M.A. On Campus

Theatre and Performance Studies

York University

12 months
12550 CAD/year
2870 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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The Theatre and Performance Studies MA program at York University emphasizes our collective interest in theatre, performance, and cultural politics. For us, this means teaching classes that explore performance both on stage and in everyday life in order to highlight the cultural, political, material and ideological dimensions of performance practices – both past and present.


Studying Theatre and Performance Studies MA program at York University helps to capture the potential performance has to frame critically-nuanced responses to public events, and thus to model politically and ethically engaged forms of public life. Our areas of program specialization that structure our curriculum and degree requirements reflect this focus.

  • Canadian Theatre and Cultural Politics
  • Postcolonialism and Globalization
  • Cultural Policy and Theatrical Economies
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Embodiment and Cultural Memory
  • Environment and Cultural Geography
  • Critical Pedagogy and Community Engagement
  • Intermediality and Technology

Learning outcomes

We encourage our students to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of theatre and performance by taking courses, and working closely with, supervisory faculty who come from diverse backgrounds in a range of disciplines including Theatre Studies, Performance Studies, Anthropology, Business, Cinema and Media Studies, Dance Studies, English, Environmental Studies, Humanities, Gender, Feminist, and Women’s Studies, Nursing, Sociology and Visual Arts. Students also have ample opportunities to engage in performance practice through coursework, workshops, and department activities.

We take seriously York’s commitment to forging a just and sustainable world through critical and artistic inquiry and encourage our students to do the same.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theatre and Performance in the Americas: Memory, Colonialism and Power
  • Solo Performance Creation: Devising for Solo Performance in any Medium
  • Post-Apartheid Drama: Theatricalizing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Issues in Dance Ethnography & Cultural Studies
  • Research Methods
  • Performance Art: Politics and Aesthetics
  • Suffrage and Sexuality on the Stage

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


24 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Resumé or CV
  • Statement of interest
  • A writing sample (max. 6,250 words)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12550 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6275 CAD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    2870 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1435 CAD per semester during 12 months.

Part time tuition fees:

  • National students - $717
  • International students - $3137

Living costs for Toronto

1502 - 2563 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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