Theatre

Things to do this weekend (Dec. 2-4)

Things to do this weekend (Dec. 2-4)

It’s finally December! What better way to welcome the holiday season then by going out an exploring the wonderful events happening in the city. 1.Treasure Island Treasure Island opens tonight! You can still pick up your tickets at our box office at 345 Yonge St. or online at ryersontreasureisland.bpt.me . . . . #TreasureIsland #RUPerformance #Ryerson #Aaarryouready #RUTreasureIsland #RyersonPirates #Performance345 A photo […]

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Actors get physical

If you’re longing for romance, treasure and adventure, you’re in luck.  For the holidays, Ryerson’s School of Performance actors will be bringing to life an adaptation of the swashbuckling coming of age tale, Treasure Island. For the last six weeks, the cast of 15 graduating fourth-year actors and the entire third-year class have been working together six days a week in […]

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Things to do this weekend (Nov. 25-27)

The cold weather has finally come, but that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck indoors. Put on something to you keep you warm and go to some events happening this weekend in Toronto. 1. The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Follow +RT for a chance to win a pair of tickets to #JingleBallNorth Nov 25 (minors require parental consent) Rules: https://t.co/cFz61mPU15 […]

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Feminism in theatre

There is now an all-womyn theatre company in Toronto. HERstory Counts is a theatre company that produces plays, which are written and performed by diverse female-identified womyn. Female-identified means any person who identifies themselves as a womyn. Why it’s important Jennifer Neales, the founder of HERstory Counts says, this company is not only important, it’s necessary. “HERstory Counts became the necessary […]

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A theatre company full of Ryerson grads

A Ryerson grad has started her own theatre company with the help of her former classmates. Yell Rebel theatre company began as 2012 Ryerson theatre grad Eva Barrie’s idea, but required more than one person to become a reality—so Barrie pitched her idea to Noah Spitzer, who attended the theatre program with her. “Noah and I worked on shows [together] […]

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Another year, another clown

This year’s Clown production features a whole lot of new: new stage, a new sound and lighting booth and of course, a new building tucked below the Student Learning Centre. The production is an annual tradition for third-year students in performance. This year’s bunch brings an endless array of props, audience interaction and costume changes to the stage. The Ryersonian got a back-stage look before […]

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Get spooky and spirited: Halloween films featuring previous Ryerson students

Halloween is only a couple of days away, which means everyone is looking for a scary movie to get them in the spirit. For students, heading to the cinema is costly. So why not cozy up with your computer and watch a former Ryerson student act in a horror film? It will make you scared, save you money and see […]

Members of Ryerson Theatre School's class of 2011. (Courtesy Jessica Way)

Dear RTS building: a love letter

To my dear theatre school building, For four years, 44 Gerrard St. was my sanctuary. Looking back now, it was the place where I grew into myself, where I fell in love with people and ideas, where barriers were torn down, bonds were built and pains led to rewards. Now that the time has come for the program to move […]

REVIEW: The final bow at the Ryerson Theatre School building

REVIEW: The final bow at the Ryerson Theatre School building

The Ryerson Theatre School building is ending its run with one last production: The Possibilities. The play, which was written by Howard Barker and directed by Brendan Healy, premiered Sept. 30 in the Abrams Studio Theatre. Its final performance will be Oct. 6, marking the last curtain call at 44 Gerrard St. When it comes to the synopsis of the […]

by Kayla Rosen· · Arts & Life, Performance Arts, Theatre
Ryersonian Weekly Wrap Episode: 48

Ryersonian Weekly Wrap Episode: 48

The Ryersonian weekly wrap is a news audio series produced by senior students in the School of Journalism in Toronto. It features weekly news from ryersonian.ca and from the Canadian University Press.

(Alexia Kapralos/Ryersonian Staff)

Ryerson dance students take the stage for a 25-piece showcase

Ryerson Theatre School put the talents of Ryerson students on display in its new show EnChoreo, which presented pieces danced and choreographed by first-, second- and third-year dance students. The show ran March 22-24 and was produced by Tanya Evidente, a Ryerson dance associate professor. Evidente said that this showcase served as an extension of the upper-year dance show, Choreographic Works. […]

Ryersonian Weekly Wrap Episode: 47

Ryersonian Weekly Wrap Episode: 47

The Ryersonian weekly wrap is a news audio series produced by senior students in the School of Journalism in Toronto. It features weekly news from ryersonian.ca and from the Canadian University Press.

