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Work with some of Canada’s finest creative talents


The program


Following the great success of the International English Programs, The University of Toronto now invites high school students to participate in its first-ever International Summer Theatre Program. Designed to help aspiring young artists explore their potential in the expressive arts, this intensive arts immersion program offers students the exciting opportunity to work with some of Canada’s finest creative talents and to enhance their understanding of the global arts landscape through direct exposure to Toronto’s rich, multicultural, and thriving arts scene.

Students will experience daily professional-level workshops in the dramatic arts, where they will be challenged to develop their own unique artistic voices and cultivate self-discipline as they learn how to work cooperatively with others to achieve team goals. The program’s small class sizes will ensure that students are given the chance to work closely with workshop instructors to receive personalized attention and get feedback on individual creative projects.

Outside daytime classes, students will be encouraged to take part in the city’s diverse, world-class cultural activities. Extracurricular group outings to professional theatre productions and concerts will be regularly organized for students and are a crucial feature of the program.

Beyond learning key concepts in the performing arts, students will learn invaluable social, leadership, and communication skills. The program includes daily two-hour English language classes with outstanding instructors. Being immersed in an English environment where students can continually practice their language skills will facilitate students’ linguistic abilities while helping them to build confidence.

Furthermore, the program will introduce youth to what is involved in becoming a student at The University of Toronto, one of North America’s most prestigious academic institutions. From living on campus in the beautiful dormitories at University College to experiencing the school’s reputably high standards in coursework, students will gain first-hand experience of life at The University of Toronto while making like-minded friends from other countries.

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University of toronto


 Founded in 1827
 Canada’s premier university
• Six Nobel Prize-winning graduates

The University of Toronto is Canada’s largest and most prestigious institution of higher learning.

Over the past 190 years, the University of Toronto has established itself as a world-class research institution with 17 schools and faculties, 13 fully affiliated teaching hospitals, 19 graduate institutions, and 75 PhD programs. The University’s accomplished alumni include four Canadian Prime Ministers and six Nobel Prize winners.

With an annual enrolment of over 80 000 students, including more than 10 000 international students, the University is Canada’s largest educational institution and continues to be the nation’s leader in higher learning and research. The University of Toronto is consistently ranked as one of the top 25 universities in the world.

The quality and range of the University of Toronto’s undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs attract students from across Canada and around the world. The University enrols more students, employs more faculty, and offers a greater range of courses than any other Canadian university.

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The University of Toronto’s International Summer Theatre Program is a joint undertaking between University College and The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. The program is administered by specialized employees at the University College offices.

Established in 1853, University College is the oldest of The University of Toronto’s seven St. George Campus colleges (in downtown Toronto).

The Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, has trained countless internationally renowned Canadian theatre and entertainment artists, including Maev Beaty, Yanna McIntosh, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Jessi Cruickshank, and Lisa Ryder.

All academic curricula for the International Summer Theatre Program are designed by The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. Instructors for the program are all highly experienced practitioners in their fields with many years of experience working in theatre communities across the globe.


Residence & Food


University College Residences

During their stay at the University of Toronto students live in the safe and secure environment of the dormitory-style University College Residences.  University College is located in the heart of the St. George Campus, and houses over 700 undergraduate students in their three residence buildings each year.  While living in the University College Residences, students have the opportunity to experience university residence life first-hand.

The majority of residence rooms at University College are single rooms, however, some students may be placed in a double room.  Requests will be filled based on availability.

Each room has:

  • 1 or 2 single bed(s)
  • Desk & Desk Chair
  • Dresser
  • Closet and full-length mirror
  • WiFi internet access
  • Window
  • Air conditioning or a ceiling fan

The residences also have common rooms and kitchenettes in each house, laundry facilities, music rooms, and games rooms. The Residence Porter’s Desk is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Dates & Fees

The upcoming session of the International Summer Theatre Program will run for three full weeks, from July 15 to August 5, 2017.

The application deadline for this program is April 30, 2017.

Fees for the 2017 session of the University of Toronto's International Summer Theatre Program range from $5000.00 CAD to $ 6600.00 CAD.

Information on payment options will be provided once students have registered and have received an official letter of acceptance from the International Summer Theatre Program Office.



Production still from Letters from and Empty Bed.  Photo credit: Karen Reeves

Production still from Letters from and Empty Bed.  Photo credit: Karen Reeves



Who can apply?

The University of Toronto’s International Summer Theatre Program is open to high school students between the ages of 15 and 18 who have a keen interest in the performing arts. Students applying to this program are expected to have an intermediate-to-advanced level of proficiency in English. As part of the application, students are required either to take an English language test that is specifically designed for our program (questions and answers), OR to submit test scores from a recognized standardized English language assessment (TOEFL or an equivalent) to verify that their language skills fit the program's language requirements. Scores from standardized assessment practice tests are accepted.

How do I apply?

To apply, submit the completed application form and English language assessment documents via email to

Please address your application email to:
Dr. Pia Kleber
Professor of Drama
Director of the Summer Program

To request the application form, please email

I have submitted my application. What's next?

Once you have sent your application form to our office, you will get an email confirming that we have received it. This email should come to you within a few days. Students who are accepted into the program will receive official letters of acceptance via email in May of 2017. If you receive a letter of acceptance, please be prepared to have a friendly Skype or phone interview with our staff. Once your application has been processed, we will send you an Acceptance Package with some final forms that you and your parents will have to fill out together and return to us.


For specific questions or concerns, please contact:
Jasmine Pauk
Program Coordinator
International Summer Theatre Program


Registered STUDENTS

This section of the website is designated for students who have applied to the International Summer Theatre Program and who have received their official letters of acceptance from the ISTP Office.


You are registered in our program for Summer 2017. Now what? 

You should read your Welcome Package very carefully, but you can also refer here for more information! Find out about what you should be doing before you arrive, what to do on arrival day, and what to expect during the program!

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Students from the Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies in The Frog Prince

>>>Welcome to the program

Students who have been accepted to the program should click here to find out about the next steps!

Production still from Blood and Ice.  Photo credit: Paul J. Stoesser

Production still from Blood and Ice.  Photo credit: Paul J. Stoesser

>>>SUPERVISION & RESIDENCE POLICIES                               

Let us put your minds at ease! Click here for more details about where you will be staying while you are at the University of Toronto, as well as our security procedures.


Contact Us

International Summer Theatre Program
University College, University of Toronto
15 King's College Circle
Toronto, ON, Canada
M5S 3H7