At this time, the George Ignatieff Theatre has been temporarily closed due to its proximity to the development site for the Lawson Centre for Sustainability. It is anticipated to reopen fully, integrated with the new Lawson Centre for Sustainability, mid-2025. More information will be provided closer to that time.
Please visit the George Ignatieff Theater home page for further information.
When not needed for Trinity College and University of Toronto classes, the theatre hosts a diverse range of activities. Members of our community, both Trinity and University of Toronto faculty, staff and students, and our friends and colleagues from the greater university and artistic communities present lectures, conferences, films screenings, music concerts, dance recitals, musical and theatre performances on our stage.
September – 1st Week of April
Note: November/February Reading Week
2nd Week of April – July
Different rates apply depending upon the complexity of your event, the degree of access required, and your affiliation to us. If you would like to ensure that you minimize your fees, please plan your schedule carefully. Sundays are subject to a $50 Sunday Surcharge and events that require us to setup/strike outside of our normal working hours are charged at 1.5X regular rate.
The rental fee depends on what you are doing, how much equipment you need, and how you like to work. We expect to discuss your event needs as part of the booking process. All rentals include at least one theatre technician.
When you book the theatre, we will reserve four hours so that you have enough time to arrive and setup, conduct your event, and then restore the room prior to departure. If you need more time, have complex needs, or are planning a multi-day event, we will work with you to find a suitable schedule and to ensure that you know what equipment we can provide and what you need to arrange.
The lecture booking is our most popular booking request. It takes many forms: from a single individual speaking at a lectern to a complex conference or panel discussion with multiple presenters and presentation needs. To qualify for a lecture rate, your event must stay within the front half of the stage, the area in front of our red curtains and projection screen.
Most lecture require only a microphone at the lectern, audience microphones, and a connection to our projection system. For complex lectures like panel discussions or conferences with multiple presenters, we add additional microphones, tables, chairs, table-cloths, and technician support for setup and strike.
Lecture rates are based on a typical 4-hour schedule as follows:
When the equipment required for your event cannot be setup in 75 minutes and put away in 30 minutes or if you prefer earlier access or additional time, Just let us know. We can add extra time at an hourly rate and we will work with you to figure out a schedule that suits your needs.
Our theatre is able to offer custom staging options that will give your lecture a more “conversational” feeling or that will provide an added layer of support for guests who need access to coat check.
Ask us about our popular “Masterpiece Theatre” lecture setup. We transform the theatre into a living room with presenters sitting in wing-back chairs placed on a carpet and with a coffee table for water and notes. The setup includes wireless microphones for the presenters and a dedicated audio technician who sits in the auditorium to monitor the sound for a “Live Mix”.
Current students, faculty and staff at the University of Toronto all have access the U of T WiFi. Visiting scholars from Canada and the United States also have access through their home university accounts by logging onto Eduroam.
If you are visiting a U of T campus but do not belong to an institution that participates in the eduroam network infrastructure, any U of T faculty or staff member can grant you access to the eduroam Visitor Access (eVA) guest Wi-Fi by visiting eva.eis.utoronto.ca from a computer connected to the U of T network, UTORvpn.
Send us a schedule and description of your show to start the conversation that will help us understand what level of support you will need for your performance. We will provide a quote.
Your booking always includes a technician. To encourage rehearsal and multi-day performances, we discount shows that schedule at least one dedicated rehearsal day.
During the term, evening rentals from Mondays – Thursday have a maximum of 5 hours available. On Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and outside the term, it is possible to extend the time. If you need more than 4 hours on any given day, please let us know when you are booking the theatre so that we can add it to the rental fee. If available, and agreed, an extra one or two unscheduled overtime hour(s) may be added to a booking on short notice. Please be aware that overtime hours are charged at 1.5X the regular rate.
Performance Rates include access to the full stage area, stage lighting and sound systems, wireless intercom, and dressing rooms. Access to our projector can be added for a daily fee. Acoustic concerts and concerts that provide their own audio system (including technician) are eligible for a discounted rate.
Please check with us to see if you qualify for a discount based on your relationship with us and/or your university affiliation.