10 Reasons to Come

Ten Reasons to Come to York for your MFA in Theatre

1. Our Tradition…

Since 1980, York’s Graduate Program in Theatre has been training actors and directors at the highest level for the profession of theatre;

2. Our Unique Programs…

York offers MFA programs in PerformanceDirecting and Design. Our MFA in Stage Direction in collaboration with Canadian Stage offers remarkable opportunities for professional artists to develop skills in directing for larger stages, collaborating with other professionals through one of Canada's greatest theatres. With the only Graduate Acting program in the country, and with remarkable opportunities for graduate directors to work with seasoned graduate actors, York offers a unique training sequence for serious artists;

3. Our People…

Collectively, our faculty and staff have written, produced, directed, performed, coached and otherwise created hundreds of plays and films; their work has appeared on stages and been screened at festivals, in theatres and cinemas in Toronto and around the world, from New York to Vancouver, London to Boston, China to Poland;

4. Our Alumni…

Our former students have gone on to successful careers as actors, directors, playwrights, producers, professors and creators for theatre, film and television in Canada, the US and abroad;

5. Our Local Theatre Scene…

Logos for Theatres in Toronto

Theatres in Toronto

Toronto is the theatre capital of Canada and a major player in North American theatre and film. Leading theatre companies in the city include: Buddies in Bad Times, Canadian Stage, Crow's Theatre, Factory Theatre, Modern Times Stage Company, Necessary Angel, Nightwood Theate, Obsidian Theatre, Red Sky Performance, Soulpepper, Tarragon, The Theatre Centre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Theatre Smith-Gilmour and Volcano Theatre.
There are also many opportunities to create work through the annual Toronto Fringe Festival, SummerWorks and Buddies in Bad Times' Hysteria and Rhubarb festivals, to name just four. The Luminato Festival of Arts + Creativity and Harbourfront Centre's World Stage bring outstanding contemporary Canadian and international productions to Toronto audiences each year. And the Toronto International Film Festival and dozens of smaller film festivals light up the city's cinema screens every year;

6. Our Facilities & Resources…

The Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan Theatre

The Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan Theatre

We have great facilities at York. The cutting-edge Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre in the Accolade East Building offers students the opportunity to work on a full-scale, professional proscenium stage. The black-box Joseph G. Green Studio Theatre and Robert & Julia Foster Acting Studio give graduate directors and actors a wide range of environments in which to work, mirroring the variety of venues you are likely to encounter in the profession. Eight studio spaces house our class work and unmounted productions. These performance facilities are supported by a full roster of professional production facilities including wardrobe and carpentry shops, as well as stage design studios. And with one of the largest collections of films, videos and DVDs in the country, York’s Sound & Moving Images Library is an invaluable resource for all Theatre students;

7. Our Support for Our Students…

York University and the Graduate Program in Theatre are strongly committed to providing the necessary support for our students, with a range of generous admission scholarships and awards and assistance for continuing students. Our graduate assistants and teaching assistants are the best paid in the country. With regular feedback sessions through directing faculty student conferences held each semester, and one-on-one support from their thesis advisors, students always know where they are in their journey;

8. Our Great City…

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Toronto's waterfront, seen from the harbour

With Toronto's diversity and vibrant neighbourhoods, there's a lot to be said about the city.  Toronto is home to more than 100 cultures.  With a population of more than 2.8 million ( 5.5 million in the Greater Toronto Area), Toronto is Canada's largest city and the fourth largest city in North America, after Mexico City, New York, and Los Angeles . One quarter of Canada's population is located within 160 km (100 mi.) of Toronto;

9. Our Theatre @ York Season…

Each year Theatre @ York presents a season of plays drawn from the contemporary and classical repertoire. Toronto and Canadian premieres are frequently found on the playbill, which ranges from challenging new North American works to enduring masterpieces of dramatic literature. Productions showcase the talents of students in our undergraduate and graduate programs. Recent productions featuring graduate students include The Knight of the Burning Pestle, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, The Witch of Edmonton, TI Jean and his Brothers, The Bundle, The Life of Galileo, The Grapes of Wrath, and Les Belles Soeurs;

10. Most Importantly, Our Students…

By limiting enrollment to a select few each year, we ensure that our students are among the most creative, professional and dedicated in Canada. Student work is of the highest calibre and has gone on to be produced, screened or published outside the university, both before and after graduation. Many of our alumni have gone on to teach at colleges, universities and conservatories across Canada and the US.