Information for Students
Courses in Theatre | Course Material Fees | Productions and Workshops
Advising in the Dept of Theatre | Prime Time
Surprise! Surprise! | playGround
Holidays | Lockers | Lost and Found
Wardrobe Policy | Toronto Theatre Tickets | Year End Clean-Up
Mask Making for TiJean and His Brothers (Fall 2010)
Three-credit courses usually meet between three to eight hours a week for one term. Six-credit, non-studio courses meet either three or four hours a week for the entire academic year. Six-credit, studio courses meet either six or eight hours a week for the whole year. Additional rehearsal and/or crew hours are often required.
All Theatre courses require payment of material fees to cover costs of materials distributed to the students. Such fees are added to your tuition.
Each year, a number of productions and workshops are presented by various ensembles of third- and fourth-year undergraduate acting students and first- and second-year graduate students,
Productions are fully mounted shows that are a part of Theatre @ York, usually three a year, featuring fourth year acting students and/or MFA acting students, supported by production and dramaturgy students from all four years, and directed by guest directors, graduate students or faculty members. They are as complete in all elements, including lights, sound, sets, props, costumes and front-of-house as budgetary constraints permit. They provide a wide array of production assignments, and involve a large number of people in crew work. These shows are open to the public, admission is charged, and every effort is made to offer a professional level of presentation.
Workshops are unmounted shows, presented in the studios to non-paying audiences, with minimal technical support. They emphasize the work of actors and are to be considered as exercise pieces. In addition to productions and workshops presented by the Department, there are a plethoria of student-generated shows including the annual playGround festival of experimental new work. Also Devised Theatre, playwrights and some studies courses produce shows with varying levels of departmental support. There is plenty to see and plenty to be involved in!
Plays for productions and workshops are chosen to give as wide a range as possible of opportunities for students to build upon their current levels of training. The major roles and production positions will be assigned to students in their upper years, but some roles and positions may be filled from other years. The additional (usually smaller) roles will be cast through open audition of members of the casting pool, consisting of all Theatre students except second-, third- and fourth year acting students.
All Theatre majors are expected as a matter of course to attend all mounted productions of the Department. At least one performance, usually the final dress rehearsal, will be open as a ‘pay what you can’. This money helps support the student bursary.
Advising is recommended to students to ascertain progress and for individual direction. Students are assigned to a faculty advisor in September and may meet with their advisor as often as is necessary. There is a compulsory meeting with advisors in both terms. We will provide information about the compulsory meetings at the start of each term.
Prime Time, a forum for announcements and guest speakers, is held on specified Wednesdays during the year starting at 11:30am. Prime Time is a requirement of all first year Theatre majors and is open to the rest of the Department. Prime Time is also an opportunity for students to meet professionals working in Canada and abroad to discuss theatre issues. Directors, actors, designers, managers, agents, and writers are among the many interesting guests invited to share their experience.
In early spring, there is a special Prime Time meeting outlining the steps to take into upper year areas of concentration. In this special session, representatives from each area will discuss the structure and attributes of their area. Details about dates and deadlines to apply to the various choices of area of concentration will be provided at this meeting.
Announcements are usually made in the THEA 1100 or THEA 1200 classes. Students should also watch the Department’s "call boards" for dates and guests - they are found backstage of the Joseph G. Green Studio Theatre - and the third-floor board..
This subscription series allows students to see professional productions downtown at very reasonable prices and is, in fact, a convenient way of meeting the four off-campus productions requirement. The fee for Surprise! Surprise! is collected with tuition for all first, second and third year students. Tickets for these shows are available through the Department of Theatre office, CFT 322.
playGround is a "fringe" festival format organized by upper-level students, primarily presenting the work of playwrights and directors. playGround is planned within the overall Department schedule. Special student projects are organized through the Theatre Student Association (TSA) and with faculty assistance.
The Department attempts to schedule rehearsal calls, crew calls and production work in consideration of official University policies regarding holidays and holy days. However, students are cautioned that just as the profession of theatre does not adhere to such standards, the Department may find it necessary to schedule calls on such days.
Lockers are available for rent at the beginning of the school year. All lockers must be cleared out by April 30th; any items left behind will be discarded.
If you lose something in any of the Fine Arts/Theatre spaces (or if you find something!) please check with the Department of Theatre, 320 CFT. Lost articles are often brought to our offices by people or caretakers who have found them. The University maintains a Lost and Found Office in N101 Ross Building, Ext. 33369.
Theatre students have access to the wardrobe for projects that are not part of the main Theatre @ York productions. The Department of Theatre has a policy in place with respect to wardrobe: Students cannot individually borrow items from the costume shop. In consultation with their instructor, a class representative can make arrangements with the costume shop for items needed by the class, as a whole. The student representative is required to contact the costume shop during designated hours, when a work-study student is scheduled. Students may then sign out wardrobe items for use in a project. A damage/cleaning deposit is left until the items are cleaned and returned.
Toronto’s professional theatre community often offers York Theatre students free and discounted tickets for their performances, usually for their previews. Be sure to check the bulletin board in the hallway for notices - we post T.O. TIX notices every week.
The Department of Theatre strives to maintain a clean and safe working environment for all students. During the school year, it is important that you assist us in this effort by keeping your own workspace tidy and by putting away unused materials, tools and equipment. At the end of each academic year, the Department undertakes a thorough cleaning. Be sure to take your work with you when you leave at the end of the year - any work left behind by students will be discarded.