(Alexia Kapralos/Ryersonian Staff)

Review: Choreographic Works is an invigorating piece of performance art

Ryerson’s upper-year dance show, Choreographic Works, is truly a stimulating experience in performance art. Produced by Ryerson dance instructor Vicki St. Denys, Choreographic Works is entirely performed and choreographed by students who are mostly third and fourth-year students in Ryerson’s dance program, with some second years and a single first year. Since there are over 45 dance pieces that are […]

Ryerson acting student has lead role in Factory Theatre’s ‘A Line in the Sand’

Ryerson acting student has lead role in Factory Theatre’s ‘A Line in the Sand’

Fourth year Ryerson theatre student Danny Ghantous will stand in the spotlight this month at the Factory Theatre in Toronto, Canada’s first company devoted entirely to Canadian plays. Ghantous plays the role of a Palestinian teenager named Sadiq in the politically charged production, A Line in the Sand. This is Ghantous’s first leading role outside of the Ryerson Theatre School […]

Pounds for President: RTA Graduate vs. The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival

Pounds for President: RTA Graduate vs. The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival

Segway tour guide by day and comedic entrepreneur by night.

The Ryerson Musical Theatre Company's (RMTC) performance of Thoroughly Modern Millie follows the  follows the story of Millie Dillmount, played by Braelyn Guppy - a Kansas native who's on a journey to finding a job and a rich husband. (Alexia Kapralos/Ryersonian Staff)

Ryerson Musical Theatre Company stuns on night two of inaugural show

Set in New York City during the roaring ‘20s, the Ryerson Musical Theatre Company’s (RMTC) performance of Thoroughly Modern Millie is an absolute thrill. Directed by Robyn Hoja, the play is filled with live, catchy music, vibrant characters, love triangles, a wacky villain, and of course — flappers. It’s an outright adventure. Thoroughly Modern Millie is the first play of […]

The eight students behind VIABLE. (Courtesy: Jacob Morris)

RTA thesis project to raise money and awareness for MS

Mark your calendars. VIABLE, a new non-profit film and campaign tackling multiple sclerosis awareness, has its exclusive screening on March 3.

Two quirky families collide in Ryerson Theatre School’s ‘You Can’t Take It With You’

Two quirky families collide in Ryerson Theatre School’s ‘You Can’t Take It With You’

If you’re stressed out about your grades, your finances or your future, Ryerson Theatre School’s latest production might offer you some validation.

by Lee North· · Arts & Life, Performance Arts, Theatre
Theatre production students steal the spotlight in ‘You Can’t Take It With You’

Theatre production students steal the spotlight in ‘You Can’t Take It With You’

Ryerson brings a taste of Broadway to the stage with guest director Blair Williams.

Fundraising underway for injured Ryerson dancer

Fundraising underway for injured Ryerson dancer

Fundraising has begun for dance student, Napu Boychuk’s medical expenses in Cuba after suffering a severe swimming accident.

by Emily Silva· · Health, News, Theatre, Travel
Ryerson Dances poster. (courtesy of Ryerson Theatre School)

Performance of a lifetime: Ryerson dancers team up with famous choreographer Kudelka

Kudelka meets Ryerson Dances 2015 runs from Nov. 24-28 at the Ryerson Theatre, 44 Gerrard St. E.

by Tiffany Crawford-Christie· · Arts & Life, Theatre
Séance: A nightmare magic show that will mess you up

Séance: A nightmare magic show that will mess you up

The brainchild of illusionist Nicholas Wallace and director Luke Brown, Séance successfully brings together elements of a magic show, complete with copious amounts of audience participation and a one-man theatre performance. It’s seriously scary.

TIFF wraps up amidst legal drama

TIFF wraps up amidst legal drama

Reporter Alicja Grzadkowska wraps up TIFF and its controversies.

Staying true to a collective, Wolf Manor Theatre works to break traditional molds

Staying true to a collective, Wolf Manor Theatre works to break traditional molds

Performance-acting student Dylan Brenton sat in a guest lecture at Ryerson Theatre School, listening to Canadian actor Philip Akin talk about starting a production company to create change in Toronto’s theatre community. That same day in October 2013, Brenton created a Facebook page for his own production team, the Wolf Manor Theatre Collective. Today, the page has almost 600 likes. […]

by Deepika Shewaramani· · Arts & Life, Theatre
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In Review: Balm in Gilead

No matter if you are a misfit, down on luck, or in the outskirts of society, you will find a home with the characters in The Ryerson Theatre School’s rendition of Balm in Gilead. Opening to an almost-packed house on its March 4 debut, The Ryerson Theatre School transformed their stage into a 24-hour greasy spoon, dubbed Frank’s Café. The […]

