Conservatory Company

Ages 18-29

Cast of cabaret performing on stage

Our next show is Spring Awakening

August 9, 10, 15, 16 & 17 at 7:30 pm
August 11, 17 & 18 at 2:00 pm


The Conservatory Company program aims to provide a continuation of Theatre Ancaster program opportunities for young adults, with considerations of student timelines and summer work schedules. This program focuses on access to leadership opportunities in building capacity for the theatre company’s future and offers more diversity in our show selection, aimed at a more mature audience.  The Company is open to all adults who have completed secondary school up to age 29.

Our inaugural production of Rent was a huge success. As a result, we have expanded our performance dates to run over 2 weekends.

Auditions occur annually in February.

This program is ideal for a variety of young adults:

  • who have finished their undergraduate degree and are settling in the Hamilton area
  • who have graduated from our Stage 3 Young Company
  • who prefer May – August rehearsal schedules
  • looking for a way to maintain their skill set over the summer months

The Conservatory Company program offers professional workshops to its participants.


$200 to cover the cost of specific, show-relevant workshops by professional artists

Program Dates/Times:
May – August, 2024
Tuesdays 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Thursdays 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Sundays 12:00 – 5:00 pm

Performance Dates:
August 9, 10, 15, 16 & 17 at 7:30 pm
August 11, 17 & 18 at 2:00 pm


Ancaster Memorial Arts Centre
Peller Hall
357 Wilson Street East
Ancaster, ON, L9G 2C1

Nupi Gokhale

Nupi Gokhale


Since Theatre Ancaster’s inception in 1997, Nupi has performed, choreographed, stage managed, directed, produced and served as its Director of Youth Programming for ten years, Vice-President for five and currently serves as the company’s President since 2013. Favorite directing credits include Beauty and the Beast, Shrek and Mamma Mia!. She holds degrees from Queen’s University and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (U of T). Nupi’s love of theatre and education have allowed her to build both careers simultaneously. After two decades teaching in the Grand Erie D.S.B, Nupi is now an administrator, first collaborating as an artistic director of a private arts high school in Burlington, and now as a Vice-Principal in the Hamilton-Wentworth DSB.

Her commitment to Theatre Ancaster is credited to amazingly talented community volunteers. As co-creator of our Jitterbugs Program when her children were toddlers, she is elated at the opportunity to bookend that with the latest TA program, this time working alongside her kids, for the kid in all of us! The Conservatory Company is the perfect next step for students and young adults who love theatre but are having trouble finding a way to fit it into their studies or work schedules. The program also provides leadership opportunities to emerging artists who plan to become more involved in production roles. All the more exciting that we begin this journey, performing in our new theatre home.


What is the difference between the Conservatory Company versus a Mainstage Company?

There are a few key differences between our Conservatory program and our Mainstage productions. The main difference is that the Mainstage is our professional performance series that is not built around a teaching philosophy. Our Mainstage shows are the pillars of our organization and are performed and produced at a very high calibre. The Conservatory is a new program for young adults. To audition you must be finished high school and be between 18-29 years old. The selection of shows is also catered to a younger demographic in terms of roles and audience appeal. The production values of staging, direction, production values, choreography and theatre venue are identical. Conservatory performers will be given access to Theatre Ancaster costumes, sets, props, marketing campaigns as well as venue and rehearsal halls. Our expectation is that this company will highlight the most talented 20-somethings in the Hamilton area. The Conservatory Company is also led by qualified Theatre Ancaster production staff but with an emphasis on inviting people into leadership roles who may not have previously had the opportunity.

What are the qualifications of the creative team?

As with all Theatre Ancaster productions, our creative team is comprised of working artists and educators in musical theatre. As with all production roles in Conservatory, the emphasis is on a collaborative team approach to build capacity for future mainstage creative leaders and production heads.

How do I know what to prepare for an audition?

Visit the audition page of our website for detailed information on the types of songs to select and how to approach music tracks for both online and in-person auditions.

Is it better to do an in-person or a zoom audition?

There is no one way that is best to audition. Both options are available because many of our auditioners are students who may/may not be able to get to Hamilton in person. In this way, the audition process is equitable for all who are interested.

Should I audition for Conservatory if I have never performed on stage before?

Like all Theatre Ancaster productions, we do expect a good turnout for auditions. If you have a strong voice or dance background, you should consider auditioning, even if you have never performed live theatre. However, if you are nervous to sing or dance for the first time and have never performed before, we suggest that you build up your confidence and return to us when you feel ready. Obtaining roles in medium sized shows can be competitive.

Do I have to take on a production role even if I am not creative in that way?

You do not have to lead a production department, i.e. make-up, if you do not feel qualified. You do have to participate in a crew for at least one production area.


  • paint a set piece if given instructions and guidance
  • purchase props from a store required for the show
  • edit the playbill
  • take photographs or video clips for social media
What if I have a family vacation scheduled for July or August?

As long as you are transparent with your stage manager when you are offered a part and the absence is manageable, we should be able to work around week-long vacations, excluding tech week and performance dates.

When do I pay my fee?

The fee is paid after auditions are completed and the cast is selected and PRIOR to the first in person rehearsal in May.

What is your refund policy?

If a participant needs to withdraw from the program for any reason, 

100% of the registration fee will be refunded before the beginning of the program.  
75% of the registration fee will be refunded after the first class/rehearsal.
50% of the registration fee will be available after the second or third class/rehearsal.
No refunds will be issued after four classes/rehearsals.

All refunds at the participant’s request will be subject to a $25 administration fee.