Next Steps 2021

Here you will find information about your Next Steps in the York University Theatre Department as you enter your second year. The initial information for all areas is listed directly below, however, each area has different requirements and specific processes outlined in the MORE INFO section. Please be sure to review all of the materials below regarding the application process and expectations in the upper years of study for each specialization.


Acceptances 2021

Linked below. All acceptances will be posted at Noon on Friday, April 30, 2021

Acting
Playwriting & Dramaturgy
Production/Design
Devised Theatre

GENERAL INFORMATION

PERFORMANCE CREATION (BA or BFA)

To prepare a foundation for a career as a playwright, dramaturg, theatre critic, director, playmaker, theatre educator, drama therapist, arts administrator, researcher, arts manager, theatre activist, and to consider graduate studies in theatre and performance studies or related disciplines.

  • Students do not need to submit anything further to be admitted directly to the BA in Theatre. However, students looking to be admitted to specific sequences of courses within the BA (e.g. Playwriting & Dramaturgy, or Devised Theatre) should see the detailed info below.
  • ***Students who wish to switch from a BA to a BFA should submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) before noon on Monday, April 19, 2021 ELECTRONICALLY to Ian Garrett at igarrett@yorku.ca AND attend a mandatory Zoom information session at 2:30pm on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. If you haven’t sent your LOI to Ian, please do so immediately.
  • ***If you are unable to attend the meeting at this time, you must meet with the BFA PC Coordinator, Ian Garrett, before applying to switch your major.

Please note: Students interested in switching from a BA to a BFA in Performance Creation will be asked to submit a degree change form by June 30, 2021. You do not need to do anything specific at this point to switch to the BFA. For more see CHANGE OF DEGREE FROM BA TO BFA below.

Please Review MORE INFO

PLAYWRITING & DRAMATURGY

To specialize in playwriting or dramaturgy.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS for PLAYWRITING in 2021-2022:

PLAYWRITING—a series of courses in the BA/BFA in Performance Creation that specialize in playwriting.

  • Submit your application before noon on Monday 19 April to thechair@yorku.ca. In the subject line of your email, please write: “YOUR SURNAME: Playwriting 3290 Submission’
  • Include a title page that clearly shows your name
  • If accepted into Playwriting, please be aware that these courses may be taken at the same time as Production/Design or Devised Theatre, but there is a scheduling conflict between COSTUME DESIGN courses 2120, 2121, 3143, 3144, 4143 and 3290 that requires choosing one or the other.
    Please note: students admitted into Playwriting courses may choose to remain in the BA or switch to the BFA during their time at York..

In your submission to Playwriting:

  1. a) Tell us about your artistic work.
    b) What is important to you in your work (e.g., what are your cultural influences, your identity, geography, community, language, etc.) and why?
    [Maximum 200 words]  
  1. Please provide a brief artistic sample: an excerpt or synopsis of a (proposed) play or performance project OR a creative writing sample OR a link to video/audio of a performance you’ve created. Please note: if the work is devised or non-verbal, please include a synopsis and a description of your creation process.
    [Maximum 4 pages or 800 words]

 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS for DRAMATURGY in 2021-2022:

DRAMATURGY—a series of courses in the BA/BFA in Performance Creation that specialize in dramaturgy.

  • Submit your application before noon on Monday 19 April to thechair@yorku.ca. In the subject line of your email, please write: “YOUR SURNAME: Dramaturgy Submission’
  • Include a title page that clearly shows your name
  • Please note: students admitted into Dramaturgy will remain in the Performance Creation area, and may choose to remain in the BA or switch to the BFA during their time at York.

In your submission to Dramaturgy:

  1. Tell us about your artistic work.
  2. What is important to you in your work (e.g., what are your cultural influences, your identity, geography, community, language, etc.) and why?
  3. Tell us about a research “rabbit hole” you’ve fallen down (could be related to hobbies, fan culture, music, film, or other creative obsessions).
    [Maximum 400 words] 

Please Note:

Notice of Acceptances to ALL streams (including Acting) will be posted at noon on April 30, 2021.  Please note that these acceptances will be conditional based on final grades (as per usual).

