Why study theatre at UTSC?
- The Theatre and Performance Studies program combines the critical study of theatre with hands-on experiential training
- Students learn about traditional theatre practices and look at other cultural practices through the lens of ‘performance’
- The program includes courses in historical and contemporary Western and non-Western theatre traditions as well as practical courses focused on acting technique, on technical theatre, and on directing for the stage.
- Taking advantage of its location in Toronto, the program frequently features theatre outings and professional artist talks, workshops and residencies
- Some graduates of the TAPS program pursue careers as actors, technicians or arts administrators and others go on to use the skills they develop in careers outside the arts such as teaching, management or government.
Learn more by watching the videos on this page or browsing through the TAPS alumni page on Facebook: @UTSCtheatre
Should you have any questions regarding the Theatre and Performance Studies program at the University of Toronto Scarborough, please send us an email.
VPDC20H3 – Special Topic for Fall 2019:
Years ago, I trained as a comic improviser at the Annoyance Theatre in Chicago, an experience that I found energizing and gratifying, even as I learned how incredibly difficult comic improvisation was. At about the same time, I started working with a theatre company called Sojourn Theatre, which devises original plays, using improvisation as a part of their devising process. The relationship with that company has continued until today, giving me an eye into many of their artistic processes, and into how improvisation can be used as a stepping-stone to a truly stunning artistic product. More recently, I have performed as an improviser with Portland Playback, a company that specializes in an improvisation-based form of therapeutic performance. I have also improvised and facilitated theatre projects with Living Stages, a company that produces a political form of performance called Forum Theatre. In different ways, these experiences have shaped who I am today: they’ve made me more resilient, more empathetic, better able to take risks, more committed to social justice, and more able to laugh at myself and my circumstances. I invite students to learn these forms with me, and to consider with me how theories of play can help to illuminate both the power and limitations of these various improvisational forms.
- Elliot Leffler, Faculty
Barry Freeman | Assistant Professor (Departmental Chair)
Trisha Lamie | Associate Professor, Teaching Stream and Program Director
Elliot Leffler | Assistant Professor
Kevin Wright | Sessional Lecturer
Michal Schonberg | Professor Emeritus
Paula Sperdakos | Associate Professor