Theatre & Drama (HBA)

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Theatre MaskTheatre & Drama Studies is a unique partnership in theatre training, offered jointly between UTM and the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

As a Theatre & Drama student, you will receive expert practical training in acting, balanced with a thorough exploration of dramatic history, theory and literature in this longstanding program. Graduates are well versed in the craft and business of acting having benefitted from small class sizes in new learning spaces.

You are given the opportunity to earn a two-year (equivalent) conservatory diploma in professional actor training from Sheridan in combination with a Specialist program focused on performance history, theory, and dramatic literature from UTM. This intensive combined program provides a foundation for a career in the professional theatre and for advanced theatre studies.

Programs & Requirements

OUAC Program Code: TMT
Approximate Grade Range: Low to mid 80s

The chart below is based on requirements in the Ontario curriculum. We will accept equivalent courses from other academic systems. Admission and approximate grade requirements are based on 6 Grade 12 "U" or "M", which includes English (ENG4U). See bottom of page for prerequisites legend.

Program Name & Options Prerequisites

Theatre & Drama Studies*


* U of T degree plus Sheridan College diploma earned

Audition Required

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Why Study Theatre & Drama at UTM?

Professional training

  • An intensive acting program in which students get extensive on-stage experience.
  • Combines courses in history and theory with courses in theatre practice.
  • Studio courses are taught at Sheridan by instructors in its well-established and highly-professional complex of Theatre programs.

Extensive, hands-on experience

  • Theatre & Drama Studies students participate in a season of five productions each year at our state-of-the-art Erindale Studio Theatre.
  • First- and second-year students are involved backstage or front of house – working with props, lighting, sound, or as ushers.
  • Third- and fourth-year students perform in the Theatre Erindale season. Third-year students appear in two Studio productions. Fourth-year students appear in Main Stage productions.
  • Each senior student is cast in at least two roles per year.
  • Third-year students perform in The Junior Project, which is performed individually.
  • Senior students receive one-on-one tutorial time with faculty to polish performance pieces.

On-campus theatres

  • Erindale Studio Theatre: Can be converted into all theatre types (black box, in the round) — and is used by local and touring professional theatre, dance and music groups.
  • Multimedia Studio Theatre at UTM is used as classroom and auxiliary production space.
  • Deerfield Studio A is used for studio productions.

Program Plans

Program Plans are quick and accessible overviews of the many academic and co-curricular opportunities available to help you get the most out of your UTM experience.

  • Theatre and Drama Studies (HBA) - specialist

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Careers by Major

The skills you develop combined with your experiences while at UTM can help you succeed in a number of occupations. Your program of study doesn't determine your career. Created by UTM's Career Centre, the Careers by Major database identifies some potential career fields, how to gain related skills and experience, and useful resources and job samples.

Chart Legend: Bio = Biology
C = Calculus & Vectors
Ch = Chemistry
F = Advanced Functions
Fr = French
Ita = Italian
M = Mathematics of Data Management
Math = One of the Grade 12 U Maths
Ph = Physics
/ = or
, = and
rec. = recommended
approx. = approximate

Sp = Specialist program
Ma = Major program
Mi = Minor program

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