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Theatre Arts - Technical Production

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Program Code: 04891 Credential: Diploma Program Length: 4 semesters
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Program Overview

Humber’s Theatre Arts - Technical Production diploma program provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to launch your career working in the performing arts industry. By learning how to build props, costumes and set pieces; paint scenery; incorporate light, sound and projections into a theatrical performance or live event; and serve the collaborative team through stage management, you will have the foundational knowledge to work in the entertainment industry.  

We focus on creative work in a collaborative artistic environment with professional discipline, broad-based training and education in all areas of technical production for the performing arts, while instilling a commitment to lifelong learning in this constantly changing field. Our faculty have substantial industry experience and full-time professional careers in the performing arts industry. We teach production primarily through the lens of theatrical productions since theatre is the most holistic amalgamation of the skills and techniques required by all performing arts. During your time in the program, you will also have opportunities to collaborate and be exposed to some of Humber’s other exciting creative programs. Collaborations with external partners further round out your overall experience and provide networking opportunities to help kick start your career.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  1. Design and construct the physical elements for stage and actors to achieve production-specific goals.
  2. Provide a cohesive production experience through the integration and operation of theatre technology.
  3. Collaborate with all members of a production team to enable the creative expression of diverse ideas and concepts.
  4. Maintain safety standards for theatre operations.
  5. Manage all phases of a theatre production to industry standards.
  6. Integrate applied research on national and international theatrical history and culture to inform professional discussions.


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The Humber Advantage

This section highlights examples of the projects our students executed in classes, where they learn the theory and individual skills for each of the disciplines that make up the broader term Technical Production.

This section highlights the most recent work of our students on theatrical productions, which were either produced in collaboration with the Acting program or industry partners. These productions are the practicum through which students apply the theory, skills, and techniques learned in class to an actual show or event.

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Approaching Zero

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A Field Guide to Fevers and Curses

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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And the King Dances

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Singer on stage

Blood and Roses

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Community Week

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Community Week 2016

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Danceries

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Delete After Death

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Grimm

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Pentheus

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Poetry Project

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Shadowplay

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Stop/Look

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Survivalists: A Radio play

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Swimming for Shore

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The Caucasian Chalk Circle

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The Clowns

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The Country of the Blind

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The Idiot

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The Scattered Dust of Antigone

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Theatre for Young Audiences '14

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Theatre for Young Audiences '15

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Theatre for Young Audiences '16

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This Side of Heaven

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Till Eulenspiegel

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Tir Na Nog: A Visitor's Tale

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Tristram Shandy

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Unfinished Passage

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Wasted on the Young

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Year 25 Vigil

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TomorrowLand

TomorrowLove

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Songs of Class and Dirt

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The Humans

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Pandora in Blue Jeans

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Elektra

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Infinity Machine

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Sycorax Brood

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U-R-U

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Sara AhmadiehRad

Sara’s training at Humber sparked a love of the theatre and entertainment industries, and a desire to develop her craft as a scenic painter.

Nina Hartt

A 2011 Humber grad, Nina is now apart of the Production Faculty. She enjoys seeing her students get excited about their projects, and loves bringing new tricks, materials, and new methods into the classroom.

Lisa Humber

Since graduating from Humber’s Theatre Arts - Production program in 2005, Lisa Humber’s career in stage management has been defined by one word: variety.

Jordan Konek

Jordan Konek has done both many things. We caught up with this enterprising former student via email to hear more about his inspiring work in Iqaluit and abroad.

Expert Faculty

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Our faculty are working professionals in the theatre production and live entertainment industry in the GTA and across Canada. Their work encompasses highly creative disciplines, highly technical ones, and everything in between, within the context of producing theatre and live events.