You will need to confirm your acceptance to a particular program of study by noon of May 10, 2021.

Please email any questions to thechair@yorku.ca

Please Review MORE INFO

***DEVISED THEATRE (series of courses in the BA/BFA in Performance Creation)

To learn about devising and performing original theatre pieces.

Devised Theatre Auditions

Prepare a short video piece (Performance/Experience/Installation) that creatively recreates a moment or idea inspired from one of this year’s Devised Theatre Festival shows.

The Devised Theatre Festival will run from April 13-17, 2021.  https://devisedtheatrefestival.com/

Your piece must be from your own point of view using the following criteria:

  • Include your full name
  • max (10) ten words (no min)
  • max (3) three props (no min)
  • max (1) one minute length (strict)
  • costumes are optional.
  • Additional lighting or media are optional, but each device will count as props.
  • Your devised piece may or may NOT include you as a live performer, but if your piece does have a live performer, only you may fill the role.
  • BE CREATIVE

Please feel free to get together with your colleagues to help each other out with recording, creating, playing

Please upload your video to the video sharing platform of your choice (YouTube, Vimeo) OR share the file via the cloud-based file sharing service of your choice (DropBox, Google Drive) and send the link to DT Coordinator Ian Garrett at igarrett@yorku.ca.

  • If sharing via YouTube, Vimeo, or other video platform, please make sure your permissions are set to public or unlisted, NOT Private.
  • If sharing via DropBox, Google Drive, or other cloud-based file sharing service please share the link for the file, not the folder or the file itself.

Video Submission Due noon on Monday, April 19, 2021. 

Notice of Acceptances to ALL streams will be posted at noon, April 30, 2021.  Please note that these acceptances will be conditional based on final grades (as per usual).

You will need to confirm your acceptance to a particular program of study by noon on May 10, 2021.

Please note: Students admitted into Devised Theatre courses will remain in the Performance Creation & Research area, and may choose to remain in the BA or switch to the BFA during their time at York in consultation with the DT Coordinator. If you’re interested in switching from the BA to the BFA, you still must submit an LOI and attend a meeting with the BFA PC Coordination before applying to switch your major.

Questions? Contact DT Coordinator Ian Garrett at igarrett@yorku.ca

Please review the information on the Devised Theatre Series of Courses.

***PRODUCTION/DESIGN

To study in the areas of Theatre Design (set, costume, lighting, sound, and media/projections), Construction (costume, scenery, and props), Technology (lighting, sound, and video), and Management (production management, technical direction, and stage management).

For application to Production & Design there will be no in-person or digital interviews: applications will be fully digital. Applicants are asked to submit their resume and cover letter, as previously indicated, along with no more than 10 digital files (images, small video or sound clips, etc.) that in total are less than 100Mb in size. The images should showcase a skill or accomplishment of your abilities and/or interests. For example: something you built, sewed, painted, sculpted, edited, and/or filmed—essentially something made. These files can be emailed or file shared with James McKernan to mckernan@yorku.ca by noon on April 9th. No formal presentation of material is required, please simply send the files. If something you wish to send is a lab project which is currently at York, unfortunately I cannot make that available to you- I am very sorry. We will be very understanding of your circumstances in these difficult times.
Any questions can be directed to James McKernan at mckernan@yorku.ca
What you are submitting:
  • If you haven’t yet submitted it, a single PDF with:
    • A letter of application outlining why you wish to pursue studies in this area, which particular disciplines are of interest, and indicating previous relevant experience.
    • A resume
  • Up to 10 digital files that are less than 100 Mb in size; if sending files via a file sharing service such as iCloud, Google Drive or Dropbox, send a link to the folder containing the images in the body of your email message.
  • Submit your materials to James McKernan at mckernan@yorku.ca by noon on Monday, April 19th. Your document’s file name should be lastname_firstname.pdf and the document must include your name, telephone, email, and year of study.
  • Notice of Acceptances to ALL streams will be posted at noon, April 30, 2021.  Please note that these acceptances will be conditional based on final grades (as per usual).
  • You will need to confirm your acceptance to a particular program of study by noon on May 10, 2021.
Please email any questions to mckernan@yorku.ca

Please Review MORE INFO

***ACTING CONSERVATORY

To specialize in acting for the stage.