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Interning in the U.S. of Eh

So you’re thinking about moving to the United States, eh? Perhaps it’s for an internship or to launch your career right after graduation. It’s no secret that many young Canadian media and performance professionals cross the border to get experience. Industry capitals New York and Los Angeles attract dozens of students from Ryerson every year. But what is it really […]

This week's Friday Five talks Chris Hemsworth, Interpol trapped on a bus and American remakes of British shows. (Alexis Allison/The Ryersonian)

Friday Five Audio Series – November 28, 2014

In this week’s show we talk capitalism and Christmas; the Cavalcade of Lights; the Book of Mormon; Series–the podcast, not the breakfast food; and Peter Pan Live! Read the rest of Hana’s story here.  Got a question? Comment? Topic idea? Hit us up by email. Alexis Allison: alexis.allison@ryerson.ca Samantha Sobolewski: samantha.sobolewski@ryerson.ca By Alexis Allison and Samantha Sobolewski

Ryerson Theatre School presents the classic tale of Cinderella

Ryerson Theatre School presents the classic tale of Cinderella

By Natalie Marynowski and Pema Tsering The classic tale of the missing glass slipper is being brought to life this week by actors and dancers of the Ryerson Theatre School. Written by Kate Hawley and directed by Peggy Shannon, this musical production of British pantomime combines both a dirty, naughty script and kid-friendly characters, making the show enjoyable for the […]

Ryerson student groups hold second annual Darkness Concert

Ryerson student groups hold second annual Darkness Concert

Blindfolded and seated in a dark lecture hall of the Rogers Communications Centre, 85 students patiently wait for the second annual Darkness Concert to start. Concertgoers chat and mingle until the sound of a guitar strum rings out – then there is silence. Organized by the student groups Chinese Students Association (CSA), Musicians @ Ryerson, and Poetic Exchange, the Darkness Concert […]

by Hye-Jee Yoo· · Arts & Life, Music, Performance Arts, Theatre
Theatre school looks for new home

Theatre school looks for new home

Ryerson Theatre School students will be moved out of their current building by the end of 2015, according to Gerd Hauck, dean of the faculty of communication and design. The school is moving locations because the building has been worn down over the years. “Any old building that is used very heavily will decay over time. The theatre school is […]

Clown 2014 is a production done by the Ryerson theatre school. It runs from Thursday, October 9 until Saturday. October 11. (Courtesy Ryerson Theatre School)

Clowning around at the Ryerson theatre school

The Ryerson Theatre School will be clowning around for the next few days. Clown 2014 is a production put on as a part of the third-year performance acting curriculum. It was designed by Leah Cherniak, co-artistic director at Theatre Columbus, and has been playing for more than 10 years. “It’s an entire technique, it’s an investigation of the self,” says Anthony Perpuse, […]

RTA grad performing at JFL42 for third time

RTA grad performing at JFL42 for third time

  Somewhere, at some point, someone said women aren’t funny. The comedy game has long been thought of as a boys club, and women granted entrance were few and far between. But it’s safe to say that the boys club of comedy has been dismantled. This weekend is the opening of Toronto’s annual Just For Laughs 10-day comedy festival (JFL42), […]

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TIFF-mania: at a theatre near you

It’s that wonderful time of year again. The Toronto International Film Festival kicked off Thursday and will run until Sept. 14. For your convenience, The Ryersonian’s Laura Calabrese compiled TIFF synopses of 10 must-see films that are playing at the Ryerson Theatre. If you weren’t lucky enough to snag tickets, remember you can always “rush.” Rush tickets are sold 10 minutes before the […]

Review: Festival of Dionysus

Review: Festival of Dionysus

Love turns sour between a star-crossed couple during a time of nationwide strife. A man has a relentless battle between the couch and his pyjamas. These are just some of the eclectic plays that were part of the Ryerson Community Theatre’s (RCT) opening night on March 28. The annual showcase featured six plays, performed during a two-hour show. The showcase, which […]

by Samantha Lui· · Arts & Life, Theatre
New Voices showcases rising theatre talent

New Voices showcases rising theatre talent

The Ryerson Theatre School is hard at work on its annual year-end production, New Voices, which will run from March 25 to April 9. The fourth-year theatre students – from the performance, dance and production streams – have been working on their pieces since the beginning of the school year. While performance and dance students have been focusing on their […]

by Kelly McDowell· · Arts & Life, Theatre
New Voices producer Sheldon Rosen (Courtesy Ryerson Theatre School)

