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Theatre and Drama Studies Reunion UTM

December 05, 2011

As Coordinator of the Theatre and Drama Studies program, Patrick Young is more accustomed to giving standing ovations than receiving them. But the beloved professor brought a room full of his former students to their feet recently at a reunion celebrating the 20th year of the joint Sheridan-University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) program.

The response was sparked by the remarks of one of those former students, Neil Silcox (2005) who reflected on the role of Patrick and his colleagues in building a distinctive and first-rate program. “Patrick helped create an exceptionally collaborative and positive environment in a field where there is bound to be intense competition,” said Neil, now the Artistic Director of the Toronto Youth Theatre.

Neil likened the program to a family, calling Patrick Young “the undisputed patriarch of the family who sees each student and graduate as his child. He is demanding of his students because he sees the potential in them and does all he can to see that every individual achieves his or her potential to the fullest.”

Judging by the turnout at the reunion which drew approximately 60 graduates from most of the program’s two decades of existence, Neil’s comments were shared by his fellow alumni.

Other highlights of the event included a dinner held at UTM’s Blind Duck pub followed by a production of Nicholas Nickleby at the Erindale Theatre performed by current students of the program. Among the special guests on hand at the reunion were program faculty and professors, and longtime donors Roger and Janet Beck.

Unique in Canada, the four-year Theatre and Drama Studies program combines the intensive professional training of an acting school with the academic preparation of an honours-level drama degree.

UTM T&D reunion
UTM speaker Neil Silcox – 2005 Neil Silcox – 2005
UTM T&D reunion group