Canada’s most comprehensive theatre program is coming to you!
Don’t miss this rare opportunity for an out-of-province audition with our faculty.
To audition you must first apply to York University. Admission to the program is based both on academic performance and artistic merit. Academic admissibility is assessed by York University, while artistic merit is evaluated by the Department of Theatre. Therefore, the application to the Theatre program is a two-step process.
Step 1: Apply to York University
Do you have concerns about your eligibility? Check out our Academic Requirements and select your academic history.
Step 2: Audition in Vancouver
Once you have applied to the program you will receive an email that will include your reference ID and directions for completing the Audition/Evaluation and Questionnaire. This email will be sent approximately 5-10 business days after you submit your application. If you are applying to more than one AMPD program, you must complete a separate Audition/Interview/Portfolio Review for each one.
The questionnaire, letter of recommendation and audition are intended to help us learn about your academic and artistic background, interests and goals as they relate to our Theatre program.
A $60 CAD evaluation fee is required to submit your questionnaire, then you will be able to book your audition. The location details for our Vancouver audition will be made available in the drop-down menu on our booking page after you have paid your evaluation fee.
What to prepare:
Our application process is designed to help us get to know you. What you choose to perform or present should reflect your interests, but does not imply that you will be limited to that area if you are accepted to the Department of Theatre. During our first year, all students experience foundation training in all areas of the program.
For the purposes of this evaluation, we prefer people to perform or present memorized or prepared material, rather than reading from a script or improvising. Please be prepared to receive redirection; it is our way of seeing if you can play. Please prepare no more than 3 minutes of material.
Applicants should come prepared to perform one of the following:
- a contemporary monologue – use only published plays – read the play and know the story, don’t use monologue books! (you may be asked questions about your character)
- a piece of your own dramatic writing
- a song (no accompanist) (some examples could be original, traditional, cover, standard, rap)
- a poem (some examples could be original, spoken word, slam, ASL)
- a comedy routine
- a dance piece (some examples could be street dance, traditional/folk dance, improvisational dance)
- a performance that does not use text (some examples could be puppets, installation, juggling)
Make an oral presentation about one of the following:
- your experience directing or dramaturging a play in production or a play in development
- your experience in teaching theatre (acting, movement, improvisation)
- your involvement in a community event or project
- your experience in one of the following: producing, stage managing or building costumes, lights, sets, props for a performance piece
- a design portfolio showcasing your original design work in costumes, sets, lighting or props (some examples could be drawings, photographs, painting)
- an organized documentation of your own art or craft work (drawings, photographs, costumes, props, sets, paintings, furniture, metalwork)
- a critique of a performance or play or artistic installation that you have seen
ii. Personal Interview
Your 5 minute personal interview gives us the opportunity to find out more about you, your interests and expectations, as well as to answer any questions you may have for us. Be prepared to talk about your presentation. We suggest that you write down any specific questions, considerations and/or thoughts you may have about our program ahead of time.
iii. Writing Exercise
You’ll be asked one question about plays you’ve seen recently. This gives you the opportunity to express your own ideas about theatre, as well as to demonstrate your writing abilities.
If possible, try to see several different shows from a variety of companies before your evaluation so you have something to write about! You may also see one of our plays in the Theatre @ York season before you come.
If you find you’re unable to attend this audition, we also accept submissions online. For more information about how to submit online, please visit our How To Apply page under “Step 2”.
Thank you for your interest in our Theatre program! We look forward to meeting you.