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Get creative at the Surrey Arts Centre! Surrey Civic Theatres offers performing arts classes, workshops, and day camps for children, youth, and adults.

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We encourage early registration. At least 1 week prior is ideal: use WebReg or call 604-501-5100.

Spring Break 2017 Day Camp


Preteen Acting Extreme - SOLD OUT
Bring a play to life in a week, and invite family and friends to the final performance!
March 13 to 17, 2017 from 9am to 3pm | Ages 8 to 12 | $199
5 sessions | Registration #4512042

Spring 2017 Classes and Workshops

Children and Youth

Acting for the Camera
Want to be on camera? Learn camera techniques and practice auditioning for commercials, film, and TV.
April 18 to June 6, 2017 from 3:30 to 5:30pm (no class May 23) | Ages 9 to 15 | $139
7 sessions | Registration #4521300

Auditioning for Film, TV, and Stage
Work with sides, scenes, and soliloquies, as you learn the various ways of getting in the door whether you want to get on stage or in front of a camera.
April 18 to June 6, 2017 from 6 to 8pm (no class May 23) | Ages 9 to 15 | $139
7 sessions | Registration #4521291


Social Skills Through Drama

Acting is not only fun it can teach you valuable life and social skills. Games, movement, improvisation, voice, and script work are all part of this fun and challenging acting class! Theatre professionals create an encouraging atmosphere where everyone feels at ease.
April 19 to June 7, 2017 from 6:30 to 8pm (no class May 24) | Ages 13 to 18 | $105
7 sessions | Registration #4521328

Theatre Makers Creation Workshop
Are you hungry to develop your own performance strategies and crafts through hands-on experience?
This one-of-a kind workshop—in Surrey, Burnaby, and Vancouver—will guide you through a process of original theatrical creation using ‘adaptation’ as the theme. Get ready to be inspired as you work with professional performance creators and craftspeople across a variety of practices such as theatre, music, dance, multi-media, and spoken word as well as production design and management. Alongside this process, professional theatre artist, Susan Bertoia, will assist you to distill and craft this inspiration into an original piece that will be performed at the final showcase in September. You can choose to work as a solo artist or as part of a group within the class.
Experience welcome, but NOT required. What matters is that you want to be there!
Co-presented by PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and Surrey Civic Theatres
Supported by Vancouver Foundation
April 9 to June 4, 2017 (no class April 16) from 10am to 4pm | Ages 15 to 19 | $20 + Lunches Included
8 sessions + performance | Registration #4523648

Schedule subject to change

Date Location
April 9 Surrey Arts Centre, Studio Theatre
April 16 no class
April 23 Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby
April 30 The Post at 750, Vancouver (adjacent to CBC Building)
May 7 Surrey Arts Centre, Program Room
May 14 Surrey Arts Centre, Studio Theatre
May 21 Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby
May 28 The Post at 750, Vancouver (adjacent to CBC Building)
June 4 Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby
Sept 16 Performance at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby. (Note: Rehearsal schedule prior to performance to be determined. Likely to be Sept 10 to 5 from 4 to 7:30pm at the Shadbolt Centre)


Adults Acting Out
Are you a secret thespian? Step into the limelight with other Adults Acting Out. This fun and engaging class, led by theatre professionals, explores fundamental skills for the stage and screen through games, exercises, improv, monologues, and scene work. No experience necessary (but imagination is a must!)
April 20 to June 8, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30pm (no classes on May 4 or 25) | $120
6 sessions | Registration #4521393

Stand-Up Comedy

Getting a laugh can be one of the most exhilarating of feelings. In this workshop, stand-up comedy will bring together your life stories with a punchline. You’ll learn to be your authentic self while getting smiles and downright belly laughs. We will work collaboratively to generate the jokes and personal performing style of each class member using some tried and true formulas. And of course you’ll get to show off your material with a showcase at the last session. All experience levels welcome. Taught by Janice Bannister of Laughter Zone 101
April 11 to May 9, 2017 from 12:30 to 2:30pm: Classes
May 16, 2017 from 5:30 to 6:30pm: Rehearsal
May 16, 2017 from 7:30 to 9:30pm: Showcase
6 sessions (including showcase) | $180
Registration #4522141

Love to Sing - Try It!
Try the first class of 'Love to Sing' for free
April 12, 2017 from 2 to 4pm | FREE
1 session | Registration #4521313

Love to Sing - Level 1
Learn vocal techniques and secrets used by the professionals and apply them to your favourite songs!
April 19 to June 7 (no class May 24) from 2 to 4pm | $69
7 sessions | Registration #4521314

Love to Sing - Level 2
Take it to the next level! Enhance and fine tune the vocal techniques you learned in Level 1.
April 20 to June 8, 2017 (no class May 24) from 2 to 4pm | $69
7 sessions | Registration #4521315

Summer 2017 Classes and Daycamps

Registration available April 18, 2017


Art of Theatre

Amazing things happen when visual arts meet the theatre! You'll use your voice and body to bring a character to life, produce original costumes and props, then show your stuff in the final performance for family and friends.
Jul 24 to 28, 2017 9am–3pm | Ages 8–12 | $199
5 sessions
Registration #4530018

I AM Game and Hip Hop

Spend a half-day on the field in Bear Creek Park with the I AM Game program and enjoy a variety of games that build movement and sport skills. Then spend the other half on stage at the Surrey Arts Centre learning the ins and outs, ups and downs of Hip Hop and breakdance.
Jul 31 to Aug 4, 2017 9am–3pm | Ages 9–12 | $199
5 sessions
Registration #4530015

Preteen Acting Extreme

Bring a play to life in a week, and invite family and friends to the final performance!
Jul 17 to 21, 2017 9am–3pm | Ages 8–12 | $199
5 sessions
Registration #4530014


The Arts Club Musical Theatre Intensive

Love to act, sing, and dance? You'll be immersed in the kind of training typically found only at the post-secondary level. You’ll increase confidence and take your skills to the next level!
Note: For this program you need to apply first—see the MTI page for details and the application form.
Jul 4 to 8 and 10 to 14, 2017 10am–4pm | Ages 12–16 | $520
10 sessions
Registration #4530012 | Apply Here

(To clarify: the program runs for two weeks. In the first week classes will run Tuesday through Saturday. In the second week classes will run Monday through Friday.)


Move It! Community Dance Project
Experience the joy of moving in this fun, funky, and free dance-making community workshop! No experience necessary—all ages, cultures, shapes, and sizes welcome. In partnership with Joe Ink.
Aug 8 to 18, 2017 10am–noon | Ages 3+ | FREE
9 sessions
Online registration not available for Move It! Instead, to register call 604.501.5566 and press 0.
Registration # for 12 & under: 4530016 Note: Children 12 and under must be with a registered participating adult.
Registration # for 13 & over: 4530017


Do you have ideas for a class that you don’t see listed? Drop our Performing Arts Education Programmer an email and let us know.