Students are invited to audition for the Second-Year Acting Conservatory by submitting a YouTube link of a video that has the following components:

  • Let the panel know your full name (and your preferred name if you have one).
  • Let the panel know your pronouns if you wish.
  • Describe to the panel where you consider home to be and why (a maximum of one minute).
  • Let the panel know (in the order of your choice):
    • the names of the character, play and playwright of your contemporary monologue (e.g. Candy, Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love, Brad Fraser).
    • the title and source of your acapella song (e.g. “Mama Who Bore Me”, Spring Awakening).
  • In the order of your choice, perform:
    • your contemporary monologue (a maximum of 1:30, from a published play with a professional production history. No dialects or accents. No mime and a maximum of one prop).
    • your acapella song (a maximum of one minute), sung without any live or recorded accompaniment. The song need not come from a musical. It may be from any genre, any time period, and in any language. Apply the same acting guidelines you would to your monologue—to a person in a place for a reason.

For the video:

  • We don’t require a professional recording. A basic “home” recording will suffice, provided the recording quality allows us to clearly view your presentation.
  • Place the camera in a stabilized horizontal or landscape position (rather than a vertical or portrait position).
  • Stand if your circumstances permit.
  • Ensure your face is receiving adequate light.
  • Shoot in a medium close-up (your eyes at the level of the camera, the top of your head just under the top of the frame, and your chest just above the bottom of the frame).
  • Perform components 1-4 above with your focal point directly to the camera.
  • Perform your monologue and song (in the order of your choice) with your focal point slightly to the right or left of the camera (i.e. NOT directly to the camera).
  • Perform all the components (1-5 above) in a single unedited take. If you must pause the recording, please ensure all of the components above are contained in a single video file (sent as a single YouTube link).

 

Please upload your video to YouTube:

  • Go to youtube.com and create an account if you do not already have one.
  • Upload your video and select “unlisted” as the privacy setting.
  • Please ensure that the video you have uploaded is the final version you wish to submit.
  • Send a single YouTube link only of your video submission to Professor Mark Wilson at pitwil@yorku.ca.
  • The deadline for receiving the YouTube link of your video submission is noon on Monday, April 19, 2021.
  • Professor Wilson will confirm the receipt of your YouTube link within 24 hours. If you do not receive his confirmation, please follow up with Mark ASAP.

 

Callbacks:

  • A list of callback candidates will be posted to the Acting Conservatory Callbacks page on the Next Steps 2021 website by noon on Friday, April 23, 2021.
  • Callback candidates will be invited to submit a single YouTube link of a callback video of a second contemporary monologue (a maximum of 1:30, from a published play with a professional production history. No dialects or accents. No mime and a maximum of one prop).
  • Additional components for the callback video will be announced when the list of callback candidates is posted.

We look forward to viewing your audition material!

Questions? Contact Professor Mark Wilson at pitwil@yorku.ca.


APPLICATION DATES, DEADLINES & OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Performance Creation (BA and BFA)

Signup Genius Application:  No further steps are required
Letter of Intent and Resume: 
April 19th, by noon if switching to BFA (LOI only)
Portfolio: n/a
*** Auditions/ Interview: Information Session Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 at 2:30pm via Zoom https://yorku.zoom.us/j/422928881
Callback: n/a
Posting of Offers: 
n/a
Reply to Offers: 
n/a

Playwriting & Dramaturgy

Signup Genius Application: n/a
Letter of Intent and Resume:
n/a
Portfolio: by noon
April 19, 2021 to thechair@yorku.ca
Auditions/ Interview: n/a
Callback:
 n/a
Posting of Offers: Friday, April 30, 2021 at noon.

