The Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre trains Canada’s most promising young actors in classical theatre, offering unparalleled access to internationally renowned teachers in preparation for a career on the world’s great stages. Conservatory actors spend eighteen to nineteen weeks interacting with many of the finest coaches, guest directors and instructors in Canadian Theatre. Master classes are given in acting Shakespeare, text, voice, singing, stage combat, period dance, and movement.
The Birmingham Conservatory was founded in 1998 by our then Artistic Director, Richard Monette who envisioned an intensive training period that would enable talented young actors to have a future in classical theatre. Michael Mawson was the Conservatory’s first Director, followed by David Latham and Martha Henry. Currently, the Director is Stephen Ouimette, a veteran actor, director and teacher.
Selected participants are usually graduates of an accredited theatre training program with at least two years’ experience in professional theatre. Participants are paid a weekly bursary.