Type: 3-Year Diploma
Start Date: September
Location: Lakeshore Campus
Humber’s Theatre Performance Program offers actor training for the twenty-first century, combining physical and classical approaches to making theatre. We are interested in actors who have a sense of curiosity, who are explorers and groundbreakers. If you have something to say, we will give you the tools with which to say it.
We will give you rigorous training in the technical skills every actor needs: challenging voice and movement, working with a wide range of texts, creating original work both personally and with an ensemble. We will also introduce you to the entrepreneurial skills you need to make a living in the arts; you will work on-camera, in the voice-over studio, and in stage combat; you will explore and refine your artistic voice and you will become part of the growing network of Humber graduates who are making a difference. You will work with nationally and internationally acclaimed actors and directors who will share with you, as teachers and mentors, their long experience in the professional world.
Our graduates have careers as actors, directors, producers, and writers. You will find them on stages across the country from Shakespeare to burlesque, from contemporary drama to puppetry. You will find them as actors on film, on television and voicing animated characters. They are creators above all, looking to expand Canadian theatre with original voices that spring from many cultures and perspectives.
We also offer graduates entrance to a Consecutive Honours BFA in Acting with York University, giving you full credit for your studio classes at Humber.
If you are interested in challenging your ideas of who you are as an actor and as an artist, we are the program for you. Look at our faculty and some of our productions or special projects to see where your dreams might take you.
Situated in the most culturally diverse city in the world, the Theatre Performance program is uniquely positioned to prepare you for the future of theatre. Our training covers everything from traditional texts to the international world of devised theatre – a rigorous approach to creating, writing, directing and/or producing. You will develop self-motivation, self-discipline and critical thinking, as well as the entrepreneurial skills needed to create a unique career. You will be prepared to move skillfully among the worlds of the professional actor: regional theatre companies, dance/theatre, film and television, and self-generated performance.
Graduates of the program receive one credit toward full membership in Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA).
The Theatre Performance program has ongoing relationships with professional theatre companies, which lead to co-production and mentoring possibilities for students and graduates. Agents, casting directors and artistic directors frequently inquire about our students and recent graduates. Our program advisory committee consists of agents, directors, artistic directors and producers from both the commercial and the not-for-profit worlds of performance.
Graduates of this program are eligible for the Consecutive Honours (Acting) Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program at York University. Qualified graduates of this program may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many other postsecondary institutions. Visit humber.ca/transferoptions for detailed information.
The Theatre Performance Program forms partnerships with professional theatre companies and other arts organisations in order to provide students with the widest possible range of performance opportunities. Over the years these have included co-production opportunities as part of the performance season (Cahoots Theatre for Five Vengeances; nightswimming for Pentheus; The Assembly Hall for Swimming For Shore) as well as the remounting of student projects at Summerworks.
A key element of our training is Community Week, the first week of the academic year, during which every student in Performance and Production works collaboratively with a team of professional artists to create a public performance in five days. This performance is always site-specific and theatrical. Click here for photos of a few of our performances.
The Theatre Performance Program has a special relationship with Theatre Passe Muraille which culminates each year in an original performance created, produced and performed by the third year Graduating Class in collaboration with a group of Theatre Production graduating students. These performances are staged in TPM’s iconic Backspace, launching our graduates into the professional world. Recent productions include The Country of the Blind, Shadow Play: Peter Pan Variations and Mother.
At the end of their second year, acting students create a piece of theatre for young audiences as part of our relationship with Roseneath Theatre, a leading professional company for young audiences. The production tours into schools as well as playing at Humber in our Studio Theatre, giving students a new understanding of their connection to a vibrant audience. Click here to see videos of the most recent production, ‘Bully’ directed by Marie Beath Badian.
Our students have also been involved in original performance opportunities for festivals such Metamorphoses at Open Doors in Toronto and Danceries with the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra.
Bahareh Yaraghi graduated from Humber’s Theatre Performance program in 2010 and has been working steadily – as she says, “knock on wood” – ever since. This spring, she was thrilled to be nominated for two Dora awards.
Giacomo Gianniotti graduated from Humber’s Theatre Performance program in 2012. Just two years later he’s landed a recurring role on Selfie, a new comedy on ABC, opposite Karen Gillan and John Cho.
If you’ve ever wanted to walk the walk of somebody other than yourself, Humber faculty member Kelly McEvenue is the person to help you.