Reply to Offers:  by noon May 10, 2021 to thechair@yorku.ca

Devised Theatre

Signup Genius Application: n/a
Video submission: Due noon on April 19, 2021
 (see above)
Portfolio: 
n/a
Auditions/ Interview: By video submission.
Callback: n/a
Posting of Offers: Friday, April 30, 2021 at noon.
Reply to Offers:  by noon May 10, 2021 to  igarrett@yorku.ca

Production & Design

Signup Genius Application: n/a
Letter of Intent and Resume:
 If not already submitted, by noon on Monday, April 19, 2021 to jmckernan@yorku.ca
Portfolio:
By email/file sharing by noon on Monday, April 19, 2021 to jmckernan@yorku.ca
Auditions/ Interview: n/a
Callback: 
n/a
Posting of Offers: Friday, April 30, 2021 at noon.

Reply to Offers: by noon, Monday, May 10, 2021
to jmckernan@yorku.ca

Acting Conservatory

Auditions: Submit a single YouTube link only of your video submission to pitwil@yorku.ca by noon on Monday, April 19, 2021.
Posting of Callbacks: By noon on Friday, April 23, 2021
 on the Callback page on the Next Steps 2021 website.
Callback: 
The Callback video deadline and additional components for the Callback video will be announced on the Callback page on the Next Steps 2021 website by noon on Friday, April 23, 2021.

Posting of Offers: Friday, April 30, 2021 at noon.
Reply to Offers: By noon on Monday, May 10, 2021 
to pitwil@yorku.ca.

 

POSTING AND ACCEPTING OFFERS

CHANGE OF DEGREE FROM BA TO BFA

Students who proceed into Performance Creation BFA, Production/Design, or the Acting Conservatory are required to complete the online Change of Degree request to switch from Honours BA to Honours BFA. This request is available at  http://myacademicrecord.students.yorku.ca/program-change. Change of degree requests must be submitted no later than June 30 to take effect the next fall/winter session.

Acceptance into any area/series of courses is conditional upon final grades as of the end of the Winter 2021 term.


MORE INFO

Performance Creation & Research BA

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If you want to become a professional playwright, dramaturg, theatre critic, director, playmaker,theatre educator, drama therapist,researcher, arts manager, theatre/performance activist, performance artist, or are interested in pursuing studies at the graduate level (MA/PhD), then PERFORMANCE CREATION & RESEARCH IS FOR YOU!

It is expected that students in PERFORMANCE CREATION & RESEARCH, including those in the two-and-a half-year sequence of Theatre Survey courses, will acquire, and be able to demonstrate:

  1. Sound knowledge of the history of theatre and performance, the forms and practices and social contexts of theatre through the ages and in different cultures, including knowledge of influential critical formulations, manifestos, and theoretical frameworks;
  2. Understanding of the ways in which theatre and performance have mattered and had meaning in different societies and eras, and of the ways in which it can matter and have meaning here and now;
  3. Familiar working knowledge of, and ability to analyse, a substantial number of plays and performance texts from the conventional canon and beyond, including plays from outside the western tradition, together with the ability to write about performance critically and appreciatively;
  4. Vivid imaginative realization of the potential in dramatic scripts for the production of new meanings in contemporary performance;
  5. Ability to apply knowledge and research capacity to the task of serving as dramaturg on productions of plays from earlier epochs;
  6. Active and detailed knowledge of the history and present state of theatre, drama, and performance in Canada.

Second year

Required courses:

  • THEA 2200 6.0 Theatrical Worlds in Transition
  • THEA 2210 3.0 Ideas of Theatre

PLEASE NOTE – Course offerings may vary from year to year, often on a rotation basis.

For more information on actual course offerings, please consult the online course timetable at https://w2prod.sis.yorku.ca/Apps/WebObjects/cdm.

