Studio 58

Studio 58 is a professional theatre training school in Vancouver, Canada. A part of Langara College's Theatre Arts Program, the school offers a three-year program for acting students and a two-year program for production students. A Bachelor of Fine Arts is offered with an additional year of study through a partnership with Capilano University. It is distinguished as one of the top theatre schools in Canada and the only conservatory-style theatre training program in Western Canada.[1][2]

Studio 58
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Former names
Arts program, Vancouver City College (1965 - 1970)
Established1965 (1965)
Artistic DirectorKathryn Shaw
Academic staff
Administrative staff
StudentsApprox. 76
Location, ,
49°13′30″N 123°6′30″W / 49.22500°N 123.10833°W / 49.22500; -123.10833Coordinates: 49°13′30″N 123°6′30″W / 49.22500°N 123.10833°W / 49.22500; -123.10833
CampusVancouver (Urban)
Colours     Black
AffiliationsACCC, CBIE, CUP
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The school auditions hundreds of people across Canada but only sixteen students are accepted per semester. The school has around 72 students for both its three-year acting program and two-year production program. Studio 58 operates a small theatre and presents 4 full-length productions annually as well as a smaller presentation of a student created show in a separate space. Professional directors and designers are hired to work on each production, and occasionally guest performing artists. Studio 58 productions are open to the public and reviewed by the Vancouver media.[3]


The school was founded in 1965 as a small theatre arts course first held on the King Edward Campus of Vancouver City College, now Vancouver Community College.[4] Led under the direction of Antony Holland the course grew into a full program. In 1970, the program moved to new facilities on the Langara Campus and became known as Studio 58, named after the room number of the original theatre space.[5] The theatre program has subsequently moved into new buildings but the name remains to this day.

In 1985, Holland stepped down as the Artistic Director and Kathryn Shaw stepped into the role. The same year, Jane Heyman moved into the newly formed position as Associated Director until 2005. She was replaced by David Hudgins, a graduate of the program.

Development in 2012 led to a partnership of theatre programs in Vancouver where a Bachelor of Fine Arts is offered graduates through an additional year of study at Capilano University.

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  1. ^ Paula Jessop. "Carmen Aguirre". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2012-12-31.
  2. ^ Patrick McDonagh (2002). "The Stagecraft Legacy: Teaching Theatre in Canada 1960-2000". National Theatre School of Canada. Archived from the original on 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2012-12-31.
  3. ^ Colin Thomas (31 January 2011). "Studio 58's production of The Comedy of Errors is like fireworks". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved 2012-12-31.
  4. ^ Christopher Dafoe (12 April 1973). "Intelligent restraint marks student acting". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2012-12-31.
  5. ^ "Studio 58". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 2012-12-31.
  6. ^ Kissinger, Michael (March 2, 2007). "Invisible woman gives geeky teenagers, German lesbians a voice". Vancouver Courier. Postmedia. p. 39.

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