Vanier College Productions is a theatre company offering students across all disciplines at York University the opportunity to a perform, produce and create in a theatrical setting. Founded in 1972 by Fredrick H. Thury, Vanier College Productions (VCP) is associated with Vanier College at York University.
This vital amateur company of actors, technicians and multi-talented performers has presented a wide range of theatre from Shakespeare to Euripides, from Chaucer to Brecht; music, comedy, drama, and even clowning. Some works have been chosen from the classics, some are popular musical theatre productions, while others have even been written by student playwrights. Historically, the Company has also included an improvisational theatre group know as the Vanier Improv Company (VIC).
The purpose of VCP is to develop in students across all disciplines at York University their love of theatre and all things theatrical. This is accomplished by learning different performance techniques, allowing them to develop an appreciation for drama while learning to cooperate with another in putting together a season of spectral performances. Ultimately, students learn to have confidence in their skills by finding a source of strength and personal development throughout the year. With approximately 100 students working together each year to make magic happen in the Fred Thury Studio Theatre it is no surprise that VCP continues to be one of York Universities best kept secrets. This is semi-professional theatre at its best.
1. To help students develop a love of theatre/theatrical things in an educational setting 2. Provide an opportunity to develop skills and the ability to work in a team setting 3. To give students a creative outlet and provide a source of personal development 4. To provide a community-based experience through which students can build friendships