job-shadowing and hands-on opportunities in Education, Stage Management, Marketing, Production, and other areas of a professional theatre. Throughout the year, students will be asked to evaluate themselves and have opportunities to have their work viewed and assessed by their peers, professional instructors, and members of CTC’s artistic team.

Year One will focus on Acting Technique culminating in a studio performance of one-act plays. For more information contact Director of Theatre Arts Training, Ellie McKay at 612.879.5699.

Annual Tuition: $2000 | Financial Aid Available
Includes: Fall and Winter Cohort Acting Class, one elective (to be taken fall, winter, spring, or summer), and the spring showcase

Class Times: Mondays 5-8pm following session schedule (Spring Showcase 2019 will also have tech rehearsals May 15-17, 5-8pm and performances May 18-20.)


Fall and Winter Focus

Spring Showcase


Acting Technique

One Act Plays


Voice and Dance

Musical Revue


Classical Acting

Scenes and Monologues


Audition Preparation

Capstone Project

Auditions for our Class of 2022 (students entering Grade 9 in Fall of 2018):

For Institute, you will be auditioning individually and in a group. Come dressed to move and bring a water bottle. Please prepare and memorize a one-minute monologue from a play. Actors may be given some direction and asked to perform their monologue several times.

Available Audition Time Slots:

Sign up to audition here