By Keith Capstick
Ryerson theatre students will not be moved out of their current building until the end of the 2015/2016 academic year, The Eyeopener has learned, contrary to an initial plan to move out at the end of this winter semester.
Gerd Hauck, the dean of the Faculty of Communication and Design, confirmed the later date on Friday.
“We’re about four, five or six months later than we anticipated,” said Hauck.
In an email sent by Ryerson Theatre School Chair Peggy Shannon Friday to members of the theatre school, she recognizes that this shift in date will cause stress to the students and faculty.
“Change is important, but it can also be disruptive. Change can produce a level of worry – even anxiety – about the unknown,” said Shannon in the email.
The email cited three potential temporary spaces for the school to move to in the spring of 2016 while a permanent residence is being sought out.
These locations include the new Student Learning Centre (SLC), the Atrium on Bay and Kerr Hall. It is also mentioned that in order for the SLC to be a possible interim home, the building would have to be re-zoned.
Ryerson President Sheldon Levy told The Eyeopener last week that the school would be moving out of its current home on 44 Gerrard St. E. in Fall 2016.