JGG Studio Theatre
For more than 20 years, the JGG Studio Theatre has been the “workhorse” of AMPD Theatre’s public programming. Performance technologies have changed over the years, though, and interactive productions like Theatre@York’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Beggar’s Opera are now vital to the training of young Canadian performance artists. AMPD Theatre must transform the JGG Studio Theatre into a modern performance space capable of accommodating today’s theatrical innovations and the hybrid-reality performances and virtual collaborations of tomorrow.
An additional gift will outfit the JGG Studio Theatre will “intelligent show technology” — 2- and 3-D display technology that allow virtual sets to change in real-time, holographically-projected live performers and remote telepresence. The most important addition will be a comprehensive data network for the black box theatre and its supporting spaces, including the lighting laboratory, wardrobe room, carpentry shop and design studios.
AMPD Theatre aims to become a hub for contemporary research that challenges the traditional notion of theatre and engages students in big picture questions about our world and our place in it. Each academic year, the department builds curricula, assignments, productions and research inquiries around a new theme, such as What is violence? or Who defines us?. To further expand the conversation and introduce new opportunities for students and faculty to explore ideas across disciplines and beyond the campus, AMPD Theatre plans to launch an Artist-in-Residence program.
Over varied terms, each Artist-in-Residence — leading professionals, who are changing the landscape of the theatre world around us — will engage with students and explore the department-wide themes through symposia, workshops, productions and research. Annual investment for five years will support this exciting work.
Specialized MFA in Theatre Directing
AMPD Theatre is proud to offer a unique Master’s program for emerging stage directors in collaboration with Canadian Stage Company, one of Canada’s leading not-for-profit contemporary theatre companies. Only two students are accepted to the program every two years; the newest candidates will begin the two-year program in September 2015. Among many projects, the MFA candidates will direct CanStage’s annual Shakespeare in High Park productions.
Donations to this priority will help AMPD Theatre introduce prestigious MFA Directing Awards for each of the two students. Both recruitment and a retention tool, the awards will help the Master’s candidates overcome the personal financial challenges associated with intense, year-round study and performance. Additionally, funding will support exceptional undergraduate students receiving professional, hands-on experience and world-class mentoring as designers in the set, costume and lighting departments, stage managers and actors on the High Park stage.
For more information about AMPD and how you can help define our creative future today, contact:
Alasdair Hooper CFRE
Senior Development Officer
Office of the Dean