Humber’s Theatre Arts - Production diploma program provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to launch your career working in the professional theatre industry. You will learn how to build exquisite props, puppets, costumes, set pieces and painted scenery; how to incorporate light and sound into a theatrical performance; and how to serve the collaborative team through stage and production management. You will develop hands-on expertise mounting productions for the Humber Theatre season in partnership with students enrolled in our Theatre Arts - Performance program. The Humber Theatre season is fully integrated with the academic curriculum to ensure a balanced learning environment.
We focus on creative work in a collaborative artistic environment with professional discipline, broad-based training and education in all areas of production for the performing arts, while instilling a commitment to lifelong learning in this constantly changing field.
All of our faculty have substantial industry experience, and part-time instructors have full-time professional careers. As well, professional directors, designers, rehearsal stage managers, fight directors and other specialists outside of the faculty are brought in for the Humber Theatre season and other projects. We hire directors and designers who are known for their unusual and innovative approaches. Their creativity brings constant challenges, excitement and learning opportunities to the Humber Theatre production season and enhances in-class instruction. These professionals often provide our students with contacts, references and employment opportunities.Courses Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Each year, Humber Theatre presents a number of original productions which demand the full creative engagement of performance and production students under the guidance of internationally recognized artists.
Students in our program use a flexible black box theatre, which features moveable seats for up to 120 people. It can be configured in any number of ways (end stage, thrust, arena), allowing people to exercise their creativity. This is especially valuable for experimental performances where unusual arrangements of audience and stage may be needed. We have well-equipped wardrobe, carpentry, paint and prop shops, and a wide range of lighting, sound and rigging equipment.
Humber works with many professional theatres, equipment suppliers, production service companies, professional organizations, artists and unions who assist with equipment, facilities, expertise, workshops, backstage tours and professional opportunities. Recent partners include Airmagic Pyrotechnics & Special Effects, Freeman Audio Visual, The Set Shop, Canada’s Wonderland, Canstage, Canadian Opera Company, Christie Lites, Cirque du Soleil, Clay and Paper Theatre, Contact Distribution, Factory Theatre, Hamilton Scenic Specialty, IATSE Locals 58, 822 and 828, Jack A. Frost Ltd., Natural Resources Canada – Explosives, Regulatory Division, Nightswimming Theatre, Oakville Centre for Performing Arts, One Little Goat, Paragon Props, Production Resource Group (PRG), Pyrotek Special Effects Inc., RC4 Wireless Dimming and Motion, Red Pepper Spectacle Arts, Rosco Laboratories Ltd., SF Marketing, Shaw Festival Theatre, Show Pro, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Tarragon Theatre, The Living Arts Centre, The Puppetmongers, The Rabbit’s Choice, Common Boots Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, and William F. White Ltd.
With more than 90 venues in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and many more producing companies, Toronto is the third-largest theatre centre in the English-speaking world. Toronto is also the source of theatre productions, concert tours and industrial shows that tour nationally and internationally.
There are many opportunities behind the scenes for the technicians and craftspeople we train, and our graduates make careers as carpenters, prop builders, puppeteers, conventional and moving light technicians, sound technicians, wardrobe personnel, riggers, and scenic painters.
In the management realm, our graduates work as stage managers, technical directors and production managers. Our graduates also work in related areas of the entertainment industry including cruise ships, theme parks, ice shows, concert tours, industrial presentations, specialized service companies, and film and television. Some graduates form companies collaborating with performers and designers to create original work. Your career may also take you to more senior management positions.
Working at Heights and Personnel Lift Training
Qualified students have the opportunity to earn Working at Heights and Personnel Lift Training certifications as part of their program. There may be an additional cost involved.
Note: The requirements for licensure are determined by the granting body, which is independent from Humber College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.
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Noon Concert: Hilario Duran Contumbao
Wed, October 30, 2019 | 12:15 PM
Humber Music hosts a free noon-hour concert series. This week will showcase Hilario Duran Contumbao.
Multiple JUNO Award-winner Hilario Durán grew up in Havana in a musical family surrounded by a variety of diverse musical influences on a daily basis. He began working as a professional musician in Cuba’s Los Papa Cun-Cun Ensemble and in a variety of musical formats. Later on, in the 70s, Durán was Chucho Valdés’ chosen successor in Cuba’s most modern big band, Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna. Hilario toured worldwide and performed with Dizzy Gillespie and Michel Legrand, among many others, and as part of Arturo Sandoval’s band where he was pianist/keyboardist, arranger and musical director for 9 years. Hilario is an adjunct piano professor and ensemble director at Humber College. Contumbao is his most recent recording as a band leader.
Bria Hiebert Wins 2019 Tim Sims Encouragement Award
Wed, September 11, 2019
Bria Hiebert may have graduated from Humber only this spring, but she’s already making a name for herself as a stand-up comic, writer and actor.
A Q&A with David Kloepfer, author of Cheap Thrills
Thu, August 22, 2019
In October, after a decade of writing and rewriting, submitting and resubmitting, David Kloepfer’s first novel, Cheap Thrills, will hit bookstores.
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Fall 2019 Open House
Sat, November 16, 2019 | 10:00 AM
Come to Open House and get a solid understanding of what it's really like to be a Humber student.
Visiting the campus is one of the best ways to make a decision about college, so join us and speak to faculty and current students, see the labs and take a tour!
General Sessions & Campus Tours
The journey to college brings many questions about your future career, but what about residence, athletics, transfer options or financial assistance? General sessions are designed to help answer these questions and many more. Find the General Sessions related to your campus and come take a tour with us.
School Program Sessions, Tours and Information Booths
Don't just imagine where you'll be studying at Humber, come see for yourself. Program sessions and lab tours offer a better understanding of the learning environment. Staff will provide detailed information about your program, the scope of the industry today and where your education could take you. Feel free to ask questions about your program, curriculum, career and placement opportunities.
Thu, August 22, 2019 | 10:00 AM
You are about to join one of the most amazing colleges in Canada. Learn about your Orientation Experience.
Radio Humber and BRTV Collaborate to showcase Indie Canadian Artists
Thu, June 13, 2019
96.9 Radio Humber teamed up with the Broadcast Television/Videography Program to bring Canadian artists on campus for an interview and performance.
Faculty of Media and Creative Arts Students Win Big at this Year's Skills Ontario Competition
Mon, May 27, 2019
The Faculty of Media and Creative Arts would like to congratulate four of our students who won at Skills Ontario this spring.
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