About Theatre Studies

Theatre Studies is a multidisciplinary liberal arts program administered by the Department of English and Writing Studies designed to teach the history, theory, and cultural politics of theatre and performance while building critical spectators and future performance entrepreneurs.

Modules

We offer three modules:

  • Major in Theatre Studies
  • Minor in Theatre Studies
  • Certificate in Theatre Studies

Courses

Courses are delivered by award-winning teachers who are also active researchers specializing in a variety of sub-disciplines including Renaissance Drama, Performance Studies, Dramaturgy, European Performance Traditions, Indigenous Performance Traditions, Canadian Theatre, Québecois Theatre, Postcolonial Theatre, and Contemporary Women’s Performance.

Students can expect a healthy mix of classroom learning:
  • Field trip experiences (including locally in London, ON, and nearby Stratford, Toronto, and Detroit), as well as workshop experimentation.
  • Small lecture and seminar classes address topical social and cultural issues in theatre and performance, including gender and sexuality on stage, race and ethnicity in performance, Aboriginal identity and experience, and the place of the Arts in our contemporary economic landscape.
  • Studio classes taught in conjunction with the Stratford Festival of Canada, as well as our second-year Fall Theatre Production course, which will be of interest to students keen to pursue careers in theatre practice, those  looking for a drama “teachable”, or seeking graduate training in theatre and performance studies.

Experiential Learning

Study Theatre Abroad - Destination Theatre

Particularly popular is our capstone Destination Theatre course (Theatre Studies 3900G), in which students journey to London, England or New York City for a two-week intensive experience that includes theatre outings, workshops with specialists, performative walking tours, and much more.

Study Theatre at Stratford Festival

We offer two courses at the Stratford Festival in partnership with the universities of Guelph, Windsor; Brock University; and St. Jerome’s University. Courses are offered during the Summer Day session only between July-August.

Students will:

  • Learn on site with renowned theatre coaches at an internationally acclaimed theatre festival and company.
  • Attend Shakespeare productions and gain practical tools to analyze, personalize and perform a piece of classical text.
  • Develop techniques and exercises to prepare your body, breath and voice for acting and rehearsing.

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