Canadian College of Performing Arts

To offer quality training in a broad spectrum of skills which will prepare the students for careers in the performance arts locally, nationally or internationally.

Canadian College of Performing ArtsOur Impact Why We Exist

The Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) is owned by the Canadian Heritage Arts Society (CHAS):

CHAS Mission Statement:

  • To provide instruction and training in the performing arts, and to raise the aesthetic taste and artistic appreciation of the public at large through the medium of public performances and exhibitions.
  • To preserve and promote heritage arts and culture.

CCPA Mission Statement:

To offer quality training in a broad spectrum of skills which will prepare the students for careers in the performance arts locally, nationally or internationally.To provide a stimulating, positive and constructive environment where students are encouraged to develop high standards of work ethics and conduct which will serve them in any field of endeavour in the future.

Canadian College of Performing ArtsOur Story What We Do

The Canadian Heritage Arts Society (CHAS) has continually endeavoured to invest in the future of Canada by enriching the inter-regional and historical awareness, cross-cultural understanding, and national pride of our youth.

The Canadian Heritage Arts Society was incorporated in the province of British Columbia in 1990 for the purpose of promoting the arts through education, training and performance. CHAS became a registered charitable organization in 1991 and commenced a highly acclaimed national touring program in 1992. The tour went from mile zero on the west coast to mile zero on the east coast and back again, then up to the territories, with 125 company members from every region of Canada. Titled Experience Canada, the tour included presentations of the showSpirit of a Nation, created by the artistic directors of the Canadian Heritage Arts Society, which reached over 800,000 people in person at festivals, schools and theatres. It was also nationally televised, featured in the Canada Day stage and television show from Parliament Hill; debuted a David Foster/Roch Voisine song; performed with Céline Dion; and a televised documentary about Experience Canada continued to be aired for the next few years.

This outstandingly successful venture lead to many invitations to return for repeat engagements. In 1993, the Society accepted the invitation of the Confederation Centre of the Arts to present Spirit of a Nation all summer long at its Charlottetown Festival in Prince Edward Island. One of the main reasons Confederation Centre was chosen was the opportunity it offered for Dunning and Lemay to further develop the performing arts training component for the participants in Spirit of a Nation. Popular demand resulted in CHAS and the Confederation Centre continuing a proud relationship for four years.

In the summer of 1997, CHAS brought Spirit of a Nation and its now renowned training program, home to Victoria, British Columbia. The Canadian College of Performing Arts was founded in 1998.

Our Programs How We Do It

The Canadian College of Performing Arts offers a two-year (September-April x2) intensive certificate programs and a 1/2 year III diploma program developed in response to demand for more of the outstandingly successful training offered through Spirit of a Nation. Expert instruction is offered in the comprehensive skills required for a stage or screen career as a singer, actor, dancer and/or in Musical Theatre.

Currently there is no one-year college feeder programme in Canada offering the full complement of studies in acting, singing, dancing and musical theatre like the Canadian College of Performing Arts. The Directors of the college, Ron Schuster and Darold Roles, are highly respected professionals in the field of performing arts in all of the crucial areas of production, training and fiscal responsibility.

CCPA offers a broad scope of studies led by seasoned professional instructors which will prepare students for versatility and longevity in the entertainment industry. Students are given instruction at international performance standards in order to give them every advantage in seeking jobs in Canada or around the world. Instruction is tailored to meet the needs of high school, university or college graduates.

The program is intent on introducing the students to:

  • a complete understanding of the nature of a career in theatre;
  • the physical rigors required in rehearsal and performance;
  • the variety of skills which are most beneficial to a long and successful career;
  • the level of skills required to garner professional contracts; an understanding of the business, i.e., agents, unions, taxes, contracts, resumes;
  • means of developing the individual's unique talents in order that they might reach their goals and make the best choices for their continued studies and career.

What You Can Do

Grants and donations to the College/Society would allow us to develop a plan for long-term growth and sustainability.


Steven Seltzer
Communications/Marketing Manager
Charitable Number: 131341356RR0001

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