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Become immersed in all facets of theatre-making, learning to work fluidly backstage and on stage. AMPD’s Theatre program is designed to expose students to the many aspects of theatre, and to provide experiences that mirror those in the professional world.

First-year students share a common first year curriculum in which they take courses across the various fields of theatre and performance. At the end of first year, students branch into a particular program according to their interests and goals. Admission to some programs is by audition or interview. Throughout the programs, students work together as actors and as members of creative and production teams for department shows, including Theatre @ York productions.

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, featuring classic masterpieces and contemporary plays from Canada and around the world, chosen to address significant cultural and political debates.

Performance Creation (BFA Honours)

This degree prepares students to move fluidly across artistic disciplines and to assume a wide range of roles in collaborative performance settings, including creating, writing, designing and performing original work. The Performance Creation program offers the opportunity to explore a wide range of interests, as well as introducing various approaches to performance, theatre creation, theatre education and applied theatre, including activist performance, community-based performance and performance ethnography.

Production & Design (BFA Honours)

Combining hands-on technical skills with the creative, storytelling aspects of theatre, this program engages students in all elements of theatrical design and stage production, and ultimately, in learning to realize productions from initial concept to fully mounted show. Courses in sound, lighting, scenery and costume design and construction complement studies in technical direction and management. Graduates are thriving as designers, producers, technicians and theatre managers across Canada and around the globe.

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, where they will learn to write for the stage, or Devised Theatre, which focuses on group creation of original works, incorporating all elements of playmaking from writing, design and management to performance. Students planning to pursue graduate or teaching degrees are encouraged to take this program.

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, the Devised Theatre Festival, and the playwrights’ class, Red/White project. The Scenes by Design exhibition features work by production and design students.


HOW TO APPLY

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

You can apply through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) or York University’s Application.

Academic Requirements

Application Deadlines

Current York University students interested in transferring to the program should contact the Department of Theatre directly at theadept@yorku.ca 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

i. Presentation

Our application process is designed to help us get to know you. What you choose to perform or present should reflect your interests, but does not imply that you will be limited to that area if you are accepted to the Department of Theatre. During our first year, all students experience foundation training in all areas of the program.

For the purposes of this evaluation, we prefer people to perform or present memorized or prepared material, rather than reading from a script or improvising. Please be prepared to receive redirection; it is our way of seeing if you can play. Please prepare no more than 3 minutes of material.

Applicants should come prepared to perform one of the following:

  1. a contemporary monologue – use only published plays – read the play and know the story, don’t use monologue books! (you may be asked questions about your character)
  2. a piece of your own dramatic writing
  3. a song (no accompanist) (some examples could be original, traditional, cover, standard, rap)
  4. a poem (some examples could be original, spoken word, slam, ASL)
  5. a comedy routine
  6. a dance piece (some examples could be street dance, traditional/folk dance, improvisational dance)
  7. a performance that does not use text (some examples could be puppets, installation, juggling)

OR

Make an oral presentation about one of the following:

  1. your experience directing or dramaturging a play in production or a play in development
  2. your experience in teaching theatre (acting, movement, improvisation)
  3. your involvement in a community event or project
  4. your experience in one of the following: producing, stage managing or building costumes, lights, sets, props for a performance piece
  5. a design portfolio showcasing your original design work in costumes, sets, lighting or props (some examples could be drawings, photographs, painting)
  6. an organized documentation of your own art or craft work (drawings, photographs, costumes, props, sets, paintings, furniture, metalwork)
  7. a critique of a performance or play or artistic installation that you have seen

 


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 evalampd@yorku.ca.

Thank you for your interest in our Theatre program! We wish you all the best with your evaluation and look forward to meeting you.


Online

Part 1 – Getting to Know You (please keep this part to 5 minutes)

Introduce yourself – speak of who you are, your interests and experiences; and please answer the following questions:

  1. Why do you want to study theatre at York University?
  2. What do you see as the role of theatre in our society?
  3. Name a person or play that has influenced your passion for theatre and tell us how.
  4. If you could create a dream job for yourself, what would it be?

Part 2 – Presentation (please prepare no more than 3 minutes of material)

Our application process is designed to help us get to know you. What you choose to perform or present should reflect your interests, but does not imply that you will be limited to that area if you are accepted to the Department of Theatre. During our first year, all students experience foundation training in all areas of the program. For the purposes of this evaluation, we prefer people to upload a performance or presentation that is memorized or prepared material, rather than reading from a script or improvising. Please upload no more than 3 minutes of material.

Upload a performance of one of the following:

  1. a contemporary monologue – use only published plays – read the play and know the story, don’t use monologue books! (you may be asked questions about your character)
  2. a piece of your own dramatic writing
  3. a song (some examples could be original, traditional, cover, standard, rap)
  4. a poem (some examples could be original, spoken word, slam, ASL
  5. a comedy routine
  6. a dance piece (some examples could be street dance, traditional/folk dance, improvisational dance)
  7. a performance that does not use text (some examples could be puppets, installation, juggling)

OR

Upload an oral presentation about one of the following:

  1. your experience directing or dramaturging a play in production or a play in development
  2. your experience in teaching theatre (acting, movement, improvisation)
  3. your involvement in a community event or project
  4. your experience in one of the following: producing, stage managing or building costumes, lights, sets, props for a performance piece
  5. a design portfolio showcasing your original design work in costumes, sets, lighting or props (some examples could be drawings, photographs, painting)
  6. an organized documentation of your own art or craft work (drawings, photographs, costumes, props, sets, paintings, furniture, metalwork)
  7. a critique of a performance or play or artistic installation that you have seen. Your video should be filmed with a single camera, and should be unedited. We don’t require a professional recording. A basic “home” recording will suffice, provided the video shows you fully (not only your head/face) and the recording quality allows us to clearly view your presentation.

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.

Part 3 – Written Exercise (please upload as a Word document or PDF)

List up to five theatrical productions (preferably professional) that you’ve seen recently and where.  Choose one of them to write about, discuss aspects of the play and/or production that stood out for you.

 


Have questions about the supplementary evaluation for this program? Ask us at evalampd@yorku.ca.

What's Next?

Do you have questions about the application process? Want to know more about our programs and your next steps? Ask us at ampd@yorku.ca.