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Theatre Studies Courses

2014-15 Theatre Studies Courses

NB: Syllabi will be posted as soon as they are available.

Theatre Studies 2201F: Understanding Performance

This course will equip students with the primary tools necessary to conduct basic performance analysis. From costumes to lighting and sound effects to textual alterations, students will learn to analyze a production while exploring the social, political, and aesthetic meanings of the required texts.

Fall 2014 2201F / 001 M.J. Kidnie Syllabus

Theatre Studies 2202F: Performance Beyond Theatres

Students will examine forms of contemporary performance that are less conventional and/or challenge conventional assumptions.  This course will explore the performance of everyday life, contemporary avant-garde, site specific, and environmental theatre.

Fall 2014 2202F / 001 K. Solga Syllabus

Theatre Studies 2203E: Forms and Genres of Theatre

This course provides an introduction to theatrical forms and genres through the study of a selection of plays from national and geographical locations. Students will examine theatre as an evolving art form, and consider how performance offers social, economic, and political commentary at particular historical and cultural moments.

Fall/Winter 2203E / 001 J. Devereux


Theatre Studies 3202F: Space, Location and Scenography

Students will study advanced knowledge of types of theatrical space and buildings ranging from festival, outdoor, national, and destination theatres to theatrical architecture, embodied space, and innovative theatrical practices over time. Students will also visit performance spaces in Toronto, Stratford and local venues and engage in hands-on spatial analysis.

Fall 2014 3202F / 001 - CANCELLED J. Devereux Syllabus

Theatre Studies 3205G: History of Performance Theory

This course introduces students to major statements and treatises about theatre and performance from Plato and Aristotle to anti-theatrical positions of the Renaissance and late-nineteenth and twentieth-century thinkers such as Nietzsche, Stanislavski, Artaud, Brecht, and Brook. Students will also apply theories of practice to specific dramatic texts.

Winter 2015 3205G / 001 K. Solga Syllabus