About the Program

Welcome to University College Summer Drama for International Students, hosted at University of Toronto, Canada’s highest ranked university!

Spend your summer exploring drama, theatre, and performance, perfecting your English skills, making friends with students from around the world, and immersing yourself in Toronto’s vibrant cultural landscape!

Whether you are coming from a different city, country, or continent, UC Summer Drama offers an environment of growth and exploration for High School students. We accept students with experience and interest in theatre either through acting or digital media production for theatre (including sound design and music technology).

Part of the allure of this program is the international aspect of participants (intermediate, advanced, and fluent speakers of English are encouraged to apply).

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Choose Your Specialization: Acting or Digital Media & Sound Design

Acting Workshops

High-energy, intensive, and immersive classes for drama students:

  • Foundational acting including voice and movement, improv, monologue, and scene work
  • Specialized classes can include Intro to Shakespeare, acting for the Camera, fight choreography, playwriting, and more
  • Taught by Canada’s leading theatre professionals
  • Small class sizes
  • Students will examine the text from a traditional stage acting point of view, then acting for the camera, and finally incorporate emerging technology in the performance
  • The program culminates in a final performance

Digital Media Sound Design Workshops

Dynamic, immersive workshops exploring digital media & sound design in performance:

  • Explore digital media design in theatre, dance, and live performance
  • Experiment with sound design and music production
  • Learn recording fundamentals including assembling and mixing
  • Practice video editing
  • Taught by Canada’s leading instructors from the Faculty of Music at U of T
  • Small class sizes
  • Students will work on small projects, including a city soundscapes sound design project, and will collaborate with the acting students to provide sound design for the final performance

Embodied English Classes

Creative, acting-focused English classes:

  • For intermediate to advanced English speakers*
  • Innovative approach using acting techniques to achieve full-fluency communication
  • Fine-tune language skills in a fun, exploratory setting
*Fluent English speakers may opt for public speaking in lieu of Embodied English classes.

Co-curricular Activities and Outings

Explore Toronto, its theatre, and culture:

  • Excursions to explore Toronto’s vibrant arts and culture scene
  • Talks and guided tours with leading theatre and music professionals
  • Visits to major theatre and musical productions
  • All-inclusive (admission fees, tickets, transportation, etc. are already included in the program fee)
University College

University College and University of Toronto

University College Summer Drama for International Students is hosted by University College 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).

Founded in 1827, the University of Toronto is now a world-class institution of learning, discovery, and knowledge creation. The University has 17 schools and faculties, 13 fully affiliated teaching hospitals, 19 graduate institutions, and 75 PhD programs, and its 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 20 universities in the world, rising in its rankings every year.

The University of Toronto ranks first in Canada and eighteenth globally according to the 2023 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Global Universities Rankings.

Faculty of Music

The digital media sound design component of UC Summer Drama is hosted by the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto.

Home to a diverse and dynamic community of scholars, performers, composers, and educators, the U of T Faculty of Music offers a supportive community in one of the world’s most diverse and dynamic cities. The Faculty of Music provides a superb learning environment, an internationally renowned teaching faculty, multiple performance halls, and an outstanding music library collection.
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Faculty of Music

Meet the Team

Acknowledgement of Traditional Land

We wish to acknowledge this land on which UC Summer Drama for International Students operates as part of University College, University of Toronto. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit.