Theatre StudiesWestern Arts and Humanities


purkisSince his stint as a transvestite boy actor in the two-day run (including dress rehearsal) of Bo Peep at Templewood Junior school, Professor James Purkis' interest in drama has been mostly academic. His most recent research has looked at ‘prompt books’ from Shakespeare’s theatre, while earlier publications have explored how drama enters into public debates about gender and authorial property. 

devereux hsWith a genuine and personable approach, Professor Joanna Devereux expertly guides students through a major Western University theatre production in the popular practical drama course English 2041F and directs the Western Summer Shakespeare performances. An award-winning instructor, Jo also studies the relationship between nineteenth-century visual arts, theatre, performance, and poetry.

longtinProfessor Mario Longtin is a historian of theatre and a philologist. He specializes in French dramatic productions from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and directs Théâtre L'On Donne. He is also the Chief Editor of ROMARD (Research On Medieval and Renaissance Drama). 

Kim SolgaAn award-winning scholar and teacher of contemporary theatre and performance, Professor Kim Solga has worked in both Canadian and British universities. She helps students to build collaborative relationships with their peers and develop strong teamwork skills as she challenges them to push their own boundaries through the labour of performance. For Kim,  teaching is a public practice that helps strengthen communities and build engaged citizens – something she writes about often on her blog, The Activist Classroom.


Exploring international opportunities

Once again we participated in International Week at Western. Such fun connecting with our students and talking about how Destination Theatre 3900G can help shape their international learning experience. Submit your application here

Future students & parents

Thank you for visiting us during Fall Preview Day! We had a blast meeting you all and look forward to seeing you on campus again, soon!

Professor Kim Solga

Solgais the recipient of the 2016 Award for Excellence in Editing for her achievement in editing Performance and the Global City editors (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Performance and the City editors (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). Presented by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE).

Theatre Studies launches a new conversation on the arts

The Theatre Studies program is designed to train minds to think about theatre, analyze performance, critique it, understand the economics of it, as well as consider theatre in terms of how it works within a community.

ORIGINAL KIDS THEATRE COMPANY is hiring artistic staff for their Spring 2017 season!

CAHOOTS THEATRE COMPANY is giving artists the opp to have their stories shared through the Theatre Creators’ Reserve Program (TCR). Submissions are being accepted until December 1.

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