Launching in fall 2011, York University's MFA in Design for Performing
Arts offers advanced studio training in contemporary performance design
with a focus on sustainable practices. The program is geared to theatre
professionals but also welcomes applicants from backgrounds such as
engineering, architecture etc who have a keen interest in innovative and
sustainable environments, technologies and design for all forms of
The objective of the field is to create an environment in which students
can explore both contemporary methods of design and new opportunities
generated by 21st-century performance-related technologies. The program
draws on the concept of sustainability not only from a technological
point of view, but also as a paradigm shift to how we design and
envision our theatre productions.
Students will be engaged in several areas of study: design theory,
methodology, practicum, ecological theory, research and design. A
collaborative approach to the creative process may include directors,
performers, designer-mentors, technical personnel and environmental
The first students will start in Fall 2011 with applications being
accepted in January of 2011.
For information on the MFA Program in Theatre at York, go to
or phone (416) 736-2100 ext 22204.
Chair, Department of Theatre