Glendon’s new program in Drama and Creative Arts gives you the opportunity to study the many dimensions of theatre or visual art, with a customized blend of classroom study and studio/performance opportunities. The program has two Honours streams, one in Drama and one in Visual Arts.
Both streams combine the study of theory and history, as well as practical opportunities. Your program includes the study of language, literature, critical theory, media, and genres (such as film, television, opera, and more), to help you build the multidisciplinary skills and acquire hands-on experiences much valued in today’s workplace.
Plays developed at Glendon have gone on to become successes on the national stage; the play AmericanDream.ca was workshopped at Glendon before making it to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa!
Drama and Creative Arts is also available as a bilingual or trilingual international Bachelor of Arts (iBA).
- Explore wonderful and varied works of dramatic literature, and learn about the art of performance
- Get hands-on experience creating theatre on- and off-stage through acting, directing, producing, stage-managing, or writing
Visual Arts Stream
- Learn about the history and current practice of visual art
- Get hands-on experience in drawing, painting, and digital photography
- Work with award-winning professors to develop your own creative projects
Why Drama and Creative Arts at Glendon?
You’ll get the chance to study and work with professors who are recognized in their field, such as Guillaume Bernardi, an internationally-renowned theatre director who works in four languages, and Marc Audette, an award-winning visual artist who has exhibited across Canada.
Take advantage of the city’s theatrical and artistic scenes by incorporating Toronto performances and art gallery visits into classroom assignments.
Theatre Glendon, our Drama students’ home base, boasts professional grade lighting, sound, and multimedia technologies. Each year, the theatre produces a full season of plays in English and French. Get involved in any aspect, from set construction to stage-management to costumes and props.
Visual Arts students have full access to the Glendon Visual Arts Studios, where they work in drawing, painting, installation and multimedia. Students also leverage the Glendon Digital Media Lab, with state-of-the-art equipment and mentorship in digital creation.
Career Options and Notable Alumni
Our Drama stream can lead to a career in various aspects of theatre. Our graduates include Janelle Rainville, theatre manager at the University of Waterloo and former production manager at Théâtre français de Toronto, Estela Williams, who has starred in El Club on Netflix, and Rebecca Vandevelde, production manager for the Fringe and Next Stage theatre festivals.
Meet Our Professors
Guillaume Bernardi is an Associate Professor in the Program of Drama and Creative Arts. He holds a doctorate from the Université Paris-Sorbonne. As a stage director, his work covers a wide range of genres, from theatre and opera to movement pieces and has been presented on many of the world’s most prestigious stages in cities including Brussels, Frankfurt, Paris and Rome. In Toronto, he has directed productions for The Canadian Opera Company and Le Théâtre Français de Toronto among others. His scholarly research is primarily focussed on performance issues of Baroque theatre.
Marc Audette is visual artist, educator and curator. His work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally, in New York, France, Columbia, Argentina and Ukraine. His work is exhibited at Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, City of Ottawa, Bank of Montreal, TD Bank, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP and McCarthy Tétrault LLP. Marc was the curator of the Glendon Gallery from 2001 to 2014, and is a founding member of the Association of Francophone Visual Artists in Canada. He also helped create the Labo d’art, Toronto – which supports creation, production and innovation in the media arts sector.
Gabriel Levine is a theatre-maker, teacher, writer, and composer/musician, who is interested in “experiments with tradition” in the visual and performing arts. He is the author of Art and Tradition in a Time of Uprisings (MIT Press 2020), and he co-edited Practice (2018) in the MIT/Whitechapel series Documents of Contemporary Art. His writing has been published in the journals Performance Research, PUBLIC, Topia, Journal of Curatorial Studies, and Canadian Theatre Review. His theatre projects have toured North America, Europe, and the Middle East. He is co-curator of Toronto’s Concrete Cabaret, and is currently Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Drama and Creative Arts, Glendon Campus, York University.
Duncan Appleton has been working professionally in theatre for over 25 years. Duncan is currently exploring the art of interactive video and kinetic scenery, combining his passions for theatre, photography, and microprocessor technology. Duncan has been the Technical Coordinator at Theatre Glendon for more than 20 years. He has worked extensively with Théâtre la Tangente as a designer and technical director since 2010. Recent design and production credits in Toronto include: Luminato, Soundstreams, Crow's Theatre, Théâtre français de Toronto and countless shows at Theatre Glendon. Montreal credits include: Centaur Theatre, McGill University, and the National Theatre School's Directing Program.
Dino Gonçalves is a multi-disciplinary artist – acrobat, actor, playwright, producer, director and trainer. Over his 20-year career, he has held various roles in numerous theatrical and television productions including TFO’s smash hits for kids MiniTFO. He currently works as a content acquisitions and co-productions officer for TFO, and is the artistic director of Théâtre Novo, a multi-disciplinary theatre company. Dino designs workshops and teaches courses in theatre production and performance in the Drama and Creative Arts program at Glendon Campus, where he has been training performing artists and producing shows with students since 2014. He has also been an aerial arts instructor, coaching aerial artists for a decade.
Dr. Aida Jordão
Dr. Aida Jordão is a theatre scholar and practitioner who has worked worldwide creating original theatre in Toronto, Portugal, Nicaragua and Cuba. Aida’s theatre practice as an actor, director and playwright includes labour and community arts, applied theatre, and Theatre of the Oppressed. She is the proud recipient of the 2019 Mayworks Artist Award for Excellence in Contribution to Labour Arts and currently directs plays for The Toronto Workers’ History Project. Her writing has appeared in Theatre Research in Canada (TRiC), Canadian Theatre Review (CTR) and the Playwrights Canada Press anthology, Theatre and (Im)migration.
Aleksandar Sasha Lukac
Aleksandar Sasha Lukac is an award-winning director who has directed over sixty professional theatre productions in his native Yugoslavia (now Serbia and Bosnia) and several notable works in Canada. At Glendon Campus since 1992, he has directed 23 student shows, including three that explored interactive digital theatre (Marat/Sade Occupy, WWI Revisions of the Aftermath, and Life is a Dream) and encouraged students to explore the implications of live interactivity between performers and audiences across the world. The results of these experiments were presented at the inaugural “Social Media – Implications for the University Teaching” conference at York University in 2013.
Meet Our Students
Delphine chose Glendon to pursue Drama in order to become a professor and researcher of the arts in both French and English. Her passion is for movement-based performance and theatre history. Delphine is currently pursuing her master’s degree in drama, theatre, and performance studies in Toronto. Read all about her love for the Glendon Drama program here.
Jennifer’s studies in visual arts at Glendon helped her hone her practical skills in photography, gave her theoretical tools in French and English, and helped her develop her own vision as an artist. She currently works as an intercultural arts consultant and artist/photographer.
For Rebecca, Glendon was the perfect place to study her passions for drama and education in a bilingual setting. Her multidisciplinary studies allow her to view performance through a critical lens by offering hands-on opportunities both on and off-stage. Rebecca is completing her concurrent Bachelor of Education at Glendon to prepare for her career as a drama teacher. Read more about Rebecca’s student journey both in the classroom and in the theater.
Drama & Creative Arts Staff
If you are considering applying, or if you’re already a student, the Program Coordinator will answer any questions you might have about the program, and can offer guidance and support.
Office: York Hall 189
Telephone: 416-736-2100 x 88157
The Administrative Assistant can help answer questions about enrolling in specific courses and about your academic requirements.
Office: York Hall 160
The Technical Coordinator runs Theatre Glendon, and organizes technical needs for Drama and Creative Arts studio and production courses.
Office: York Hall 191A