Third year

Required courses:

  • THEA 3200 3.0 Modern Theatre and Society
  • 1 (one) 3.0 credit 3000 or 4000 level Theatre Studies seminar course

Theatre Studies courses in areas of specific interest are the focus of third and fourth years. It is expected that some students will also have begun to pursue interdisciplinary interests, combining theatre with such other fields as Education, Psychology, Anthropology, English or Religious Studies. Students in second year may be able, with permission, to take 3000-level courses.

Third year is an important transition year for Theatre Studies students. Those looking to pursue a graduate degree (MA/PhD) in Theatre Studies or prepare for a professional career as a playwright, dramaturg, playmaker, theatre critic, theatre/performance activist, performance artist, or theatre educator, are strongly encouraged (and in some cases, required) to take specialized seminar courses in their areas of interest.

In addition, students may take courses from 4000 level offerings, with the appropriate prerequisites.

All students must complete either THEA 3150 3.0 Theatre Management or THEA 4150 3.0 Theatre Career Management in order to graduate.

Fourth year

The fourth year is an exciting culminating year for Theatre Studies students. By the end of the fourth year, students have a firm grasp on a wide range of skills that will prepare them to enter the professional theatre world or graduate studies. Those looking to pursue a graduate degree (MA/PhD) in Theatre and Performance Studies or prepare for a professional career as a playwright, dramaturg, theatre maker, theatre critic, or theatre educator, are strongly encouraged to take seminar courses in their area of specialization.

Performance Creation & Research BFA

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For further information on the Performance Creation and Research BFA, see this page.

Playwriting & Dramaturgy

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Requirements for submissions 2021–2022

For Playwrights:

    • Submit your application before noon on Monday 19 April to thechair@yorku.ca. In the subject line of your email, please write: “YOUR SURNAME: Playwriting 3290 Submission’
    • Include a title page that clearly shows your name
    • If accepted into Playwriting, please be aware that these courses may be taken at the same time as Production/Design or Devised Theatre, but there is a scheduling conflict between COSTUME DESIGN courses 2120, 2121, 3143, 3144, 4143 and 3290 that requires choosing one or the other.
      Please note: students admitted into Playwriting courses will remain in the Performance Creation area, and may choose to remain in the BA or switch to the BFA during their time at York.

    In your submission to Playwriting:

    1. a) Tell us about your artistic work.
      b) What is important to you in your work (e.g., what are your cultural influences, your identity, geography, community, language, etc.) and why?
      [Maximum 200 words]  
    1. Please provide a brief artistic sample: an excerpt or synopsis of a (proposed) play or performance project OR a creative writing sample OR a link to video/audio of a performance you’ve created. Please note: if the work is devised or non-verbal, please include a synopsis and a description of your creation process.
      [Maximum 4 pages or 800 words]

     

For Dramaturgs:

  • Include a title page that clearly shows your name
  • Please note: students admitted into Dramaturgy will remain in the Performance Creation area, and may choose to remain in the BA or switch to the BFA during their time at York.

In your submission to Dramaturgy:

  1. Tell us about your artistic work.
  2. What is important to you in your work (e.g., what are your cultural influences, your identity, geography, community, language, etc.) and why?
  3. Tell us about a research “rabbit hole” you’ve fallen down (could be related to hobbies, fan culture, music, film, or other creative obsessions).
    [Maximum 400 words] 

Devised Theatre

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Devised Theatre

For further information on DT, please see the Devised Theatre page in the Upper Years section of the website.

Production and Design

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The Production/Design Area offers the interested, capable, and committed student the opportunity to study in the areas of Theatre Design (set, costume, lighting, sound and media/projections); Construction (costume, scenery, and props); Management (production management, technical direction and stage management); and Technology (electrical, audio, and video systems and control). The Production/Design area also prides itself on its commitment and leadership in training students about issues of sustainability in performance. The required series of Production Practicum assignments provide opportunities in all aspects of production and design for live performance, themed environments, and exhibition. Please note that students are expected to participate in more than one specialization. This allows both intense study in a specific discipline and broader exposure to other disciplines within Production and Design. Required courses are listed below. Students pursuing design are required to take co-requisites courses in the area. All students are encouraged to consider the complementary In-Faculty/Out-of-Major courses. For additional details, please consult the Department of Theatre Handbook.

