CFC Announces CBC as Title Partner of Renowned Actors Conservatory

CFC Announces CBC as Title Partner of Renowned Actors Conservatory

Celebrated program attracts support from Canada’s national public broadcaster to help develop professional onscreen acting talent for all platforms

Toronto, June 22, 2016 – The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is pleased to announce CBC as the new title sponsor of the Actors Conservatory, CFC’s highly touted program for onscreen actors. Newly renamed the CBC Actors Conservatory, CBC’s two-year agreement to support the Actors Conservatory is fuelled by the organizations’ shared commitment to building a new generation of exciting, professional Canadian onscreen acting talent who reflect the country’s rich diversity.

“We are proud to partner with the CFC to nurture and empower Canada’s emerging onscreen acting talent,” said Sally Catto, General Manager, Programming, CBC Television. “This important program will ensure that the next generation of Canadian actors have the necessary training, resources and mentorship to succeed at home and around the world – and make their mark in the global film and television industry alongside the best in the business.”

This partnership between the CBC and CFC seemed a natural fit for the two organizations, who have a long-standing commitment to supporting talent, both on and off screen, and to ensuring that Canada’s cultural mosaic and stories are represented. Additionally, numerous alumni of the program have appeared on several of CBC’s award-winning series, including Jade Hassouné in Heartland; Annie Murphy in Schitt’s Creek; Cara Ricketts in The Book of Negroes; Giacomo Gianniotti, Sarah Allen, Alex Paxton-Beesley and Amber Goldfarb in Murdoch Mysteries; Patrick Kwok-Choon in Shoot the Messenger and Varun Saranga in Young Drunk Punk, among many others.

“We are proud that our actors are quickly establishing themselves as some of the most exciting and acclaimed talent to watch here in Canada and around the world,” said Kathryn Emslie, Chief Programs Officer, CFC. “We’re delighted that the CBC also recognizes the high calibre of talent coming through the Actors Conservatory and that together we can create even more opportunities for our actors to contribute to Canada’s remarkable onscreen legacy.”

The 2016/17 CBC Actors Conservatory is set to begin on Tuesday, August 2, 2016. The program offers actors a transformative artistic experience that strengthens the performer’s instrument for the screen and builds a professional skill set and is designed to increase actors’ confidence and onscreen portfolio, while establishing strong creative and industry partnerships.

The Actors Conservatory has launched and accelerated the careers of many of Canada’s talented actors. Alumni of the CFC Actors Conservatory have been named TIFF® Rising Stars and Playback’s 5 to Watch, and have gone on to work on acclaimed TV series including Grey’s Anatomy, Shadowhunters, Reign, Tyrant, Schitt’s Creek, The Girlfriend Experience,and Remedy, as well as hit features Beeba Boys, Race, The Husband, The Animal Project, and The Steps, among others. CFC actors have learned from internationally acclaimed guests and mentors, such as John Patrick Shanley, Guillermo del Toro, Kiefer Sutherland, Daniel MacIvor, Kim Cattrall, Edward Norton, Sandra Oh, Deepa Mehta, Patricia Clarkson, Sarah Polley, Paul Haggis, Avy Kaufman, Jennifer Euston, Deirdre Bowen, and Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow. Continued mentorship is provided by Lindy Davies, Rosemary Dunsmore, Rae Ellen Bodie, Kelly McEvenue, Rebecca Northan, Marissa Richmond, Jason Knight, Ruba Nadda and Risa Bramon Garcia.

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The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is a charitable organization whose mission is to invest in and inspire the next generation of world-class Canadian content creators and entrepreneurs in the screen-based entertainment industry. A significant economic and cultural driver in Canada and beyond, CFC delivers a range of multi-disciplinary programs and initiatives in film, television, music, screen acting, and digital media, which provides industry collaborations, strategic partnerships, and business and marketplace opportunities for talent and participants. For more information, visit

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