What is New Stage?
New Stage is theatre fundamentals for adults new to the stage. If you’ve always dreamt of “treading the boards” but didn’t know how to go about it, this program is for you!
Designed following London Community Players’ very successful London Youth Theatre Education (LYTE) Program, and our Technical Mentorship Program, New Stage offers a chance for adult beginners to gain theatre knowledge in a low-pressure and welcoming environment, all free of charge.
The program runs two cycles per year. The program begins with a month of workshops covering a range of subjects from theatre basics to vocal technique, line memorization, audition preparation, and more. After a month of intensive workshop instruction, participants will enter an extended rehearsal period, culminating in the fully-produced run of a stage play in Procunier Hall at the Palace Theatre.
Program spots are limited. Participation in New Stage will be based on a successful application process, involving submission of a written application form, and an in-person interview with Program Coordinator Kaitlyn Rietdyk. For program dates or more information, email us here. The application for Cycle 2 of the program is now live and is posted below.
The New Stage program is open to adults (18 years or older) with limited acting experience, i.e. those who have never appeared on stage, have had 1 or 2 small speaking or non-speaking roles, or those who have had a 15+ year absence from stage performance and are looking to re-engage.
If you would like to participate in the New Stage workshop series, but have too much on-stage experience to qualify for the New Stage program, you’re in luck! A limited number of spots in the workshop series will be available for non-program participants for a small fee: $25/workshop for LCP members, $50/workshop for non-members. Additional information about the workshops is available here.
The New Stage program is made possible by the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.