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Discovering Theatre at McGill: Where and How to Get Involved


McGill offers a vast and diverse community for theatre lovers, with many opportunities for involvement. There are multiple theatre companies, each offering different shows to become a part of. If you are looking to get involved, from performing to directing, or even simply attending, Her Campus McGill is here to help you explore the theatre opportunities at McGill. And for those who have yet to see a show at McGill, it's definitely a great bucket-list item to check off before graduating. Read on for more information on some major theatre groups at McGill, and keep an eye out for their upcoming performances!


Players’ Theatre

Players’ Theatre was founded in 1921 and claims to be “Montreal’s oldest English theatre” according to their website. As a service of SSMU (the Students’ Society of McGill University), this non-profit theatre group is operated by students and is accessible to the McGill and Montreal community. This group puts on five plays each season, and in addition, they arrange the McGill Drama Festival annually, which features work by students, and is acted and directed completely by students. The theater is “dedicated to promoting diversity in participants, and engages audiences through productions dealing with diverse subjects and themes.” Their November production, Six Characters in Search of an Author was a huge success, showcasing both talented actors and an intense story.

Upcoming shows include The Creation of the World and Other Business, running from January 21st-24th & 28th-31st, Round Dance (February 18th-21st & 25th-27th), Bring Your Own Juice (March 19th-21st), and The McGill Drama Festival (April 1st-4th & 8th-11th).

For more information or to reserve tickets, check out their contact page here.


Arts Undergraduate Theatre Society (AUTS)  – McGill University

The Arts Undergraduate Theatre Society of McGill University (AUTS) is a student run group based out of McGill University. According to their website, their shows are targeted towards the general public, and foster “collaborative and dynamic creative experience for members.” They mostly produce hit musicals; past performances have included West Side Story, Hair, and Sweeny Todd. Currently, AUTS is presenting Chicago, whose opening night will be January 22nd.

Upcoming shows include Chicago (January 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 29th, 30th and 31st).

For more information or to reserve tickets, you can contact AUTS here.


Tuesday Night Cafe Theatre (TNC)

The Tuesday Night Café Theater is also student-run, and affiliated with the English department at McGill University. The unique experience of TNC takes place in an “intimate” theater space, which fits a mere fifty people per show. The company produces shows that are directed and performed by McGill students, and claim to “promote varied talents of McGill’s student body and provide an opportunity for students to learn and grow through theater.” On their website, they explain that their “name, once fitting, is now deceptive, in that we are not a cafe and seldom perform on Tuesdays nights. (Our productions typically perform Wednesdays through Saturdays.)” The group presents a variety of plays from well-known playwrights and some student works as well. They also host competitions, workshops, and special performances.

You can read about their most recent show, The Yellow Wallpaper, here.


The McGill Savoy Society

Founded in 1964, the McGill Savoy Society is a student group of the SSMU that celebrates the works of Gilbert and Sullivan by producing one of their works each year. According to their website, the Savoy Society “has become the oldest university-affiliated Gilbert and Sullivan troupe in Canada, founded 40 years ago.” The social group is a “non-profit, high profile student theatre group,” that is funded by patrons, and a supportive audience, as well as the SSMU.

Upcoming shows include H.M.S. Pinafore (February 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st).

For more information or to reserve tickets, you can contact the McGill Savoy Society here.


Moyse Hall Theatre

Moyse Hall Theatre is a proscenium arch theater in the Arts Building which seats 306 people, and hosts the English Department’s bi-annual productions. This season’s fall show was How Exile Melts. Previous productions include Threepenny OperaCloud 9, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Upcoming shows include a play adaptation of the children's story "The Story of the Blue Planet" (April performance, dates and times TBA).

For more information or to reserve tickets, you can contact Moyse Hall Theatre here.



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Annie is currently a second-year at McGill University. She is working towards a double major in Spanish and Russian, with a minor in International Relations, and enjoys writing about the experience of being a college student. When she's not in class, Annie also enjoys baking cookies, drinking coffee, and playing guitar.
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