Alumni Performance Project

The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies is pleased to continue the CDTPS Alumni Performance Project. This project is an exciting and privileged platform to develop and present innovative theatre performance targeted at recent alumni who want to establish careers in the professional theatre world. Recent graduates (Drama Specialist, Major, MA or PhD) who graduated between June 2016 and this coming June 2021 are eligible. This year’s Alumni Performance Project event is scheduled to take place during reading week — November 8 to 12. 

We are planning for both a live performance if in-person events are permitted on campus in addition to an online incubator-style event in which a selection of submitted projects will have the opportunity to showcase their work in 10 to 15-minute scenes/vignettes and participate in a moderated discussion about their work and processes.  

Beginning this September, U of T is planning to have most courses, student services and co-curricular activities take place in person, with the possible exception of large-scale gatherings. We will continue to follow public health guidance closely in order to protect the health and safety of all members of the University community. Due to possible restrictions, audience capacity may be limited. If we find out that we cannot hold an in person live event in November 2021, we would like to offer May 2022 as a backup date for the live performance candidate(s).  

What you need to do: 

  • Submit the application and proposal by Friday, May 25, 2021 (see below) 
  • Be a self-contained company with key artistic positions held by Drama Centre alumni. The Centre will allow access to our set, props, costumes, publicity, etc. as available and pending on if in person events are allowed
  • Arrange for your own insurance coverage (we can provide details) if selected 
  • Arrange for your show’s performance rights (if applicable) 
  • Hold a talk back session for current students after one performance 
  • Attend progress meetings and have a post-mortem with members of the selection committee 
  • Arrange box office and front of house (in person event only) 
  • After the run, restore the theatre to its original condition (in person event only) 

What you get if you are selected to participate in the in person live performance: 

  • A show that runs Thursday to Saturday night with a Sunday matinee: Dates Nov. 11–14. 
  • Rehearsal space in September and October as available 
  • Technical equipment available (specifics to be detailed) 
  • House Technician for loading in, tech, performance and strike 
  • Creative support and technical advice (meetings TBD) 
  • The box office revenue ($10 ticket price for CDTPS Community) 

What you get if you are selected to participate in the online incubator project:  

  • Access to our spaces 
  • Paid technical support 
  • Use of equipment (theatrical, audio-visual) 
  • Promotional support 
  • Student support in the form of paid CAP/TPA hours 

Space, tech support, and equipment will be organized in conjunction with Ariel Martin-Smith (Manger, Theatre Operations) and Andrew Leeke (Technical Director).  Tara Maher (Communications & Events Officer) will be your contact for promotion.  

Interview: You will be asked to attend an interview (tentatively early June 2021). 

Please note: As non-University of Toronto employees, the selected companies will be working at their own risk. If you are injured as a result of an accident, you will not be covered by the Workplace Safety Insurance Act (formerly the Worker’s Compensation Act) or the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The University of Toronto does not provide any health or accident insurance coverage for you and cannot assume any responsibility for injury to you or for loss or damage to your personal property while on University premises. The selected companies must make their own arrangements for liability insurance. 

Please submit your Alumni Performance Project application and documents by 4pm on May 25, 2021

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For further information, contact Ariel Martin-Smith at | 416-975-7995.