U of T Spotlight is an initiative to enhance the engagement of students from all three campuses in theatre activities outside of the classroom. U of T spotlight centres around four core events and opportunities that are organised and run by students:
Find more information about U of T Spotlight, their upcoming events and members on their Facebook page here >>
Workshop Series: The workshops series is designed to facilitate an intimate environment where students from any level of experience can learn theatrical skills from a leader’s experience. They are open to, and free for all currently enrolled U of T students, in any program or year of study. The vast range of drama skills we have learned through the workshops have been a huge appeal for our students. Past workshops have included: Audition Technique, Hand-to-Hand Stage Combat, Writer’s Discussion, Improvisation Basic and Actor’s Warm-up.
To see what’s upcoming and to register for a workshop, visit here >>
Play Reading Series: This series aims to provide current students with opportunities to engage with their favourite dramatic works, as well as new creations written by their peers. This event will take place in a social space where playwrights, actors and audience alike can interact with the work while building community connections.
BEN by Emma Tse, winner of last season’s Playwriting Competition
Selected as the reading for the 2016/2017 season. Read in early December 2016.
U of T Spotlight’s Play Reading is a social night centered on ideas of peer support and collaboration, where students read plays written by fellow students! This year, Spotlight’s 2015-2016 Playwriting Competition winner Emma Tse will lead a live reading of her play, Ben, at the Victory Cafe located in the Annex. Please note: there will be a cash bar and appetizers will be provided! Participation is not required and audience members are invited to come enjoy the unique theatrical experience. For those wishing to read, acting experience is certainly not required to participate, but you are asked to register here >>
Cabaret Series: The Cabarets take place in the Arbor Room of Hart House, where the stage is set up, the mics and speakers provided and a supportive audience witnesses a wide range of talents. Past Cabarets have hosted stand-up comics, beatboxers, musicians, spoken-word poets and many more.
Where: Arbor Room, Hart House
Host: Christina Kompson
U of T Spotlight is pleased to invite you to the Cabaret Nights of the 2016/2017 theatre season! All are welcome to this celebration of diverse student talent. Past Cabarets have hosted stand-up comics, beatboxers, musicians, spoken-word poets, and many more. Non-U of T performers may not register to perform at this time, but are welcome to attend the event and participate in Open Mic at the end of the evening’s performances. Performers, please register here >>
Playwriting Competition: U of T Spotlight is dedicated to supporting student playwrights. An adjudication panel will select one winner and two runners up after the conclusion of the contest. Winning scripts are awarded cash prizes and student playwrights of all experience levels are encouraged to submit their original, unproduced works.
2017 Judges are Susan Bond, Rebecca Ostroff and Sarah Robbins.
Rebecca is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto, where she majored in Drama and Psychology. She is currently filling in for Gillian Lewis as the Education and Production Coordinator at Hart House Theatre, as well as the staff advisor for U of T Spotlight. Rebecca is a writer, director, and performer, whose play All I Want was the runner-up in the 2015 Playwriting Competition. She is thrilled to be on this year’s panel, and cannot wait to read some new student works!
Interested participants should read the following documents:
- Playwriting Competition FAQ
- Playwriting Competition Criteria
- Playwriting Competition Submission Form to be completed and submitted with your script to firstname.lastname@example.org.