Q: Where is the Amphitheatre located?
A: Whether you walk in off of Yonge street or cross over from the bridge linking it to the Library, your first impression is an expansive and welcoming entrance leading to an open amphitheatre space on Floor 1. The amphitheatre is an L-shape space filled with tiered casual seating for approximately 100 people overlooking an open concept floor with over 800 square feet of unobstructed space (standing room for approximately 90 people).
Q: What kind of activities can I host in the Amphitheatre?
A: Be creative. Priority will be given to activities that are non-traditional in their approach to program delivery/use of space/engagement of participants and are reputation enhancing by design. Click here for the criteria.
Q: Can a private activity be hosted in the Amphitheatre?
A: The amphitheatre is located on the main floor and adjacent to the lobby of the SLC. It is an open space that promotes an inclusive environment. All activities taking place in the amphitheatre should have an inclusive design that is engaging and inviting for anyone in the vicinity. Consideration to minimizing barriers for attendance is critical in this expansive space.
Q: Who can I contact about making use of the Amphitheatre?
A: The SLC Welcome Team is a group of trained student staff who can help answer any questions you may have about the Amphitheatre. We encourage you to come visit the space in person and speak with someone from the Welcome Team. You can also reach the SLC through our email contact subject line: Q about Amphitheatre.
Q: How big is the Amphitheatre?
A: The amphitheatre is an L-shaped space filled with tiered casual seating (bleacher style) for approximately 100 people overlooking an open concept floor with over 800 square feet of unobstructed space (standing room for approximately 90 people). An activity can have approx. 200 direct participants and many in-direct participants because of the layout of the floor plan. Other participants can engage in any activity because of the open design of the space if they are on the casual seating along the large staircase leading to the bridge to the Library, waiting for an elevator or grabbing a cup of java at the cafe.
Q: What is the process of booking an activity in the Amphitheatre?
A: It’s simple. Once you’ve visited the space and decided it’s the right space for your activity, simply follow the guidelines and fill out the form. Once the request form has been submitted, the review committee will get back to you with details on next steps in the planning process. The SLC Welcome Team is here to answer any questions too.
Q: Who is the review committee, how often do they meet?
A: The committee will meet every two weeks. It is a group of representatives mostly made up of your peers (students), and representatives from the SLC staff and academic stakeholders. They are looking forward to hearing all of your creative ways of using the Amphitheatre and how they can help you be successful.
Q: What is the criteria for my activity to qualify for use of the amphitheatre?
A: Your activity must:
- Be reputation-enhancing by design
- Enhance the academic and overall student experience
- Be intentional in its effort to collaborate with an existing group/initiative/activity/resource on campus
- Be welcoming to any student or Ryerson community member
- Be inclusive in considering how to make the activity accessible by minimizing barriers for attendance
- NOTE: Priority will be given to activities that are non-traditional in their approach to program delivery/use of space/engagement of participants.
Q: What does “priority will be given to activities that are non-traditional in their approach”?
A: This is a world-class destination and Ryerson students are notoriously creative. If there are two requests to use the space for the same date and time, the one who has the most innovative way of maximizing the amphitheatre space will be given the green-light.
Q: What does “be reputation-enhancing by design” mean?
A: The SLC is Ryerson’s new front door on Yonge Street and a world-class destination. This means that the amphitheatre is in a very high-traffic and visible location for the community to see. Design your activity with this in mind.
Q: What does “enhance the academic and overall student experience” mean?
A: The SLC is an academic building – it’s part of the Library of the 21st Century. The 1st priority of the Academic Plan is to Enable Greater Student Engagement & Success Through Exceptional Experiences. Check out some of the Academic Plan’s 29 Strategies for ideas on how to align your activity and meeting this criteria.
Q: How can I be “intentional in my efforts to collaborate with an existing group/initiative/activity/resource on campus”?
A: There are many existing groups, initiatives and resources on campus. We encourage you to take advantage of what is out there. Discover them by searching through some of the resources provided through the Passport Program.
Q: How much time in advance of my activity date do I need to send a request form?
A: The earliest time frame you can submit a request for an activity is up to 6 months in advance of the desired activity date. We encourage you to submit a request at least 1 month in advance of the desired activity date to help ensure a stress-free process.
Keep in mind the frequency that the review committee meets.
If there are any other questions we did not cover, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Amphitheatre FAQ