Ambrose University Undergraduate Viewbook
Act on your passion for performing arts!

Your career as a professional actor, director, playwright or theatre major gets off to a great start in this two-year intensive program. Experiential learning grounds you in the art and industry of theatre and gives you a solid foundation the most essential element of theatre: acting. Through every class and experience, you learn how to be a storyteller who tells the truth with artistry, while becoming a confident and versatile performer.

Collaborate, produce and complete internships within the Calgary theatre community. 

So here's the deal:

You'll study with your cohort for two years to complete your Diploma in Acting.

Take 20 credits per semester [that's 40 a year] for a total of 80 credits.

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Your Future

This is your career

Develop the skills of a confident and versatile performer as you learn about all aspect of theatre craft. By pursuing honesty in all that you do, you'll encounter your fears and your faith and transform yourself, which will inspire you to transform your culture through your art.

This is where you can go

Here's a sampling of the jobs our alumni have landed with this degree or entered through further studies:

  • Professional Actor
  • Director
  • Playwright
  • Theatre Management


students involved in a leadership position

Beyond the Classroom

The acting program is based on a mentorship and discipleship model to connect you with instructors who are actively involved in the Calgary theatre community. Through an internship in the industry, you’ll also get an inside look at the world of professional theatre and make valuable connections.  Discover where your strengths lie and build solid connections in the local theatre community through collaboration, production and internships.

Faculty & Staff


Barrett Hileman, MFA

+1 (403) 410-2000 ext. 6901
Chair, Arts
Director of Theatre
Lecturer, Theatre
val lieske associate director ambrose acting

Val Lieske, BA

+1 (403) 410-2000 ext. 6912
Associate Director of Theatre
Sessional Faculty Ballet

Tyler Day

Sessional Faculty - Ballet
Sessional Instructor Technical Theatre

Anton deGroot

Sessional Faculty - Technical Theatre
Sessional Instructor Movement

Sheahan Keinick

Sessional Faculty - Movement
Ambrose Theatre Instructor

Tara Laberge, DMA, MMus, BMus

Sessional Instructor - Vocal Production, Art & Faith
Sessional Instructor - Theatre

Krista Marushy, BA, MFA

Sessional Instructor - Intro to Theatre
Sessional Faculty Dance Fundamentals

Chantal Gander, MA, BA

Sessional Faculty - Dance Fundamentals
Sessional Faculty Art History

Kristen Pauch-Nolin, MFA

Sessional Faculty - Art History