The Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts is a Toronto theatre school specializing in training those who aspire to successful careers in the performing arts. More than just a musical theatre school, the Randolph Academy transforms performers into multi-talented professionals through a rigorous Triple Threat® training program. Triple Threat training integrates and puts equal emphasis on the study of the core disciplines of acting, vocal, and dance. College students:
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Duration: 3 Academic Years completed in 24 months
Location: Downtown Toronto
Intakes: September and January
Tuition - domestic: $8,755 per Academic Year (3 Academic Years in total)
Contact Hours: 2,142
Accreditation: Registered as a private career college under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005
Students graduate from the Randolph Academy college program not only with well-rounded skills as a Triple Threat performer, but also a better defined sense of self.
Performers have to put themselves on the line every time they get in front of an audience because their goal as a storyteller is to help the playwright/lyricist, composer, choreographer, words, notes, etc. to come off the page. Important stories are hooked in to a common pulse that is the human experience.~ Darlene Spencer, Artistic Director (2009-2016)
Acting is the art of self-revelation. While a student can learn the craft, it is the person –- emotional, physical, intellectual, energetic/spiritual self -- that brings the work to life. That is why acting is the foundation of the Randolph Academy college program curriculum. With these roots, dance steps and music notes transcend mere technique to create performances that affect audiences.
We have a responsibility to turn out more than a singer-dancer-actor. We must turn out a whole person -- someone with a good work ethic and a sense of responsibility who is able to work with an ensemble.~ Ron Singer, Artistic Director Emeritus
While each student embarks on a journey of self-revelation, they also relate to each other by discovering commonalities and respect each other by celebrating their differences. This experience, which requires vulnerability, trust, and risk-taking, creates an indefinable bond between students, and builds an ensemble within which they can explore and enjoy positive working relationships. While the ensemble coalesces, the individual is strengthened as a performer, as they discover their own uniqueness of character. Instructors support this ensemble spirit; as professionals in the industry, they themselves are conscious of how much courage it takes to present personal work to be evaluated, and pass on knowledge and techniques based on personal experience.
All these elements comprise a conservatory environment where everybody engages in coursework that enhances a successful career and life in the arts.
Coursework is undertaken in three Academic Years completed over a 24-month period. Each Academic Year is comprised of two terms of study, each 14 weeks long. Students spend an average of 27 hours per week in classes and related activities: 27 hours/week in Year One, 26 hours/week in Year Two, and 28 hours/week in Year Three. A total of 40 credits is required to earn the Performing Arts Diploma.
Courses in the Acting Division range from Voice and Text to Improv to Scene Study. Students begin with exploring the context of theatre through an extensive Theatre History course that involves both a lecture and a production component. Also in 1st term, the concept of Movement for Actors is introduced with Stage Combat. Acting courses also include professional development workshops in seeking representation, as well as preparing headshots and resumes, and culminates in a contemporary play production during the final year.
Concepts of bringing acting into vocal presentation are introduced and expanded in the Vocal Division’s signature course Music Theatre Presentation, which is taken throughout the program. Student undertake a thorough exploration of the origins and genesis of musical theatre in the lecture and production components of Musical Theatre History. Individual vocal instruction is also offered through weekly private vocal tutorials and coachings. Students also learn the importance of group singing in men’s and women’s choruses and a chorale encompassing the entire student body. Training culminates in a musical production during the final year with a professional director, music director, and choreographer.
Students receive training in ballet, jazz, and tap in the Dance Division. Students are assessed each term and placed in one of six levels of each dance discipline, ranging from pre-beginner to intermediate to advanced.
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Since 2008, the Randolph Academy has had an ongoing relationship with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama) in Glasgow, Scotland. Upon graduation, students may audition for acceptance into the RCS’s one-year Masters in Music Theatre Performance program. RCS accepts up to 20 students per year from around the world for this prestigious program, Since 2008, over a dozen Randolph Academy alumni have attended. RCS faculty also visit the Academy twice a year to lead performance-based workshops.
Through this relationship with the RCS, Randolph Academy college alumni, who already earn a diploma in 2/3 the time of comparable programs, can gain additional skills and join the industry faster than others pursuing similar training.