We believe that the work we do today will help foster the audiences and artists of tomorrow.
Since our inception, we’ve put mentorship and accessibility at the core of what we do and the Young Ruffian Apprenticeship Program is the strongest pillar of that commitment. The Young Ruffian Program is geared towards theatre-interested high school students (no Shakespeare appreciation required!).
This program is a part-time, free-of-charge summer acting intensive and apprenticeship program.
We bring novice and experienced actor from all over the GTA together to meet in our beautiful home, Withrow Park (located in Riverdale, just south of the Danforth between Chester and Pape subway stations).
In this five week program, students learn diverse skills from fight choreography to text analysis to movement training.
Students will also be paired with a mentor—one of the professional actors in our summer production. One-on-one sessions with mentors allow students to learn everything about what it is like to be a working actor in Toronto.
The capstone of the program is developing your own production, which will be presented as the opening-act to the professional show on three consecutive nights in Withrow Park.
You will perform on the same stage as the professional company, engaging with the same audiences; a unique opportunity to get a taste of a professional acting experience.
The program runs from late July to late August.
This year, the program runs from July 24th to August 27th. It’s also a creative and fun way to complete the community service hours High School students require to graduate.