Theatre is intrinsically collaborative – realized by the integrated creativity of talented individuals.
AMPD’s Theatre program is rooted in the belief that emerging theatre artists thrive when immersed in all facets of theatre-making and provided with experiences that mirror those in the professional world. Through their creative and scholarly practice, students learn to constantly reassess the meaning of their work in the context of our ever-changing society, and to develop the critical thinking to understand and make a contribution to the world around them.
All Theatre students start in the BA program and share a common foundation year. At the end of first year, they branch into a particular program and/or stream according to their interests and goals. Admission to some streams is by audition or interview. Throughout the program, students work together as actors and as members of creative and production teams, and as crew and performers in Theatre @ York productions.
PROGRAMS AND STREAMS
THEATRE STUDIES (BA Honours)
This program focuses on studies in dramatic and performance theory, criticism and history, and theatre in education. Students may choose to specialize in Playwriting and New Play Dramaturgy, learning to write for the stage, or Devised Theatre focusing on group creation of original works, incorporating all elements of playmaking from writing, design and management to performance.
PRODUCTION AND DESIGN (BFA Honours)
Combining hands-on technical skills with the creative aspects of theatre as storytelling, this program engages students in all elements of theatrical design and stage production. Courses in sound, lighting, scenery and costume design and construction are complemented by studies in technical direction and management.
ACTING CONSERVATORY (BFA Honours)
With intensive studies in acting, movement and voice, the Acting Conservatory takes students deep into scene study, script analysis and character development. Upper year Conservatory members are cast in Theatre @ York’s mainstage shows, where they tackle some of the big cultural and political debates facing society while exploring classic and contemporary plays from Canada and around the world.
PERFORMANCES AND FESTIVALS
The Department of Theatre mounts an annual season of public events showcasing student work. Almost every aspect of Theatre @ York productions is imagined and realized by students under the mentorship of faculty and guest artists. Student-authored works are presented in the playGround Festival, site-specific Ashley Plays, Devised Theatre projects, and the playwrights’ class, Telling Tales Out of School. The Scenes by Design exhibition features work by production and design students.
Concurrent Degree Studies in Education
Theatre students may apply for concurrent degree studies with the Faculty of Education.
Honours Minors in Theatre Production and in Theatre Studies are available to students majoring in other programs in AMPD and across York.