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.
Our students use the latest technology and learn in specialized labs and creative spaces.
Humber Studio Theatre
The Humber Studio Theatre is a flexible black box theatre featuring moveable seats for up to 120 people. It can be configured in any number of ways (end stage, thrust, arena) to allow you to exercise your creativity. This flexibility is especially valuable for experimental performances where unusual arrangements of audience and stage may be needed. Lighting, sound, rigging, and stage management classes are conducted in this space, giving students the real-world training they’ll need for professional venues.
This multipurpose room offers space for the delivery of Theatre Production’s comprehensive paint curriculum. It facilitates a smooth production workflow by offering easy access to other production shops, and is equipped with theatrical lighting, as well as pin rail and rigging, so that student work can be evaluated under real-world stage conditions.
The carpentry shop is a dedicated construction space fully equipped with the industry-standard tools, including table saws and drill presses, needed for set construction. All theatrical sets for the Humber Theatre production season are built on site in this space.
Organized just like a professional shop, the wardrobe shop is equipped with all the industry standard machines—including industrial machines, sergers and irons—needed to work with textiles. Students use this shop to craft theatrical costumes for Humber Theatre productions under the supervision of professional costumers.
Theatre props calls for a multitude of skills, and this multi-purpose shop can handle upholstery, moulding and casting, sculpture, soft goods, puppetry, small carpentry projects, life casting, painting, and a wide range of fabrication and assemblage projects. Every inch of the prop shop holds materials to discover, and industry appropriate tools to help students build theatre props large and small.
This AV classrooms feature a voice-over booth, a 24-track ProTools system, as well as Mac and PC audio/video workstations. Students use this space to record audio for dubbing, as well as edit video and sound cues.
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.
Faculty members are well-respected members of the theatre production and live entertainment community in the GTA.
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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Bachelor of Music Fall Performance Week
Tue, December 03, 2019 | TBD to Fri, December 06, 2019 | TBD
Success Story: Dan McCarthy
Tue, November 26, 2019
Dan McCarthy graduated from Humber's Community Music program in 2001. He recently moved back to Toronto from New York City and
his first project after arrival involved making a recording with his former Humber instructors.
Dan told us more about the CD and what he learned at Humber.
I recently released a new CD called City Abstract, featuring teachers from my Humber days: Ted Quinlan, Pat Collins, and Ted Warren. I had been living in NYC for the last 15 years and just moved back this spring, and this was the first project that I wanted to do. All three musicians had a huge impact on me when I was studying at Humber in the late 90’s, and it was an honour to be able to do a record with them.
I released a record in March of 2019 that features Steve Swallow on bass, Ben Monder on guitar, and Mark Feldman on violin. It was an absolute thrill to get to record with these legends, especially Steve Swallow, who played bass on all of my favourite Gary Burton records from the 1970s. So incredible!
I also did a trio recording with Thomas Morgan on bass and Rudy Royston on drums; that should be released in 2020. I'm very excited about this record too.
For me, it was huge to get to study with people that were actually out there playing on a regular basis. It really has a huge impact on young players, getting to learn from masters already out on the scene playing and doing their own thing.
Follow Dan on social media at @DanMcCarthy on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. (Photo credit: John Rogers)
Humber Lakeshore Wins at Adobe Creative Jam
Tue, November 26, 2019
Four students in Humber’s Advertising & Graphic Design program won first place in the 2019 Adobe Creative Jam.
Competing in a field of 72 teams from six college, Team “A-Block” -- comprised of Nicolas Diaz, Emily Little, Julia Laing, and Chelsea Speck – created an app to address academic integrity. Check out some images of the app here.
The Adobe Creative Jam is a design challenge that asks students to create a visual or motion design concept based on a theme revealed at the event. After three hours and no rules, the teams present their work to the jury in front of a rapt audience. The 2019 Jam drew over 300 students from Sheridan, George Brown, Seneca, OCADU, Algonquin College, and Humber.
Congratulations to all the students who competed, and especially to Team “A-Block”!
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Faculty of Media & Creative Arts Events
Tue, January 14, 2020 to Wed, January 15, 2020
Join us on January 14th or 15th and speak with our professors and students. Find out which of these Humber programs is right for you.
Faculty of Media & Creative Arts News
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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