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Message from the Chair

BFA – Bachelor of Fine Arts

Acting, Dance, and Production/Design

Caroline O'Brien

The School of Performance delivers conservatory training in the disciplines of acting, dance and production / design.  The curriculum embraces a balance of theory and practice, studio training and live performance while encouraging the risks that are needed to develop creative and critical thinkers in the twenty-first century.  The principal of collaboration is at the core of every class and production we offer.

For almost 50 years, the Ryerson School of Performance, formerly Ryerson Theatre School, has been the catalyst for students to realise their dreams of successful careers in the performing arts and entertainment industries.  The School is synonymous with professional training in acting, dance, voice and movement, costume, scenic design, stage construction, lighting, sound, projections, production and stage management, marketing and publicity.  Our graduates join a roster of highly accomplished artists in the fields of acting, dance and production / design locally and globally, and many have pursued graduate studies in programs of choice at Yale University, Trinity College Dublin, University of Edinburgh, DAMU in Prague, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, York University and Ryerson University.  Our students participate in international programs that have occurred in Croatia, Greece, Scotland, Perth Australia, and London South Bank.  We continue to explore international opportunities.

If you are new to our School, we welcome your interest in what we offer.  A special and warm welcome to students entering the first year of study in the School of Performance as you make a commitment to the risks and rewards of an education in the performing arts.  Welcome back to returning students as you continue to explore your passion for the stage and all that it has to offer – you are well on your way towards a deeper understanding of the merits of a rich cultural life – your talent and passion are what have brought you to the School.  Your faculty and staff are drawn from across the profession both nationally and internationally and remain dedicated to your training at the highest possible standard.  We are here to encourage and guide you as you meet and surpass your artistic and academic goals at Ryerson.

Part of the Faculty of Communication and Design, our school is recognized nationally and internationally for the conservatory training we offer performers in the research, study, production and performance of live theatre and dance.  We are dedicated to principles of inclusion, equity, diversity, integrity and mutual respect as we work with you to realize your dreams of successful careers in the performing arts and entertainment industries.

Caroline O’Brien
Interim Chair of Performance
Ryerson University