April 22 - May 8

Langara College

Between April 22 and May 8, we’ll have four mornings of lectures and plays on film at Langara College, to cover drama and theatre before the 20th century and to introduce students to analyzing texts and stage performance.  Students will also have a chance to work on assignments before flying to New York.

May 11 - June 1

New York City

In the Big Apple, we won’t limit ourselves to Broadway: we’ll experience an exciting range of performance from street theatre to staged readings and plays-in-progress to Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway. Plays will likely include a mix of classics and cutting edge drama from the 20th and 21st-centuries: our curriculum will be determined by what is playing on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off- Broadway. And we'll have our own play reading "on location" in Central Park. We'll also walk in the footsteps of history, visiting important theatrical sites around Manhattan and even taking a day trip to Philadelphia to see America's oldest theatre.   

Langara New York Field Studies


  • historical walking tour of Broadway
  • tour of The Players, an exclusive members’ club for theatre professionals established by famed Shakespearean actor Edwin Booth in 1888
  • backstage tour at the renowned Apollo Theatre in Harlem
  • tour of Lincoln Centre, including the Metropolitan Opera
  • backstage tour of The Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, America’s oldest theatre


  • an afternoon exploring the Museum of the Moving Image at Astoria Studios and another at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
  • visits to a costume stitching factory and a costume painting studio
  • guest lectures by theatre professionals, possibly including a stage manager, a playwright or screenwriter
  • talk back sessions with the director and/or actors after a play

Plays and Performances

  • at least four plays in New York – a mix of Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway
  • one play in Philadelphia
  • a staged reading, such as one of those at La Mama Etc or the Public Theatre
  • possibly a work in progress
  • street performances at Washington Square, South Street Seaport, Astor Place, Central Park, Times Square or wherever you can find any.
  • poetry slam at the Nuyorican Poet's Café

Though we’ll be meeting most mornings for excursions and discussions, students will have at least some free time each day to work on assignments and explore the Big Apple - to wander the streets, see the sights, go shopping, and just soak up that New York vibe!  We will have some days completely free of class activity. 

Note: This itinerary is subject to change.