Queen's University

DAN School of Drama and Music

The Dans’ passion for theatre is no secret. Dancap Productions established itself on the Toronto theatre scene by bringing an impressive slate of major Broadway shows to the city and even earned a Tony award along the way. In addition, Aubrey and Marla's daughter graduated from the Drama program at Queen’s University.

In 2016, AMDF recognized the opportunity to support ambitions of greatness within the arts by donating $5-million to Queen’s University. This effort helped to merge the Department of Drama and School of Music to create the DAN School of Drama & Music.

By providing resources and opportunities for students to pursue career paths in the arts – not just on the performance side but also on the production, business and leadership fronts – Queen’s is distinguishing its program from all others in Canada. The school is now far better aligned with the realities and challenges motivated professionals must overcome in today’s theatre and music industries. The donation helps to attract the best talent at both the student and teaching levels. It aims to give productions unprecedented levels of resources that are required to stage top-notch productions and performances.

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In the News

Read more about this endowment.

The Kingston Whig-Standard
School’s ‘Vision’ gets dramatic boost
Globe & Mail
Queen’s takes centre stag
Queen's Initiative
A parent steps into the spotlight.
A major donation and a new name for Queen’s School of Drama and Music.

“The gift from Aubrey and Marla could not have been timelier or more transformative, allowing us to create a dynamic centre for the study of music and theatre.”

Craig Walker

Director, DAN School of Drama and Music (Queen’s)