Admission to the BA in Theatre (BA Honours) program is based both on academic performance and artistic merit. Academic admissibility is assessed by York University, while artistic merit is evaluated by the Department of Theatre. Therefore, the application to the Theatre program is a two-step process..
Applications to this program are accepted for Fall (September) entry only.
You may apply to more than one AMPD program; however you must apply separately to each one.
Step 1: Apply to York University
Current York University students interested in transferring to the program should contact the Department of Theatre directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
Step 2: Complete the Supplementary Evaluation
In addition to applying for admission to York through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) or York University’s Application, applicants to the Theatre program must complete a Supplementary Evaluation.
Once you have applied to the program you will receive an email that will include your reference ID and directions for completing the supplementary evaluation. This email will be sent approximately 5-10 business days after you submit your application. If you are applying to more than one AMPD program, you must complete a separate Supplementary Evaluation for each one.
The questionnaire, letter of recommendation and audition are intended to help us learn about your academic and artistic background, interests and goals as they relate to our Theatre program.
A $60 CAD evaluation fee is required to submit your questionnaire. You will then be able to proceed with the audition.
Your Theatre evaluation will consist of your evaluation, followed by a brief personal interview and a writing exercise. You will need to bring a recent photo. Wallet/passport size is sufficient; professional headshots are not necessary.
Theatre Supplementary Evaluation
All applicants must give a public presentation. At this stage we’re not evaluating you as an actor, designer or director etc., but as a theatre student. This prepared presentation is intended to show your ability to communicate in front of a group.
There are six presentation options. Introduce yourself (and your talents) to us by offering us a rehearsed presentation (3 mins max) of one of the following. Choose the option you feel most comfortable with, that will allow you to reveal the most about yourself.
- Reading or performance of your dramatic writing
- Presentation of your design and/or production portfolio
- Presentation of a critique on a professional theatre production that you’ve seen
- Presentation of an experience you’ve had in production of a play. Discuss a specific theatrical experience you’ve had, whether in directing, stage management, production, design, building or other position you’ve held. Tell us in detail what your role was, what problems you encountered and how you did, or did not, resolve them.
- Presentation of an experience you’ve had teaching theatre
- Performed presentation of a monologue from a published play. Prepare two contrasting monologues (e.g. comedy/drama, classical/contemporary), each no more than 2 -3 minutes in length. Your monologues must be memorized. Begin with the one you feel more confident with. Due to time restrictions, you may not get to present both pieces. Do not be alarmed if this happens.
Tips on choosing monologues:
- use only published plays (songs, poems and your own creations are not appropriate)
- do not choose two pieces from the same play
- do not use a special accent or dialect; we want to hear your own voice
- read the play and know the story- don’t use monologue books! (you may be asked questions about characters)
- choose a character in your own age range
- avoid mime
ii. Personal Interview
Your 5 minute personal interview gives us the opportunity to find out more about you, your interests and expectations, as well as to answer any questions you may have for us. Be prepared to talk about your presentation. We suggest that you write down any specific questions, considerations and/or thoughts you may have about our program ahead of time.
iii. Writing Exercise
You’ll be asked one question about plays you’ve seen recently. This gives you the opportunity to express your own ideas about theatre, as well as to demonstrate your writing abilities.
If possible, try to see several different shows from a variety of companies before your evaluation so you have something to write about! You may also see one of our plays in the Theatre @ York season before you come.
If you find you’re unable to attend this appointment and want to reschedule, visit our Supplementary Evaluation website suppeval.ampd.yorku.ca and go to the Evaluation Appointment option for this program. If you need to change your appointment on very short notice (5 calendar days or less in advance of your original booking), please email us at email@example.com.
Thank you for your interest in our Theatre program! We wish you all the best with your evaluation and look forward to meeting you.
Part 1 – Getting to Know You Please keep this under 5 minutes.
a) Introduce yourself – speak of who you are, your interests and experiences.
b) Please answer the following questions:
- Why do you want to study theatre at York University?
- What do you see as the role of theatre in our society?
- Name a person or play that has influenced your passion for theatre and tell us how.
- If you could create a dream job for yourself, what would it be?
Part 2 – Presentation Please keep this part to 4 – 6 minutes.
You have six presentation options, each of which emphasizes one or more of the areas of specialization in our theatre program. Choose one option only:
- Present your design and/or production portfolio.
- Read or perform an original script that you’ve written.
- Present your critique of a professional theatre production that you’ve seen.
- Tell us about an experience you’ve had teaching theatre.
- Tell us about an experience you’ve had in the production of a play. Discuss a specific theatrical experience you’ve had in directing, stage management, production, design, set building or other position you’ve held. Tell us in detail what your role was, what problems you encountered. and how you did, or did not resolve them.
- Perform two monologues from published plays. Use contrasting monologues (e.g. comedy/drama, classical/contemporary). Each monologue should be no more than 2–3 minutes and memorized. Clearly state the name of the play and the character you are portraying.
- Use only published plays (songs, poems and your own creations aren’t appropriate).
- Read the play and know the story – don’t use monologue books!
- Don’t choose two pieces from the same play.
- Don’t use a special accent or dialect – we want to hear your own voice.
- Choose a character in your own age range (it is not advisable to play either old or very young characters).
- No mime.
Choose the option you feel most comfortable with- the one that will allow you to reveal the most about yourself. Don’t worry about being locked into one area; we understand that you likely have more than one interest in theatre.
New this year: In partnership with York University, the National Arts Centre is offering FREE AUDITION COACHING for students who self-identify as members of communities under-represented on Canada’s stages. Further details and application information is available directly from the NAC .
Have questions about the supplementary evaluation for this program? Ask us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you haven’t already, visit the York campus or AMPD for a tour of our facilities.
- Check out our public events and performances taking place throughout the season.
- Make sure all your documents arrive before the deadline.
- Check your application status.
- Visit York University’s Scholarships & Financial Aid website and AMPD’s Scholarships, Awards & Bursaries website.
Do you have questions about the application process? Want to know more about our programs and your next steps? Ask us at email@example.com.