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Theatre And Performance Studies

Faculty List

  • B. Freeman, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto),   Associate Professor
  • T. Lamie, B.A. (Dalhousie), M.F.A. (York), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
  • E. Leffler, B.S. (Northwestern), M.A. (Cape Town), Ph.D., (Minnesota), Assistant Professor


ACM Program Advisor: M. Hussain, Email:

The Theatre and Performance Studies (TAPS) program provides students with opportunities to investigate all aspects of theatre and performance, from the theatre's origins in antiquity to contemporary performance practices. TAPS draws together four groups: students who major or minor in theatre and performance studies, those who specialize in other aspects of arts, media and culture, students interested in pursuing a teaching career in Theatre, and students from other programs and majors who have a casual interest in theatre and performance. To address the needs of our diverse student body we offer courses in the history of theatre and performance as well as contemporary theory-based and practical courses. Our students gain an intellectual and critical grounding in theatre and performance while also acquiring experience in the elements of theatre production as actors, directors, and technicians. Class work leads to performance and production opportunities in the Leigha Lee Browne Theatre.

Our program also benefits from ongoing connections to Toronto's vibrant arts scene. Field trips, guest lectures, workshops, and unique collaborations with working artists provide students with new knowledge, skills and exposure to working professionals in the field.

Note:  In order to be admitted into the performance side of the program, students must successfully complete VPDA10H3 Introduction to Theatre.

Not all courses are offered every year. In planning their Programs, students are encouraged to consult the ACM Program Advisor.
Some courses in Theatre and Performance Studies (VPD) may include Ancillary fees.

Combined Degree Programs, Honours Bachelor of Arts/ Master of Teaching
The Combined Degree Programs for UTSC Honours Bachelor of Science (HBSc)/ Honours Bachelor of Arts (HBA) with the Master of Teaching (MT) offered by the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education provide students with a direct pathway to the completion, in 6 years, of their Undergraduate degree, Ontario Teacher’s Certificate of Qualifications, and Master’s degree.​ These Combined Degree Programs allow students to complete 1.0 credit in courses that may be counted towards both degrees.

The Combined Degree Program option is:

  • Theatre and Performance Studies (Major), Honours Bachelor of Arts/ Master of Teaching

For more information, including Admission and Program requirements, see the Combined Degree Programs section of this Calendar.​

Guidelines for first-year course selection
Students who intend to complete a Theatre and Performance Studies Program should include ACMB01H3, VPDA10H3 and VPDA11H3 in their first-year course selection.
The Theatre and Performance Studies Program Study Guide can be found on the Department of Humanities website.

Service Learning and Outreach
For an experiential learning opportunity that also serves others, consider the course CTLB03H3 (Introduction to Service Learning), which can be found in the "Teaching and Learning” section of the Calendar.