First year: Major Courses in Theatre
All students accepted into the Department of Theatre in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD) enter as Specialized Honours BA Theatre-Theatre Studies majors. The first year is a program common to all Theatre students, and offers courses in Acting, Production/Design and Performance Creation & Research. At the end of the first year, there is a selection process (either by audition or interview) to proceed into the various areas of interest, or students may remain in the program as Performance Creation & Research students.
For Theatre majors, entry into any 2000-level Theatre course requires successful completion of THEA 1010 3.0 Introduction to Acting I, THEA 1100 3.0 Introduction to Stagecraft I and THEA 1200 6.0 Introduction to Theatre and Performance.
THEA 1010 3.0 Introduction to Acting I
Introduces the principles, processes and skills of acting for the stage. Students will rehearse and perform a variety of class presentations, and actively participate in warm-ups, theatre games and acting exercises. A practical studio course with a strong written component to the curriculum. Required of all first-year Theatre majors. Note: A minimum of two rehearsal hours per week may be required.
Open only to Theatre majors.
Corequisites: THEA 1100 3.0 Introduction to Stagecraft I and THEA 1200 6.0 Introduction to Theatre and Performance
THEA 1100 3.0 Introduction to Stagecraft I
Introduces the fundamentals and vocabulary of design, lighting and stagecraft (in any given year this could include sound, props, paint etc.). Note: Evening and/or weekend crew work on department productions is required, as well as lab hours.
Open only to Theatre majors or permission of the Department.
Corequisites: THEA 1010 3.0 Introduction to Acting I and THEA 1200 6.0 Introduction to Theatre and Performance / Course credit exclusion: THEA 1100 6.0 Stagecraft I and DANC 1270 3.0 Dance Production
Crew Calls – All first year students are required to attend crews associated with their courses In addition, production meetings and some rehearsals require their presence. Other Theatre majors, when they take production courses, will participate in crew assignments as part of the course requirements.
All students should note that crew assignments involve evening and weekend work calls. It is the students’ responsibility to make themselves available as called. Failure to complete crew assignments will affect course grades.
THEA 1200 6.0 Introduction to Theatre and Performance
Designed to introduce Theatre students to the key concepts and debates animating Theatre studies today. Beginning with the overarching question “What is theatre and why/how do we study it?”, students will explore a wide range of topics, including (but not limited to) audience, space, time, bodies, community, spectacle, history, and politics. The course will also introduce students to a range of theoretical and methodological approaches for studying theatre and performance, e.g. performance ethnography, theatre historiography, community activism, practice-based research, educational outreach. Students will have opportunities to work individually as well as collaboratively on written and performance projects. They will also become familiar with Toronto’s lively theatre and performance ecology through visits to a wide range of performances over the course of the year.
Open only to Theatre majors/minors or permission of the Department.
Corequisites: THEA 1010 3.0 Introduction to Acting I and THEA 1100 3.0 Introduction to Stagecraft I
AMPD 1900 3.0 series of courses
Six credits from the AMPD 1900 3.00 series of courses, outside the major, are required of all School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design degrees. These courses may be used toward satisfying the humanities general education requirement, the in/out requirements or an AMPD elective. For students admitted to the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design with a minimum of 54 transfer credits, the six credits from the 1900 3.00 series of courses outside the major are optional.