Criteria for entry into Production and Design

Candidates for the Production/Design Stream must meet all academic criteria for entry into second-year Theatre, including satisfactory completion with a C+ average of all required first-year theatre courses and satisfactory progress in completing University required courses.  Students must have demonstrated a potential for success in the Production/Design Area, including the ability to work well with others and participate fully in first-year classes and crews.

The Production and Design Area will not be holding in-person interviews this year.  See the information above for further details.

Please Note:
  • Notice of Acceptances to ALL streams (including Acting) will be posted at noon of April 30, 2021.  Please note that these acceptances will be conditional based on final grades (as per usual).
  • You will need to confirm your acceptance to a particular program of study by noon of May 10, 2021.
Please email any questions to mckernan@yorku.ca

Second Year

Stresses skills in a number of areas and responsibility for specific areas of crew work.

Required courses:

  • THEA 2100 3.0 Production Practicum I
  • THEA 2110 6.0 Stagecraft
  • THEA 2200 6.0 Theatrical Worlds in Transition
  • THEA 2410 6.0 History of Visual Sources for Theatrical Design

Third Year

Further acquisition of basic skills and the start of exploration into design for the theatre. There will be some separation and development of ability and talent.

Required courses:

  • THEA 3100 3.0 Production Practicum II or
  • THEA 3101 6.0 Production Practicum II
  • THEA 3200 3.0 Modern Theatre and Society

Additional 6.0 credits in 3000 or 4000 level courses, of which at least 3.0 credits must be in the Production/Design Area.

All students must complete either THEA 3150 3.0 Theatre Management or THEA 4150 3.0 Theatre Career Management in order to graduate.

Fourth Year

Continuing a pursuit of excellence, students may concentrate in any or several production/design disciplines. Students may be given major production assignments as part of the Production Practicum.

Production Practicum is required of any third or fourth year production student taking the equivalent of 1.5 or more production courses in an academic year. Production Practicum requires production meetings of two hours per week, plus evening and weekend crews as assigned.

CHANGE OF DEGREE FROM BA TO BFA

Students who proceed in Production/Design are required to complete the online Change of Degree request to switch from Honours BA to Honours BFA. This request is available at http://myacademicrecord.students.yorku.ca/program-change. Change of degree requests must be submitted no later than June 30 to take effect the next fall/winter session.

Acting Conservatory

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Acting Conservatory

In order to audition for the Second-Year Acting Conservatory, students must have successfully completed THEA 1010 3.0 Introduction to Acting I (i.e. not received an ‘E’ or an ‘F’ grade).

Offers of placement are conditional, pending final grades of the 2021 winter term, based on a satisfactory C+ academic average and meeting the requirements and deadlines of the Department of Theatre.  

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Please note:

Placement in the Second-Year Acting Conservatory is limited to 16 students.

The audition process is confidential. Panel members (including THEA 1010/1011 instructors and Acting Area faculty participants) will not provide feedback or discuss the rationale for placement with candidates.

If you do not receive a placement offer, you did not do anything wrong in the audition process—there is simply a large field of talented practitioners for a limited number of spots.

Students may re-audition for the conservatory the following year.

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Students in the Acting Conservatory must maintain a “B” or higher in each course of Voice, Movement and Acting classes each term in order to be allowed to advance to the next term.

Anyone leaving the Acting Area for a period of one year or more, for whatever reason, even if in good academic standing, will be expected to re-audition to re-enter the Area unless a statement to the contrary has been received in writing from the Area at the time of withdrawal.

CHANGE OF DEGREE FROM BA TO BFA

Students who proceed in the Second-Year Acting Conservatory are required to complete the online Change of Degree request to switch from Honours BA to Honours BFA. This request is available at http://myacademicrecord.students.yorku.ca/program-change. Change of degree requests must be submitted no later than June 30 to take effect the next fall/winter session.