Theatre Performance & Creation


While transitioning to two new applied degrees, the School of School of Creative Arts will suspend intake of the current Theatre & Entertainment Production and Theatre Performance & Creation diplomas past the 2016-17 academic year.

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Who are we…

MORE than actor training, MORE than a performance opportunity, RDC’s innovative Theatre Performance and Creation program prepares graduates to enter the arts marketplace with a competitive edge, or to continue training further at leading institutions around the world.
Theatre Performance and Creation delivers an innovative hands-on program designed to guide the emerging theatre artist in making successful choices for their creative career.  Team taught, professionally mentored, multi-disciplinary and self-directed, RDC combines a uniquely intense and practical experience with small class sizes and personal attention to make this is a great place to unleash your creative spirit.

You will…

Over your two year program, you will be involved in five to eight different performing opportunities and professional field placements. Perform in some of the best facilities in Western Canada including RDC’s 600 seat Mainstage, 300 seat Welikoklad Events Centre, and our 150 seat Studio Stage as well as, in Theatre for Young Audiences school tours, in solo performances and site specific creations. 
When not involved in studio practice, students take four days of intense classes including:
  • Career planning
  • Theatre history
  • Dramaturgy/ Play analysis
  • Acting
  • Voice
  • Movement
  • Creation
  • Improvisation
  • Writing
  • Dance
  • Stage-fighting
  • Lifestyle and well-being
  • Interdisciplinary arts
  • Devising theatre 
  • An enriched fifth day is reserved for speciality intensives, industry-related events, creation sessions and one-on-one coaching with a professional theatre artist.

Why are we great…

  • Solid acting blended with interdisciplinary opportunities in music, physical theatre, visual art, film, dance and creative writing allow you to explore your passion. 
  • Learn through collaborating with filmmakers, musicians, visual artists, directors and designers and sharing access to costumes, props, weaponry, special effects and lighting and sound equipment.
  • Learn with a balance between modules of focused classroom instruction and the equally demanding practical training during production periods. This allows more personalized and focused learning through one-to-one mentoring with experts in the field.
  • Intensives - speciality workshops (or intensives) are offered and taught by guest professionals and master instructors. Topics may include: mask, opera, film, clown, new media, aerial performance, voice-over, period movement, business planning and other areas of importance to the theatre artist.
  • Mentorship / Field Placement Program – Whatever artist you want to be, we’ll help you connect with your professional community.  Apprentice with artists from Northern Light Theatre in Edmonton, Young People's Theatre in Toronto, The Electric Company in Vancouver, shoot films and create photo collections, choreograph shows or even write plays with professional playwrights. 
  • Experience the world theatre through study tours to centres such as London, New York, Stratford/ Shaw, Toronto.
  • Continue your training at RDC through the Motion Picture Arts applied bachelors program.  Unique to Red Deer College, the Applied Degree in Motion Picture Arts offers intensive post-diploma training in Acting or Production.


Your specialized training and transferable skills will include heightened critical and analytical thinking, effective communication, creative problem solving, and teamwork skills.   You will learn to become both actor and creator providing you opportunities to move into solo productions, multi- disciplinary collaborations, film and television, new media, the circus or pursue further post-secondary study as well as professional acting opportunities.
  • Actor
  • Theatre Director
  • Choreographer
  • Costume Designer
  • Playwright
  • Film Director
  • Make-Up Artist
  • Acting Coach
  • Screenplay Writer
  • Script Manager
  • Wardrobe Supervisor
  • Puppeteer
  • Casting Director
  • Critic
  • Narrator
Theatre programs at RDC have over a decade of experience in transferring students to university programs and preparing them for entrance into leading theatre training schools such as National Theatre School in Montreal, Studio 58 in Vancouver, Sheridan College in Toronto, Julliard, Neighbourhood Playhouse, etc.
RDC graduates have continued on to receive B.A. Honours in Drama, BFA in drama, B.Ed. degrees and MFA degrees in theatre related forms at the University of Alberta, York University, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Calgary and the University of Lethbridge.
*Transfer arrangements are different at each university and you are advised to consult the Alberta Transfer Guide, your Advising & Recruitment Specialist and the University to which you will transfer for more information.