Call for Submissions: MFA in Stage Direction at York University in Collaboration with Canadian Stage, York University

York University’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Canadian Stage announce the next intake into their collaborative program in theatre directing Specialized MFA to interview candidates in Fall 2014

The York University MFA in Theatre – Stage Direction in Collaboration with Canadian Stage brings together one of Canada’s pre-eminent theatre schools and one of the country’s leading not-for-profit contemporary theatre companies, to offer highly specialized, advanced training in large-scale theatre directing. The two-year program allows students to develop their creative and technical skills to the highest level within a rigorous academic and professional context.


Students are deeply immersed in the professional world of theatre as they integrate their studio work at York with involvement in artistic projects at Canadian Stage. The program is customized for each student based on their experience, artistic orientation and goals. Key elements of this enriched academic experience include the opportunity to direct a Canadian Stage production and an internship with a major national or international theatre. For example, we’ve been able to arrange internships with Robert Carsen in Baden Baden, Ivo van Hove in Amsterdam, and Peter Sellars in London.

Artistic and General Director Matthew Jocelyn, and current Mentors Chris Abraham and Peter Hinton, serve to guide students in the MFA program, working closely with graduate faculty in York’s Department of Theatre. In mentorship positions individually designed to best suit the MFA candidates’ needs, Hinton and Abraham work one-on-one with the students to facilitate their professional development as theatre directors. Their positions and Canadian Stage’s participation in the MFA program are generously supported by BMO Financial Group.

The next session of the MFA program in Stage Direction begins in September 2015, but York’s Graduate Program in Theatre is accepting applications now: the deadline for applications is September 3, 2014. Directors with extremely strong individual and interpretive voices and substantial professional experience are invited to apply. Candidates should be committed to developing their artistic and technical skills and have a clear interest in working on a large scale.

For more information, visit http://theatre.gradstudies.yorku.ca/directing/stage-direction/ and for information on how to apply to this program, see http://theatre.gradstudies.yorku.ca/how-to-apply-stage-direction-in-collaboration-with-canadian-stage/