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50 Years of Performance

Welcome Alumni and Community Members!

Caroline O'Brien, a middle aged white woman with grey curly hair looks intently at the camera

Looking back as we boldly step forward.

Here in Performance at the Creative School we are really happy to launch the year-long celebrations of our 50th anniversary.  The School has seen many celebrated artists pass through our doors and we are taking an opportunity to launch the season with a newsletter that permits us to reflect back on the history while we focus forward in shaping our future.  We are thrilled to be a part of the transformation happening with the renaming of the University, the renaming of the faculty to The Creative School, and in sharing some changes within the School.  The most significant and recent change in the School is the allocation of the Theatre at the centre of Performance, as an interdisciplinary hub for scholarly research and creative activities for faculty, students and guest artists.

I’m thrilled to welcome alumni, friends and family to browse our memories, ranging from who has shared the mainstage, to founders and impactful alumni.  Don’t forget to join our mailing list for further updates.  

We will share details of the season and other news shortly.

Caroline O'Brien (she/her)
Chair, School of Performance
Associate Professor

Land Acknowledgment

Performance at The Creative School wishes to honour the ancestral guardians of the land where we work and play: the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Wendat peoples. Today many First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples continue to call this land home, and we accept the responsibility extended to all peoples, to share and care for this land for generations to come.

We acknowledge that Toronto (Tkaronto) is in the Dish With One Spoon Territory, which means all are invited to share the responsibility to ensure the dish is never empty, taking care of the land and the creatures we share it with, and to do this with peaceful intentions.

Performance at The Creative School is grateful to have the opportunity to work and create on these lands and we take a moment to reflect on our own activities and how the School can be part of a community of sharing as we take steps to ensure our community is open to engaging all peoples who live in these territories, today and in the future. To this end, we are committed to learn and do more, to support the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action; and we anticipate and welcome the changes coming to this university as laid out in the PDF fileStanding Strong Task Force Report and its 22 recommendations.

Contributing Students

Betty Fan

Betty Fan is a fourth-year production student whose area of focus is stage management and technical direction. She is also passionate about history, politics, and loves exploring museums. Betty currently works in esports broadcasting and hopes to continue after graduation or go into live events. When she’s not working, she can be found playing video games or exploring around Toronto. 


Jeanette Reyes

Originally born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jeanette Reyes took the big leap and moved to Toronto to attend the Performance Production program at Toronto Metropolitan University. Throughout middle-school and high-school, Jeanette has always been a part of the audio/visual team of school productions. Initially she was interested in pursuing a career in stage management and technical direction. However, throughout the years she reignited her passion for learning and finds herself immersed in research, performance studies and simulation. Now in her fourth year, Jeanette is taking as many courses as she can as she has fallen in love with learning new skills. After graduation she plans to continue pursuing education in the performing arts sector. Jeanette mentions, “attending Performance at the Creative School has not only helped me realize my goals, but also provided me with life-long connections with staff, students, and faculty. I would even say that they are family, and they’ve made me feel at home.


Tanvi Vyas

Tanvi is in her third year of the Performance: Production program. She is passionate about all areas of arts management alongside equity, diversity and accessibility in the theatre industry. Tanvi also enjoys researching the history of performance and production techniques across the globe and creative writing. In her free time, Tanvi is usually reading, making some art or trying a new hobby - right now it’s crochet.

Cindy Phung, a young Asian woman  with hair died red. She has hearts painted around her eyes, and dramatic lipstick. She looks to the side and holds a papier mache heart in gloved hands

Cindy Phung

Cindy Phung is a third year Performance Production + Design student with a focus on props and costume as well as producing and writing. She is currently taking a course with a focus on costumes. Outside of the school of performance she works with many student groups as a director of graphic design as well as VP of External Relations at Panther Pikature Studios, external link. Along with that she continues to design and try to expand her skills outside of school while daydreaming about the red carpet. After graduation she hopes to continue her career in theatre and film as a producer while creating a production company of her own with her lovely friends.