U of T Spotlight

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:


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WorkshopsWorkshop 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.

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Play Reading

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 >>


CabaretsCabaret 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.

Upcoming Cabaret

When: TBD
Where: TBD
Host: TBA

U of T Spotlight is pleased to invite you to the Cabaret Nights! 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. 



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.


2016 Winners:

Emma Tse

First place ($500 prize) awarded to Emma Tse for BEN


Second place ($150 prize)  to Clarrie Feinstein for FRUIT OF THE TREE

Alexandra Jones

Third place $100 prize) awarded to Alexandra Jones for SIX PIECES









Interested participants should read the following documents: