Independent Student Productions (ISPs) are shows that are totally produced by Theatre and Drama Studies Students. They receive a minimal amount of monetary support but are under direct supervision and advice from UTM and Sheridan staff and faculty. This is a chance for a prospective director to do a show that has been a pet project in their mind or has inspired them in the past, and see it come to fruition. ISPs often include little-seen, experimental or obscure plays, or new works-in- progress by TDS Students, as well as popular chestnuts like Zoo Story and 'Dentity Crisis.
Each ISP is scrutinized by a panel of advisors and the Artistic Director before being accepted for production. From there on, the director, producer, stage managers and the rest of the crew go through a full audition and structured rehearsal process and are allowed to use TDS facilities to produce their show. The end results are "B4 The Fringe" (in the fall term) and "On The Fringe" productions (in the spring). These are three show dates only and are offered to subscribers for free and the general public for a Pay-What-You-Can price. The ISPs are a valuable learning experience for all involved, especially for the directors.
Over 70 plays have been produced thus far, and 20 have been original works and world premières, and lately, we have even done musicals! Usually we do three plays at a time, but one festival consisted of 7 productions over 4 days, with a marathon Saturday!
ISPs are always fun, interesting and well worth the admission price
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