Create original, contemporary performances. Learn to make audiences think, react and engage. Take a critical, experimental, and practical, approach to learning about how stories get performed and deepen your understanding of their power to enact social change. Develop skills to produce performance in a variety of spaces and situations, as you discover how to creatively respond to diverse social, historical and cultural contexts.
As part of developing your performance practice you’ll engage with a broad range of approaches to understanding the creation of performance through a variety of lenses and diverse practices including: Indigenous storytelling, gender & sexuality in performance, the avant-garde, puppetry, urbanism, and post-colonial critique. As an emerging performer creator, you will benefit from training that moves across disciplinary boundaries, and that will provide you with core foundational courses in theatre history, directing, playwriting, performance studies, and dramaturgy.
Performance Creation students begin by taking core theatre courses with all theatre students. As you progress and your skill base grows, you will take classes in specialty performance areas and advanced techniques.
You may also choose from courses that cover all practical aspects of theatre, including stage management, production, and dramaturgy.
United States students: A U.S. Federal Student Aid-eligible version of this program is offered. This version meets all U.S. regulations (such as no co-operative education or e-courses) for eligible programs.
Check program availability for the fall as late applications will continue to be accepted for certain programs for an undetermined amount of time
Applicants must apply online before booking an audition/interview
Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.
We consider complete applications year round and we give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines. Late applications will be considered if places are still available for the Fall Term only.
March 1 (applicants from Canada)*
February 1 (applicants from outside Canada)*
Admission to this program is available for the Fall Term only.
We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.
After your degree
Performance Creation graduates are well-positioned for graduate-level studies or further training leading to careers in a variety of disciplines including:
Writing, criticism, and publishing
Other programs of interest
Acting for the Theatre (BFA)
Actors who can contribute to theatrical productions on many levels become sought-after artists. Our strong and challenging program trains you to be an adaptable performer, understanding the full range of performance in contemporary theatre.