Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, Studies Graduate Student Union
Consisting of a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and representative members of the M.A. and Ph.D. programs, the Student Executive is the principal student organization of the Centre. Its main purposes are: to hold general meetings twice a year; to dispose of funds for theatre outings, workshops, and regular social events; to represent the Centre at the Graduate Student Union; to operate a concession at theatre performances; to appoint members to the Academic, Advisory and Theatres Committees (and to communicate student concerns where and as appropriate); and to organize, as necessary, special open forums on issues of general student concern.
Lisa Aikman is a PhD student entering her second-year at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies, where she also obtained her Masters. She has also just begun the collaborative PhD program with Sexuality Diversity Studies. Her research centres on documentary theatre, specifically focused on the queer and feminist
tensions and potentials in the genre. She is especially concerned with how queer and feminist plays attempt to re-claim lost histories and figures without re-producing patriarchal historiographies and grand narratives.
Sebastian is a 2nd year PhD student at the CTDPS. Raised in Calgary, he completed undergraduate theatre studies at the University of Ottawa, and his MA (also theatre) at the Université du Québec à Montréal. His primary interest is actor training, and the many forms “acting” can take. This past summer he had the chance to work with the Grotowski Workcentre in Italy. Outside of theatre, Sebastian enjoys travel, swimming, video games and exploring Toronto, which is pretty much brand new to him. His favourite colour is green.
Graduate Student Union
The Graduate Student Union (GSU) is the association to which all graduate students belong (some 12,000 full- and part-time members) and that represents them politically at all levels of University government. It is a federation of course unions (Graduate Drama being one of over 70) that receives monies from student incidental fees then reapportions these funds to individual course unions based upon departmental enrolments. The GSU also administers the Supplementary Health Insurance Plan to graduate students. The GSU’s offices are at 16 Bancroft Avenue–where there is also a pub, a café and a gymnasium for use by graduate students.