About Us

Theatre Studies @ Western is a multidisciplinary liberal arts program housed within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and administered by Western’s internationally-ranked Department of English and Writing Studies.

Courses
 in the Theatre Studies Major and Minor 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 taking Theatre Studies 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 third-year Fall Production course, will be of interest to students keen to pursue careers in theatre practice, students looking for a drama “teachable”, or students seeking graduate training in theatre and performance studies
Particularly popular is our capstone Destination Theatre course, 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.

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