The Kaleidoscope Young Company

A pre-professional training and mentorship program for ages 13-18

By Audition Only

Since 2001, Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People’s Young Company program has introduced hundreds of aspiring young performers to the inner workings of a professional theatre production. Alumni of the Kaleidoscope Young Company program can be seen on stages across the country, including at the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, and on film and television around the world.

Twenty years later, KTYP continues the tradition of the Kaleidoscope Young Company providing training at the highest calibre for a dedicated group of young artists who are serious about pursuing a career in the performing arts.

About the Kaleidoscope Young Company

Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People is Vancouver Island’s resident professional theatre company for young audiences, producing year-round entertainment for children and families. Through the company’s theatre school, the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Studio, aspiring young performers train in acting, musical theatre, and voice under the guidance of working professional artists. Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People is a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT).

The Kaleidoscope Young Company is a demanding pre-professional training program.

Over the course of the program, the Kaleidoscope Young Company will participate in curated workshops led by industry professionals from across the Country while working on a public presentation of a published play.

Information about the 2022-2023 Kaleidoscope Young Company Program will be coming soon. 

The adapted program will run again in 2022 with the hopes to return to the regular program in 2023. 

In a normal season, participants will work beside Kaleidoscope’s esteemed team of industry artists made up of professional actors, directors, designers, and stage management. The rehearsal period is full-time and offers the experience of being part of a professional theatre company. The program culminates in a full-production performance run at Victoria’s McPherson Playhouse, and is one of the largest, local holiday theatrical offerings each year.

The Kaleidoscope Young Company program provides students with fundamental acting training. Specialty weekend workshops begin each September where students work on developing their skillset as a performer through improv, movement, voice work and partnered scene study. This program serves as an excellent introduction to the world of professional theatre!

Admission to the Kaleidoscope Young Company program is by audition only.

Completion of a Kaleidoscope Foundations or Intermediate level program is highly recommended but not required.

How to Apply

Admission to the Kaleidoscope Young Company is by audition only and limited to 6 participants.

  • Application Deadline: TBC
  • Notification of Acceptance: TBC
Audition Submission Requirements

1 – An application video (shared as a link via youtube, dropbox, google drive, etc. – No attached files)

Please include the following information in your video (editing permitted):

  • A short introduction of who YOU are. Tell us a little bit about yourself, what you want to get from the program and why you think you would be a great fit.
  • A monologue from a published play that showcases your acting abilities. Make sure this is from an established work and not a self written piece. Please introduce this selection.
  • Optional: Include a short song (musical theatre or classical repertoire only), instrumental piece (piano, guitar or other) or dance to showcase your abilities. Please introduce this selection. This is optional and not required.

2 – A headshot or recent photograph (School photos work too)

3 – A performance resume indicating your past performance experience and training experience. Include any special skills (eg. piano/guitar skills, languages etc.)

4 – A cover letter answering the following question: What does being an environmentalist mean to you? What does it look like and why is it important?

Please send your applications in ONE EMAIL to: education@kaleidoscope.bc.ca. The subject of the email should include the program name and your name. For example: Young Company Audition – Jane Doe

KTYP is an equal opportunity company. Decisions by KTYP concerning casting, involvement, and every aspect of the individual’s relationship and participation with KTYP are based on talent and qualifications without regard to race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, ability, nationality or ethnic origin, disability, and/or other categories protected by law. KTYP is dedicated to reflecting Canada’s rich mosaic of cultural diversity and encourages submissions from artists of all ethnocultural backgrounds.