York University’s MFA in Theatre is a five-semester program. The training is rigorous and designed to meet the needs of artists—in some cases emerging, and in others more advanced- seeking to investigate the essential questions of theatre.
The MFA in Theatre is the terminal degree in its field, and at York we offer concentrations in Performance/Creation, Design, and Directing. The two years are extremely intense. Classes are small, hours are long, and the expectations from the faculty are high. Graduates from the program work in every aspect of the performing arts in Canada, the United States, and internationally.
One of the central educational goals of the Theatre Department is to produce socially-conscious artists — artists who are aware of and capable of participating in challenging dialogues about social injustice and inequality. This means that our courses, public events, and productions often grapple with difficult subject matter, including sex, violence, terror, and illness (among other topics). While these presentations will no doubt provoke strong emotions and cause discomfort, we feel that the diverse experiences they promote are also essential to the development of our students’ critical faculties, empathy, and understanding of the world. Rather than warning our students in advance about every potentially uncomfortable topic that they might encounter in the course of their studies, we instead encourage students to meet them head-on in the classroom, in rehearsals, and in performances, and to engage in civil and compassionate debate about the possibilities and effects of staging difficult knowledge. If you require an accommodation related to your p
10 Reasons to Come
Ten Reasons to Come to York for your MFA in Theatre
The Graduate Program in Theatre at York is an exciting environment to pursue innovative, socially engaging, career-ready education. Contact our Graduate Program Assistant to learn more.