Who Are We?

The O'Neill Performing Arts program gives students specialized instruction in dance, drama, vocal music, and instrumental. We offer advanced courses, clubs, and opportunities to nurture and support P.A. students while they pursue their passion for the arts. O'Neill's Performing Arts program serves students from grade 9 - 12. Students in the program must take at least 6 arts credits over their high school career to recieve their arts certificate at graduation, and 8 arts credits to obtain the O'Neill Performing Arts Certificate. However, they are encouraged to take more if they'd like!

Located at O'Neill C.V.I. in Oshawa, the performing arts program is available to both in-region and out-of-region students! 

Program Details

- First began in 1988

- Students in the P.A. program still take regular high school courses (maths, 

  sciences, languages, etc.)

- Currently, P.A. classes are running in quadmesters 2 and 4


What are we?

O’Neill’s Performing Arts program provides opportunities for students to share their passion and love of performing in an arts-enriched atmosphere, developing their confidence, creative expression, communication and collaborative skills.



What do we do?

We create, explore, discover and learn together, fostering a deep and rich sense of community as we share our gifts. These meaningful moments help us to learn about ourselves, build character and share the joy of expressing our craft.

History and tradition

The O’Neill Performing Arts program has thrived in the Durham Region since its humble beginnings in 1988. For over thirty years, it has earned a reputation of excellence across Canada and further abroad. Students in the program experience and develop both their creative and performance skills in dance, drama, vocal and instrumental music. Many students have continued their arts studies at the post-secondary level and beyond, whilst others have maintained their love of the arts while pursuing alternate career paths.  

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We have un-auditioned courses too!


O’Neill’s Open Arts program is available to all O'Neill students, is taught by many of the same faculty as the audition program. 

Courses are offered in dance, drama, instrumental and vocal music, and do not require an audition. Any student can enroll!

Our Open Arts students benefit from being integrated into many of the same ensembles, workshops, and trips as the audition program.