2024 Hart House U of T Drama Festival

Presented by Hart House Theatre and the U of T Drama Coalition

Feb 27 – Mar 2, 2024
  • Adjudicated by Kevin Matthew Wong
Run Time: 3 hours
Venue: Hart House Theatre
Note: There will be a short break in between performances
  • Students
  • Seniors
  • Adults
Door Sales / Will Call:
  • The Will Call window is located through the main theatre entrance.

  • Opens at 5 pm for evening performances and 11 am for matinees.

  • 416-978-2452

Tickets (Link opens in a new window)


The Hart House University of Toronto Drama Festival is a competitive festival intended to provide an encouraging platform for the development of student talents, promotion of creativity and the recognition of excellence in theatrical performance and production. The festival provides an opportunity for U of T students from all campuses to compete for fun and adjudicated awards.

The Hart House University of Toronto Drama Festival has spawned numerous performers who have gone on to become stars of stage and screen: Ted Follows, David Gardner, Don Harron, Arthur Hiller, William Hutt and Donald Sutherland – to name a few. Over 80 years since its inception in 1936, and since Trevor Rines resurrected it in 1993, the Hart House U of T Drama Festival has provided a high profile showcase for up-and-coming theatrical talent and an accessible avenue for U of T students to perform and direct on the historic Hart House Theatre stage.

The Saturday evening concludes with a public Awards Ceremony where participants are recognized for their outstanding contributions.


  • In Person Sales:Hart House HUB Main Information Desk, or the theatre’s ticket window prior to curtain
  • Group SalesGroup rates are available (for select events) by phone/in person for groups of 8 or more for the same performance.
  • PhoneCall 416-978-2452. You will be required to provide your credit card number and postal code.
  • OnlineClick on preferred date listed below

About the Adjudicator


UTSC Improv

Life is But A Dream

Independent Submission

in two parts

881 Drama Club

881 High School

Independent Submission

50! First Dates

Average Male Conversation


Independent Submission

Nuit Blanche

Independent Submission

Journey Through Grief and Healing

UofT Improv Presents: The 5th Annual McGill Drama Festival

Helen\Klytemnestra, or Maneater

Lemons and Ginger

Independent Submission

Stellar Pallarax

Independent Submission

Specks of Survival

Three Plays and a Conversation


Along with awards of merit determined by the Adjudicator, festival participants are competing for the following awards of recognition:

  • IATSE Local 58 Award for Technical Achievement
  • Donald Sutherland Award for Best Performance
  • Robert Gill Award for Best Direction
  • Robertson Davies Playwriting Award
  • President’s Award for Best Production
  • Janet Bessey Award for Excellence in Stage Management

There is one audience choice award per evening, by preferential ballot, at the conclusion of each of the performance evenings.