CAP is intended to provide students with opportunities to participate in the operation and activities of the Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies (Drama Centre). This participation enables the Drama Centre to provide a wider range of events and activities to complement the basic curriculum as well as to support curricular activities, events, and performances.
CAP hours also provide students a chance to gain exposure to a range of skills and services that expand their awareness of the processes and methods of theatre as well as building a sense of community. Typical CAP hours include working in the theatre to prepare our productions, assisting in the publicity of the Centre’s productions and activities, and improving and maintaining the Centre’s facilities and equipment.
CAP FAQ (Downloadable PDF)
How many hours do I need?
Students enrolled in a practical course* (or courses) for ONE SEMESTER need to complete a total of 4 hours for that semester.
Students enrolled in a practical course (or courses) for BOTH SEMESTERS need to complete a total of 8 hours. This includes students enrolled in full-year courses, and those enrolled in a half-year course in both semesters.
No student will be required to complete more than 8 hours of CAP.
Students enrolled in DRM254Y and DRM354Y are not required to complete CAP hours. Students in DRM454H will receive 4 hours towards their CAP. These exceptions stand as long students in these three courses maintain good academic standing and adequate participation in those courses.
*Please see the helpful list of practical courses below.
What is a practical course, and how do I know I’m taking one?
Practical courses allow students to learn the course material through practice and active engagement. If you are enrolled in any of the following courses, you must complete CAP hours.
Half-Year (One Semester) Practical Courses
Full Year (Both Semester) Practical Courses
Does CAP effect my mark?
Yes, completion of CAP hours is reflected in your overall participation mark (see your syllabus for the mark breakdown).
The degree to which your mark is affected by your CAP hours is the same for all practical courses:
- What matters is that you completed your hours.
- It does not matter if the CAP calls you have completed pertain to your specific course.
What if there were not enough CAP calls to sign up for on the sign-up sheet for my class?
That’s perfectly fine! CAP calls assigned to courses at the beginning of the year were for events we knew would need volunteers. Other opportunities to receive CAP hours will come up throughout the year. Those will be announced well in advance, so make sure you keep an eye out for emails from Rebecca Biason, Shannon Kingston, and Catt Filippov. Class Reps in practical courses are encouraged to notify their classmates when these calls come up.
Possible CAP opportunities include (but are not limited to):
- Acting in a Directors Show (DRM402H)
- Reading for the DRM228H/DRM328H/DRM428H Playwriting Showcases (at the end of November and early April. Volunteers will be sought out closer to the end of the semester.)
What if I cannot make it to my CAP call?
If you are unable to attend a CAP call, please email Shannon (email@example.com) at least 24 hours in advance. If you must cancel less than 24 hours before your CAP call, find a friend to take over your CAP shift. Email Shannon with their name, and the CAP call in which they are taking your place.
You will not receive hours for missed CAP calls.
No-shows without at least 24 hours warning will be made note of in your overall CAP attendance record.
Do I need to track my own hours?
Yes. Before your CAP call, you should receive an email reminder, but it is ultimately to you to remember what you have signed up for. If you do not know where and when to meet for your call, you should contact the supervisor ahead of time for that information. Let the supervisor for the call know that you’ve arrived, and await further instruction.
Once you have finished the CALL make sure the supervisor signs your CAP Completion Form. Within two weeks your CAP record should be updated.
How do I know how many hours I have left?
An email will be sent out in January and March to remind students how many hours they’ve completed, and how many they have to fill. If you have an urgent inquiry, please email Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following link is a form is to be completed if you’d like to create a new CAP Call:
Note: this is ONLY for new events, and not for events that were already included in the initial call list at the beginning of the year. If you are unsure if your event was on that initial call list, please email Shannon for more information.
If this is an urgent or last minute call, please also contact Shannon at email@example.com so we can try to get the call out right away.
Following a CAP Call
Students, pick up a blank CAP Call Completion form outside of the Student Office (right next to the key return binder) BEFORE, OR DIRECTLY FOLLOWING YOUR CAP CALL. Fill it out, have it signed by the supervisor of the call, and then place it in the folder in the Student Admin’s mailbox by the student office.