FA/THEA 3000: Edinburgh Production Practicum


Instructor: Professor Ian Garrett, igarrett@yorku.ca Prerequisites? None
Course Dates: August 3 - 31 2020 (Tentative) Open to Non-Majors? With Permission of Course Director

Check out the participant experience of 2014

Course Overview

Edinburgh Production Practicum is a study-abroad course that offers upper-year Theatre majors the chance to participate in this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is an internationally recognized festival that celebrates Scottish and European culture and the performing arts in an epic 3-week adventure.

As a practicum course, students will be writing, directing, and creating their own production with York's own Fringe Theatre Company called YUFFA.  In this unique opportunity, students will be able to also get to know the culture of Edinburgh, the international theatre community, see other Fringe Fest shows, and be able to network and work with others in the industry.

Program Highlights:

  • Join York's Fringe Theatre Company YUFFA and participate in this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival
    • Write, direct, and create your own production to be performed at the Fringe Festival
    • Get a change to watch many of the other Fringe Shows
  • Work with playwrights and performers at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • Get to know the culture and taste of Edinburgh, Scotland through organized tours and excursions.
  • For more info, check out the THEA 3000 - SU outline 2020

Hear from former participants

Michelle Paunov in Jennaration Y

“Edinburgh is beyond expectations. It is such a beautiful city with beautiful people, and during the festival season there is such a warm and wonderful community”

–Michelle Paunov, participated Summer 2017


Watch the teaser from the 2018 Fringe Production "You've Got to be Kidney Me"

You've Got To Be Kidney Me (Teaser)

We all loved playing operation as a kid. Some more than others. Join us post-op at Venue 13 August 4th-18th at #EdFringe. Do you know the Kidney Man?

Posted by Yuffa Fringe on Friday, August 3, 2018


Read about YUFFA at Edinburgh Fringe 2017

Read about YUFFA at Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Check out YUFFA on Facebook

Program fee: $3,100-$3,800 CAD*

  • Includes:
    • AccommodationImage result for edinburgh fringe festival 2020
    • Excursions/Field activities
    • Welcome Reception
    • guard.me® Health Insurance
  • Not Included
    • Airfare to and from Edinburgh, Scotland
    • Tuition fee (payable to York University)
    • Any personal expenses

*Subject to change, program fees will depend on the final number of participants and length of program.

Financial support 

All participants of this course will receive the York International Mobility Award (YIMA) upon completion of the Pre-Departure Training and Travel Risk Requirements.

Reserve your spot ! 

Proposal and Expression of Interest Deadline: Friday January 19, 2020

Expression of Interest
All students in good academic standing may submit a request to join to enrol in THEA 3000 3.0 – Edinburgh Production Practicum (Summer). All York University students in good academic standing, not enrolled with the School of Arts, Media, Performance, and Design must have approval of the course director, Ian Garrett. The program is open to students at the 2nd year level or above at the time of submission. The course director and the Executive Committee of the Department of Theatre will review all request and notify all applicants of their decision before the end of classes in the Winter term.

To express interest and be considered for enrolment, students must provide:

  1. Name
  2. Contact Information
  3. Department
  4. Program
  5. Year Level
  6. Brief statement of intent regarding why you want to participate

If you have a proposal for the production, you must submit the following information


A proposal should include all pertinent information as listed below:

    • You will be considered the key contact person on the project.
  2. Title of Piece
  3. Director: (Name and Contact Information)
  4. Writer: (Name and Contact Information)
  5. Description: (forty words or less)
  6. Running time: (60min maximum)
  7. Cast/Crew Needs as known: (Number of Actors, Designers, Technicians, Crew, etc.)
  8. Physical needs as known: (Sets, Costumes, Lights, Sound, Props, etc.)
  9. Committed Participants: (Anyone currently considering participating in your project)
  10. Calendar: (Anticipated rehearsal schedule and performances prior to the festival period)
  11. Synopsis: (The basic premise of the play, this may or may not include a script, archival video and any other supporting material you wish considered)

Proposals should be addressed to Ian Garrett. They may be submitted electronically by emailing igarrett@yorku.ca or delivered as a hardcopy to Mary Pecchia in the Department of Theatre office, CFT 320.

Deposits and Deadlines 
To secure a spot in this course, you'll need to submit a non-refundable deposit of $500 to York International (Located in 200 York Lanes, Mon-Fri 9am-4pm).

  • Deposit ($500): February 14th, 2020 
  • Outstanding program fee: May 1st, 2020

PLEASE NOTE: We only accept Visa, Mastercard, and debit. No cash or cheques.

Pre-Departure Training and Risk Management Information Session
Attending a Pre-Departure Session is mandatory for all YorkU students participating in the FA/THEA 3000 Edinburgh Production Practicum. York International provides pre-departure training to York students who are scheduled to participate in global learning programs (exchange, internships and other short-term programs). Content covered at Pre-Departure Sessions include:

  1. Travel preparations (research about destination, flight, accommodation arrangements)
  2. Risk Management (waiver, emergency contact card, Registration of Canadians abroad)
  3. guard.me® Insurance
  4. Funding and Finances
  5. Inter-cultural awareness

York Students traveling abroad for international programs are required to purchase guard.me® insurance.To ensure safety and well-being of York students traveling abroad, York University has developed a partnership with guard.me® Insurance. It provides comprehensive insurance coverage and benefits that are in the best interest of the students and the university at-large. Guard.me® covers medical, emergency, evacuation, and 3rd party liability, among others. Please read the guard.me® benefit summary for more information. Students must register directly with guard.me®.

More information on registration will be outlined in the link below.


Please continue to check in for more information about Summer 2020.

For further information, please contact:

Marierose Talla
Go Global Project Assistant, York International