CBC Actors Conservatory

2015 Actors Conservatory

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The CBC Actors Conservatory offers actors a transformative artistic experience that strengthens the performer’s instrument for the screen and builds a professional skill set.

The program is designed to increase your confidence and onscreen portfolio while establishing strong creative and industry partnerships.

Please find additional information below, and contact actors@cfccreates.com if you have any questions.


IMPORTANT DATES

  • Applications Open: February 5, 2018 
  • Application Deadline: March 30, 2018
  • Selections: May 2018 (dates TBD) 
  • Program Start Date: July 16, 2018
  • Program End Date: January 2019 (date TBD)

PROGRAM DESIGN

This is a full-time six-month program for actors that balances artistic expression, creative collaboration and the demands of the international screen entertainment industry.

CORE COMPONENTS
  • Developing the actors’ instrument
  • Expanding onscreen work
  • Strengthening creative storytelling and collaborative skills
  • Owning the audition process
  • Accelerating professional development and career strategies
OUTCOMES
  • Engages actors in onscreen storytelling and the filmmaking and TV process
  • Increases range, power and depth through working with some of the world’s leading practitioners
  • Strengthens business knowledge of onscreen acting and how to best position yourself and your talents in the marketplace
  • Expands your professional reel
  • Builds opportunities to showcase your onscreen talent and position you for work in the screen entertainment industry
  • Brokers countless creative and business opportunities by offering access to international mentors, creative advisors and leading industry professionals

ELIGIBILITY

Designed for actors deeply committed to the craft, you will develop your instrument and expand your range as an onscreen performer. We are looking for actors who are devoted to the craft, are open to growth and have a strong desire to collaborate. Ideally you will also have previous training or expertise.

Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

We are committed to equity and inclusion, and welcome and encourage applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, and from actors living with disabilities.

There is no tuition for the 2018 program.


PROGRAM DETAILS

Strengthening the actors’ instrument

Actors will participate in workshops, exercises and master classes exploring a variety of approaches and techniques that support onscreen work. You will be challenged creatively within a productive forum while expanding your acting toolkit.

Expanding onscreen work

To maximize your learning process, the CBC Actors' Conservatory includes an on-camera element for as many sessions as possible. This is intended to make you more comfortable and aware of your onscreen presence and  prepare you for more complex exercises as the program advances.

Strengthening creative storytelling and collaborative skills

Collaborative storytelling is a fundamental part of all of our programs and disciplines. You will participate in workshops about storytelling essentials and be provided with the tools to analyze film and TV scripts so you can be fully integrated into the overall creative process.

The CBC Actors' Conservatory offers you the opportunity to work with other disciplines within the CFC. This includes directors, film and TV writers, producers, editors, songwriters and composers. These collaborations will foster your appreciation of all the creative elements of your craft and expand your network within the industry.

Owning the audition process

An integral part of an actor’s development involves exploring the audition process. Audition workshops and exercises throughout the Actors' Conservatory are designed to present you with a variety of material, scenarios and the chance to work with a diverse range of professionals who offer coaching and feedback.

Accelerating professional development and career strategies

This stream includes sessions on how to manage collaborative relationships, personal presentation, taking meetings and protocol. Additionally, we will explore your rights as a performer, how the film and TV business operate and your role within it. You will also leave the program with new headshots and a renewed perspective on building your brand and career.

For any additional questions concerning the CBC Actors' Conservatory, please email actors@cfccreates.com.


ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

The CFC is committed to providing accessible practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation at any stage of the application process or have any questions regarding appropriate accommodations please contact Deborah Fallows, CHRO, at: dfallows@cfccreates.com.


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APPLY

Please find information on the application process below, and if you have any questions, please contact actors@cfccreates.com.

ELIGIBILITY

Designed for actors deeply committed to the craft, you will develop your instrument and expand your range as an onscreen performer. We are looking for actors who are devoted to the craft, are open to growth and have a strong desire to collaborate. Ideally you will also have previous training or expertise.

We are committed to equity and inclusion, and welcome and encourage applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, and from actors living with disabilities.


APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications are now closed

Applications Open: February 5, 2018
Application Deadline: March 30, 2018
Selections: May 2018 (dates TBD)
Program Start Date: July 16, 2018
Program End Date: January 2019 (date TBD)


Application Requirements:

1. Must be a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident of Canada

2. Letter of intent: A one-page description outlining what you hope to achieve by attending the Conservatory, both within the program and after, including your thoughts about the particular skills you would like to improve and how you plan to do so during the program.

3. Link to view your Self Tape online: Demonstrating your range and talent, your self tape should be a five to six page scene from film or television in the style of an audition. 


4. Acting Resume: Including education, training, and related experience.

5. Photo or Headshot

6. Letters of Reference: 2 maximum, from anyone who is familiar with your acting ability. Letters should emphasize your proven commitment to your craft. Letters should be addressed to “Actors Conservatory Selection Committee”. If your referee prefers, letters can be emailed to actors@cfccreates.com.

Please note: there is a processing fee of $25 for applying to the Actors Conservatory.  


SELECTION PROCESS

A selection committee comprised of industry professionals from across Canada and key program staff are involved in the review process.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by phone of audition and interview dates and times.

An audition and interview mark the final stage of the selection process and is intended to clarify each applicant’s expectations and assist the committee in determining which candidates will best contribute to and benefit from the program’s design.

If you are shortlisted, auditions usually take place towards the end of May, and you will be notified of acceptance soon thereafter.


TUITION

There is no tuition for the 2018 CBC Actors Conservatory.

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PROGRAM PARTNERS

 

PROGRAM PATRONS

 

PROGRAM SPONSORS


PROGRAM MEMBERS

TIFFAcademy of Canadian Cinema and TelevisionVICERedlab Digital

PROGRAM FRIENDS

BFL Canada Risk & Insurance Services Inc.  |  Chubb Insurance of Canada  | CMU College of Makeup Art & Design  |  Location Equipment Supply  |  Total Two Way  |  Film Port Studio  |  Revival 629
ORIGINAL MUSIC CREATED THROUGH THE SLAIGHT MUSIC RESIDENCY 


OUR APPRECIATION GOES TO

 


The CFC would like to acknowledge the co-operation of the Toronto Performers Branch of the ACTRA Performers Guild.


2016 CBC ACTORS CONSERVATORY SHOWCASE

The CFC Actors Conservatory CLOSE-UPS are 3- to 5-minute cinematic works based on original characters created by the actors. These productions are intended for the big screen, and are designed to promote the actors and their talents in an entertaining and meaningful way.


SPECIAL THANKS TO THE 2016 PROFESSIONALS IN RESIDENCE

Kelly McEvenue | Actor Mentor

Lindy Davies | Actor Mentor

Michael Hughes | Actor Mentor

Rae Ellen Bodie | Actor Mentor

Rebecca Northan | Actor Mentor

Risa Bramon Garcia | Actor Mentor

Rosemary Dunsmore | Actor Mentor

Sheila McCarthy | Actor Mentor

Jason Knight | Casting Director Mentor

Marissa Richmond | Casting Director Mentor

David Ostry | Filmmaker Mentor

Lesley Barber | Music Mentor

Daniel MacIvor | Writer Mentor

Jim Allodi | Writer Mentor


THANK YOU TO OUR 2016 GUESTS