Q-and-A: New Voices producer Sheldon Rosen

With the Ryerson Theatre School’s annual New Voices series – showcasing dance, theatre and set design work from the program’s fourth-year students – quickly approaching on March 26, Ryersonian reporter Kelly McDowell spoke with producer Sheldon Rosen on what to expect from the show. The performance series runs until April 9. Q: What is New Voices? A: It is a variety of […]

by Kelly McDowell· · Arts & Life, Theatre
Dance review: Choreographic Works

Dance review: Choreographic Works

The two men look at each other in pain – first leaning in, then pushing away resiliently. Their ribs seem to almost puncture their skin while performing intricate movements in sync. They are fighting then reconciling, like brothers, friends or lovers. In the audience, everyone is staring at the stage, enraptured. This was the Ryerson Theatre School’s March 7 debut […]

Kenny Pearl is the producer of Choreographic Works 2014. This is his second year producing the show. (Ryerson Theatre School)

Choreographic Works set to return

Ryerson’s Theatre School is back at it with its annual Choreographic Works dance series. The first performance is slated for March 7 and Ryerson dance students in second, third and fourth years will showcase their original choreography work during the series. Kenny Pearl is working on his second year as producer and says he is excited about the progress he […]

by Kelly McDowell· · Arts & Life, Theatre
Q-and-A with Choreographic Works producer Kenny Pearl

Q-and-A with Choreographic Works producer Kenny Pearl

The Ryersonian’s Kelly McDowell sits down with Choreographic Works 2014 producer, Kenny Pearl.  Choreographic Works is Ryerson Theatre School’s largest dance extravaganza. This year, it will run every night from March 7 -15 with two dates featuring matinee performances. For tickets and show time information visit the Ryerson Theatre School’s website. Q: What is the general idea of Choreographic Works? Kenny Pearl […]

by Kelly McDowell· · Arts & Life, Theatre
Toronto skyline. (Shannon Cuciz / Ryersonian Staff)

Things to do in Toronto during spring break

Taking a tropical vacation during spring break can be expensive. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars for a week on the beach, there are ways to enjoy the break on a budget here at home in Toronto. Here are 10 things to do for $10 or less: 1. Go for an evening skate Nathan Phillips Square features free DJ skate […]

Interactive: Lottery can disappoint but Toronto Fringe Festival charms

Interactive: Lottery can disappoint but Toronto Fringe Festival charms

By Jacob Horowitz Ryersonian Staff It’s been said that winning isn’t everything, but at the Toronto Fringe Festival lottery on Monday night, it sure seemed like it would have been a lot of fun. For the unaware, the Fringe Festival is an annual Toronto event that gives anyone with a story to be told a chance to tell it. Now […]

Ryerson Dances impresses and awes

Ryerson Dances impresses and awes

Ryerson students have got some serious skills — dancing skills, that is. On Nov. 23, The Ryersonian attended Ryerson Dances 2013, a dance performance highlighting work by bachelor of fine arts (BFA) students in third and fourth year from the Ryerson Theatre School. Throughout their four years of study, students undergo intensive daily dance training in modern, ballet and jazz. […]

by Sarah Warne· · Arts & Life, Theatre

VIDEO: Is the Ryerson theatre school haunted?

by Jordan White· · Arts & Life, Theatre
VIDEO: Great Scott! A DeLorean transformer takes the Ryersonian back to the future

VIDEO: Great Scott! A DeLorean transformer takes the Ryersonian back to the future

Story by: Robby Frankel Producer: Joshua McLean Where Venessa Koch is going, she won’t need roads. Because when the pavement runs out, the Ryerson theatre grad’s DeLorean costume (the iconic ’80s ride from the Back to the Future movies) impressively transforms into, well, a transformer. Confusing?Maybe. Amazing? Definitely. The costume, made of corrugated plastic, is a near-perfect replica of Doc […]

Ryerson dancers perform their final piece, Rouge, on opening night.   
Photo Courtesy of Wendy Chan

Students dance to the beat

All eyes were fixed on the young dancer who faced the crowd. She was dressed in pyjamas, her hair in pigtails, and was holding a can of whipped cream. It was the scene of an upset girl, as she brooded in her bedroom. There was no music. Instead, this was the first and only dancer of the night to communicate […]

by Kailah Bharath· · Arts & Life, Theatre
Unlocking the Unexpected: A review of New Voices 2013

Unlocking the Unexpected: A review of New Voices 2013

The stage lights rise and the play begins. A mentally ill mother returns to her family home, which she has left two year ago. She becomes overwhelmed by the sight of her husband and decides to lock herself in the bathroom. Now is when things begin to take a strange turn. The mother’s 23-year-old son reunites with her in the […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Arts & Life, Theatre