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Tom Baranski

Tom has a BFA in theatre production from York University and has worked in the theatre and live-event industry as a technician, carpenter, and technical director since he graduated in 2006. His passion for teaching was sparked in 2008 when he accepted a part-time instructor position in York University’s Theatre Department, teaching the subjects of lighting, rigging, and sound. By 2010 he had his TESOL certification and went abroad for a year to teach. Upon returning in 2011, he once again immersed himself in the world of theatre accepting the position of head carpenter/assistant technical director at Tarragon Theatre. Tom has also worked for companies such as Soulpepper, Theatre Passe Muraille, Factory Theatre, The Blyth Festival, and, most recently, as a carpenter and project lead at McWood Studios. He has been teaching in Humber College’s Theatre Production program since 2013 and some of his hobbies include backcountry camping, canoeing, and playing Dungeons & Dragons.

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Tanya Greve

Tanya is honoured to be the program co-ordinator for the Theatre Arts – Production program in the Faculty of Media & Creative Arts. She holds a BA from the University of Toronto – St. George Campus with an Honours Specialist in Drama and English.

Tanya’s professional career has spanned over 25 years working as a company manager, general manager and foremost as a stage manager. Her career has taken her across the country working with innovative artists focusing on the creation of new theatrical works.

"I truly love the opportunity to be a creative artist within the rehearsal hall and I enjoy every day I am able to instill this idea with our students in Theatre Production."

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Barbara Martin

Barbara is a freelance theatrical costumer with over 35 years' experience. She graduated from the theatre production program at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute and has a Bachelor of Education with Teacher Certification from the University of New Brunswick. She also completed a year’s internship in costume cutting and construction at the Banff School of Fine Arts.

Barbara has costumed for many highly regarded professional theatres such as Mirvish Productions (Lion King, Mama Mia, The Producers, Hair Spray, Jane Eyre), Stratford Festival, the Canadian Opera Company, The National Ballet, Canadian Stage, and Tarragon Theatre. She has had the honour of being head of wardrobe for both Young People’s Theatre and Theatre New Brunswick.

Recently, Barbara ventured into film costuming where she has worked on productions such See, Mrs. America, Umbrella Academy and Star Trek Discovery.

Barbara has taught at Humber College since 2014 and also taught at Ryerson University.

Your Career

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 technicians and craftspeople, and our graduates make careers as scenic carpenters and prop builders, conventional and moving light technicians, sound technicians, wardrobe personnel, riggers, scenic painters, and assistant designers. 

In the management realm, our graduates work as part of a stage management team and as technical directors. 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 or to further training to hone your skills in a specialized area of the industry or in design.

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Working at Heights and Scissor Lift & Personnel Lift Training

Qualified students have the opportunity to earn Working at Heights and Scissor Lift and Personnel Lift Training certifications as part of the program.

Additional requirements may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

Program Availability

Start dates between Sept 2023 - Aug 2024
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Start dates between Sept 2023 - Aug 2024
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September 2023 Lakeshore Opening Soon

The Clowns

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Cassandra DePetrillo has been working in the film and television industry since she graduated from the Film and Television Production program in 2011.

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Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 4 requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses: 
      • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent) 
      • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above

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    or

    Recommended

    • Grade 12 Mathematics (MAP4C, MCT4C, MDM4U, MCB4U, MGA4U, MCV4U or MHF4U (or equivalent)

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet all listed course requirements.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • Resume and Letter of Intent

  • Applicants must submit a current resume and a letter of intent between 500-700 words. 

    In the letter of intent, please describe why you are interested in the Theatre Arts – Production program at Humber and how you believe this program will support your future career goals. Similar to the industry itself, Humber's Theatre Arts - Production program requires passion and values collaboration. Please include examples of how your passion and spirit of collaboration have been reflected in your own work whether theatre related or not.

    Submission Instructions

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

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Fees

The 2022-2023 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic: $4,360.06
  • international: $16,394.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Additional Costs

$100 to $150 – personal protective equipment (safety shoes, hard hat, safety glasses, etc.); $300 to $350 – required tools; $570 to $600 – textbooks; $120 – drafting and other materials

Scholarships

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Explore Opportunities through Humber Pathways

Humber Pathways include:

  • Opportunities to build on your college education and complete your diploma or degree at Humber.
  • Degree and graduate study opportunities at other institutions in Ontario, Canada and abroad.
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Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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Contact Information

Tanya Greve, program co-ordinator
416-675-6622 ext. 79059
tanya.greve@humber.ca

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

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