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University of Toronto
International Summer
Theatre Programs




Following the great success of the International English Programs, The University of Toronto now invites high school, undergraduate, and graduate students to participate in its exciting new International Summer Theatre Programs. Designed to help aspiring young artists explore their potential in the expressive arts, our intensive arts immersion programs offer students the unique 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.

Our students experience daily professional-level workshops in the dramatic arts, where they are challenged to develop their own artistic voices and cultivate self-discipline as they learn how to work cooperatively with others. The program’s small class sizes 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 are encouraged to take part in the city’s diverse, world-class cultural activities. Extracurricular group outings to professional theatre productions and concerts are regularly organized for students and are a crucial feature of our programs.

Beyond learning key concepts in the performing arts, our students learn invaluable social, leadership, and communication skills. Being immersed in a focused English environment where students can continually practice their language skills facilitates students’ linguistic abilities while helping them to build confidence.

Furthermore, the program introduces 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.

We offer three Theatre Program Streams:


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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 Programs are jointly hosted by University College and The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto.

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.


This year, we are honoured to have Jean-Jacques Lemêtre (of Paris' famous Théâtre du Soleil) lead theatre music workshops for our students!


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 Programs will run for three full weeks, from July 14 to August 4, 2018.

The application deadline for our programs is April 30, 2018.
Spaces are limited. Please apply as soon as possible.

All-inclusive fees for the 2018 session of the University of Toronto's International Summer Theatre Programs are $5800.00 CAD.



Click here to download your 2018 Application Form

Information on payment options will be provided once students have applied and 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



Click here to download your 2018 Application Form

Who can apply?

We offer separate program streams for high school students (ages 15-17), undergraduate students, and graduate students who have a keen interest in the performing arts. All students applying to our programs are expected to have an intermediate-to-advanced level of proficiency in English.

Students applying to Program Streams 1 or 2 Performance Summer Intensives are required to take our program's English  language test 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 practice tests are accepted.

University students applying to Program Stream 3 Playwriting Summer Intensive are required to submit the following with their application form:
· 2 brief excerpts from works for the stage: 2-5 pages each
· An excerpt of writing from any creative writing genre: 2 - 5 pages
· A 150 – 250 word statement about your writing goals, including what you hope to achieve by participating in this summer intensive

How do I apply?

To apply, submit the completed application form and required application documents via email to no later than April 30, 2018.

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 one week. Students who are accepted into the program will receive official letters of acceptance via email by mid-May 2018. If you receive an acceptance letter, please be prepared to have a friendly Skype or phone interview with our staff. Once your application has been processed, we will send you a Welcome Package and some final forms that you will have to complete and return to us.


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


Contact Us

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