Term: 2-Year Diploma
Start Date: September
Location: Lakeshore Campus
The Theatre Production diploma program provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to work in professional performing arts and the entertainment industries.
Our philosophy of training is based on creative work in a collaborative artistic environment, professional discipline, broad-based training and education in all areas of production for the performing arts, and instilling a commitment to lifelong learning in this constantly changing field.
With an emphasis on the technical and visual components of production, the curriculum covers the art and technology of crafting exquisite props, puppets, costumes, set pieces and painted scenery. It also covers the use of a broad range of lighting, sound, and rigging equipment.
Students develop hands-on expertise as they mount productions for the Humber Theatre season in partnership with students enrolled in Humber's Theatre Performance program. Students may also have the opportunity to work on set with the students from the Acting for Film and Television program.
The Humber Theatre season is fully integrated with the academic curriculum to ensure that neither the productions nor the classes are compromised.
All of our faculty has substantial industry experience, and part-time instructors have full-time professional careers. In addition, professional directors, designers, production stage managers, fight directors and other specialists outside of the faculty are contracted for the Humber Theatre season.
We hire directors and designers who are known for their unusual and innovative approaches, and their creativity brings constant challenges, excitement, and learning opportunities to the Humber Theatre production season, and enhances in-class instruction. Students will work with professional directors and designers. These professionals often provide our students with contacts, references, and employment opportunities.
With more than 90 venues in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and many more producing companies, Toronto is the third-largest theatre centre in the English-speaking world. It is also a major centre for film, television and music production. Toronto is also the source of theatre productions, concert tours, ice shows and industrial shows that tour nationally and internationally. There is a lot of work behind the scenes for the technicians and craftspeople we train, such as carpenters, prop builders, puppeteers, conventional and moving light technicians, sound technicians, wardrobe personnel, riggers, pyrotechnicians and scenic painters. In the management realm, our graduates work as stage managers, technical directors and production managers. Our graduates also work in related areas of the entertainment industry, including cruise ships, theme parks, ice shows, concert tours, industrial presentations, specialized service companies, film and television. Some form companies collaborating with performers and designers to create original work. Others eventually move into more senior management positions.
Fall Arrest Certification, Personnel Lift Training, First Aid/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Pyrotechnician (National Resources Canada – Explosives, Regulatory Division).
Humber works with many professional theatres, equipment suppliers, production service companies, professional organizations, artists and unions who assist with equipment, facilities, expertise, workshops, backstage tours and professional opportunities. Recent partners include Airmagic Pyrotechnics & Special Effects, Freeman Audio Visual, The Set Shop, Canada’s Wonderland, Canstage, Canadian Opera Company, Christie Lites, Cirque du Soleil, Clay and Paper Theatre, Contact Distribution, Factory Theatre, Hamilton Scenic Specialty, IATSE Locals 58, 822 and 828, Jack A. Frost Ltd., Natural Resources Canada – Explosives, Regulatory Division, Nightswimming Theatre, Oakville Centre for Performing Arts, One Little Goat, Paragon Props, Production Resource Group (PRG), Pyrotek Special Effects Inc., RC4 Wireless Dimming and Motion, Red Pepper Spectacle Arts, Rosco Laboratories Ltd., SF Marketing, Shaw Festival Theatre, Show Pro, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Tarragon Theatre, The Living Arts Centre, The Puppetmongers, The Rabbit’s Choice, Theatre Columbus, Theatre Passe Muraille, and William F. White Ltd.
Students in our program use a flexible black box theatre, which features moveable seats for up to 120 people. It can be configured in any number of ways (end stage, thrust, arena), allowing people to exercise their creativity. This is especially valuable for experimental performances where unusual arrangements of audience and stage may be needed. We have well-equipped wardrobe, carpentry, paint and prop shops, and a wide range of lighting, sound and rigging equipment.
Most students don’t study Theatre Production in order to become exhibition managers for science centers.
Melissa Grandovec graduated from Humber’s Theatre Production program in November 2009, and she’s been steadily employed ever since.
Benn Hough graduated from the Theatre Production program in 2009, and immediately began a career freelancing for different theatre and display companies.
He stage managed a show for the Toronto Fringe Festival at the Tarragon Theatre, and worked as stage runner and tech assistant at the Canadian National Exhibition Midway Stage. As house technician at the Danforth Music Hall, he worked on the DANCAP musicalThe Toxic Avenger, after which he was invited to join IATSE, the stagehand union, as an apprentice. Benn continues to work for IATSE in and around Toronto and says that he couldn’t be any more pleased with his chosen line of work.