What will I learn?

The MA and PhD programs in Theatre & Performance Studies emphasize 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 performances across a broad range of cultural contexts –in theatres, galleries, rituals, the media, the streets, the political arena, mass spectacles, interpersonal interactions etc. – 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.

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. Click here for more details.

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.


  • Canadian Theatre and Cultural Politics
  • Postcolonialism and Globalization
  • Cultural Policy and Theatrical Economies
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Which department am I in?

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$18,821.00 (US$ 15,213) per year
Application deadline

15 December 2021

Start date

September 2022


Faculty of Graduate Studies

230 York Lanes, 80 York Boulevard,

York University, 4700 Keele Street,


Ontario (ON),

M3J 1P3, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements accepted: York English Language Test with a Overall band: 1-5; TOEFL: Computer-based: 220,Paper-based: 560; Test de français international(TFI) with a Overall score: 785.

For international students

MA in an Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences-related subject and a B+ average or higher.


Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based) - 600

Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based) - 100

IELTS (Academic Module) - 7.5

YUELI - Academic Program Level 9 with Distinction

YUELI Graduate Studies Preparation Program (GSPP) - Graduate with distinction

CAEL - Overall score of 70, no component score less than 60

Minimum CPE Score - C

Minimum CAE Score - B

Duolingo -125
PTE Academic -76

The application deadline is Dec 15.