If you’ve dreamed of becoming an actor, a director, a playwright or a production designer, or exploring the world of dramatic literature, history, theory and criticism, the Department of Theatre in York’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD) is the place to make it happen. As one of the largest and most comprehensive theatre programs in Canada, we combine in-depth academic studies and rigorous practical training in all aspects of theatre, along with the chance to ignite career paths the world has yet to imagine.
Find your creative expression in AMPD’s rehearsal studios, lighting lab, drafting and design studios, or carpentry and wardrobe shops. Share your creations using a wide range of specialized, professional facilities for performance. AMPD’s Department of Theatre is the launch pad for a generation of Canadian talent and the place to start making your mark in the world.
Unleash your creativity as part of a talented community of students, and practicing onstage, backstage and front-of-house professionals. Connect with our global network of alumni, including Hollywood A-lister Rachel McAdams; stage director Weyni Mengesha; and David Hein, who has designed more than 60 North American stage productions.
AMPD’s Department of Theatre is the place for interdisciplinary exploration. Hone your craft while pushing the boundaries of performance studies and practice with your fellow artists from across campus — including film, music, dance, digital media, and others — as well as artists in Toronto’s vibrant theatre community.
Learn from top industry professionals and gain exposure at the Harbourfront Centre or Canadian Stage Company, AMPD’s partners in performing arts and large-scale theatre directing. You can also showcase your creativity in workshop productions, AMPD’s playground Festival of original student works, and Theatre@York’s annual season of classical and contemporary plays.