Stage Direction in Collaboration with Canadian Stage

Call for Submissions: MFA in Stage Direction at York University in Collaboration with Canadian Stage, York University

York University’s Theatre Department in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD) and Canadian Stage announce the next intake into their collaborative specialised MFA program in Stage Direction, beginning in the fall of 2021. Interviews will be conducted in the fall of 2020.

The MFA in Theatre – Stage Direction in Collaboration with Canadian Stage brings together one of Canada’s pre-eminent theatre schools and one of the country’s leading not-for-profit contemporary theatre companies, to offer highly specialized, advanced training in large-scale theatre directing. The two-year program allows students to develop their creative and technical skills to the highest level within a rigorous academic and professional context.

Students are deeply immersed in the professional world of theatre as they integrate their studio work at York with involvement in artistic projects at Canadian Stage. The program is customized for each student based on their experience, artistic orientation and goals. Key elements of this enriched academic experience include the opportunity to direct a Canadian Stage production and an internship with a major national or international theatre. Past internships include: Robert Carsen in Baden Baden, Ivo van Hove in Amsterdam, Peter Sellars in London, and Peter Stein in Vienna.

The Artistic Director and primary mentor Peter Hinton, work closely with the graduate faculty in York’s Department of Theatre in guising the program individually designed to best suit the MFA candidates’ needs, and their professional development as theatre directors.

Past and present MFA graduates include: 2011-13: Ker Wells, Ted Witzel; 2013-15: Matjash Mrozewski, Estelle Shook; 2015-17: Tanja Jacobs, Alistair Newton; 2017-19: Liza Balkan, Severn Thompson.

The next session of the MFA program in Stage Direction begins in September 2021. York’s Graduate Program in Theatre is accepting applications in January 15, 2021.

Directors with extremely strong individual and interpretive voices and substantial professional experience are invited to apply. Candidates should be committed to developing their artistic and technical skills and have a clear interest in working on a large scale.

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