Canada’s only multi-year paid professional training program for Canada’s brightest talent.

The Academy is composed of actors, designers, directors, playwrights, and producers. The curriculum aims to develop theatre artists who will, upon graduation, be ready to create, contribute to, and work with Soulpepper and other professional performing arts companies. Soulpepper strives to play a significant role in the development of future generations of theatre artists through the Soulpepper Academy. This full-time, paid training program was launched in 2006.


Leah Cherniak, Associate Head
Alan Dilworth, Head of Directing
Tania Senewiratne, Head of Producing
Mike Ross, Head of Music
Lorenzo Savoini, Head of Design
Guillermo Verdecchia, Head of Playwriting
Samantha Semczyszyn, Academy Administrator

Acting Faculty

Daniel Brooks
Leah Cherniak
Diego Matamoros
Nancy Palk
Joseph Ziegler

We gratefully acknowledge the following supporters of the Soulpepper Academy and the philanthropic support of Soulpepper's Artistic Director’s Circle