Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies

Faculty List

K. Gallagher, ARCT (Piano), MEd, PhD, FRSC

Associate Director (Graduate) 
J. Carter, MA, PhD

Associate Director (Undergraduate) 
S. Boye, MA, PhD

P. Kleber, MA, PhD

Associate Professors
A. Budde, MA, PhD
T. N. Cesare Schotzko, MA, M Mus, PhD
X. Fan, MA, PhD
B. Freeman, MA, PhD (University of Toronto Scarborough)
J. Gallagher-Ross, MFA, DFA (University of Toronto Mississauga)
T. Trojanowska, MA, PhD

Assistant Professors 
S. Boye, MA, PhD
J. Carter, MA, PhD
D. Eacho, PhD
F. Gagliardi, B.Phil, MFA, PhD
E. Leffler, MA, PhD​ (University of Toronto Scarborough)
I. Nwankwo, MA, PhD

Senior Lecturer
K. Gass, BA

S. Pesic, MFA
D. Sears, MFA


The undergraduate program at the Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies (CDTPS) offers a unique combination of rich and rigorous scholarship with high standards of practical training. The program provides students with an integrated set of critical and artistic skills through which to engage with broader intellectual, social, and political issues in the Humanities and beyond. Along with courses in theatre and performance theory and history, dramatic literature, dramaturgy, technology, and practice-based lab courses, the Centre offers introductory and advanced studio courses in acting, production, design, directing, and playwriting. The Digital Dramaturgy Lab (squared) (DDL) 2 and the newly founded BMO Lab in Creative Research in the Arts, Performance, Emerging Technologies and AI, with their international scope and interdisciplinary approach, present the students with a unique opportunity to develop projects exploring the use of new technologies in the context of the performing arts.

Students graduating from our program have combined majors in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences, including English, Women and Gender Studies, Cinema Studies, Sexual Diversity Studies, Art History, Classics, Religion, Anthropology, Canadian Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Human Biology, Computer Science, and Cognitive Science.

The Centre’s undergraduate program has access to two theatres (the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse and Luella Massey Studio Theatre) and a number of performance and rehearsal spaces available to CDTPS students and faculty.

Please note: While some of our courses are open to all students of the University, others are restricted to students in a Drama Specialist, Major or Minor program. Some studio courses (Group B) require an audition, interview, or the submission of a portfolio. While entry into and progress through most of these studio courses require certain prerequisites, the Centre can grant exceptions on a case-by-case basis.

More details, including application guidelines and deadlines, can be found on our website at: https://www.cdtps.utoronto.ca/.

The Centre’s Undergraduate Administrative Coordinator, Colleen Osborn, is also available for consultation. For general enquiries or to schedule an appointment call 416-978-8099 or send an email to c.osborn@utoronto.ca.