2016-17 Undergraduate Theatre Studies Courses

Students may register for Theatre Studies courses if they have at least 60% in any first-year essay course from the faculties of Arts & Humanities, Information and Media Studies, Music or a selection of Social Science departments, or permission of the Department.

Students enrolled in Writing 2291F - All the World's a Stage: Introduction to Playwriting can apply this course to their Theatre Studies modules with permission of the Department.


Theatre Studies 3206G: Shakespeare in Performance
An historical, theoretical, and analytical introduction to Shakespeare's plays in performance. This course focuses on specific problems related to past productions and to those in the current Stratford Festival season. Class meets for three hours a day, five afternoons a week, and includes attendance at Shakespeare productions. Summer Day only. Limited enrollment. Students must contact the Department for permission to register.

Summer Day 2017 (1-4pm) 3206G / 001 J. Devereux Syllabus syllabus

Theatre Studies 3207G: Voice and Text (co-requisite 3206G)
A workshop in which students will experience, with simple, practical exercises, the ways in which Festival actors develop and maintain their voices and explore various aspects of the text they are performing. The class meets for three hours, four mornings a week. Taught by Stratford Festival staff. Summer Day only. Limited enrollment. Students must contact the Department for permission to register.

Summer Day 2017 (9-12pm) 3207G / 001 tba Syllabus syllabus


English 2041F - Fall Theatre Production - Q1 Hamlet
In this course, students participating in the Department of English and Writing Studies' Fall Theatre Production (Q1 Hamlet) explore in theory and practice approaches to text in performance. Only students working as an actor, director, stage manager, assistant stage manager, lighting, set or costume designer may enroll. Please note: Auditions took place March 29-31, 2016. Permission of the Chair of Undergraduate Studies required to enroll. 3 lecture/tutorial hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2016 2041F / 001 J. Devereux Syllabus syllabus

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. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2016 2201F / 001 J. Devereux Syllabus pdf

Theatre Studies 2202F: Performance Beyond Theatres
In this course we think about how performance impacts our everyday lives: how we perform for one another, at school, at home, at work, and on the street; how public figures perform for us (think politicians, celebs, sports stars); and how alternative performance practices can be used to change the shape of our social worlds (protests! marches! parades and carnivals!). We will read a selection of essays from The Performance Studies Reader, 3rd edition, your required text for this course; it’s not cheap but it’s the only book you’ll need to buy, and we’ll use it every week. We’ll also watch a lot of stuff on film and online, and you can look forward to a fantastic field trip to Nuit Blanche in Toronto, the all-night arts festival that takes place the last weekend in September. Finally, you’ll have the opportunity to make a performance action of your own for your final project, and to create video or audio blogs to report on your research findings. We’ll do some writing too... but if you’re a creative soul and like to use a lot of different media to express yourself, this is definitely the course for you!  3 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2016 2202F / 001 K. Solga Syllabus pdf

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. 3 hours, 1.0 course

Fall/Winter 2203E / 001 J. Purkis Syllabus pdf

Theatre Studies 3205G: History of Performance Theory
Theatre is as old as the hills – and for as long as it’s been around, it’s been a source of controversy! What does it mean to represent our world on stage? What does it mean to show “real life” as an embodied story in front of a live audience? Who decides what’s “real life”, anyway? And how many different ways are there to stage “the real world”? This class takes you on a tour of the history of theatre and performance theory, asking along the way why this theory has always been so political, so risky, so emotionally charged. Before reading week we will visit  the hot topics of centuries past, and after the break we’ll read a handful of contemporary theorists who are continuing age-old lines of inquiry in new and exciting ways. Your text is Theatre/Theory/Theatre, edited by Daniel Gerould, but from it we will decide together, in week one, which authors we’d like to read. (No, really!) Work by contemporary theorists will be provided to you free of charge as PDF files; again, we’ll decide together, from a curated short-list, what we’d like to read. In addition to reading one or two theory texts per week, you’ll also have the chance to watch performance work on film and online that will illustrate some of the key ideas we will explore. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2017 3205G / 001 K. Solga Syllabus pdf

Theatre Studies 3208G: Table Work
“Table work” is one of the most important phases leading to the staging of a piece of  theatre. It is the moment when the actors, the director and often the production team gather to read a chosen play-text. It is the moment when they can confront their ideas about the text that will be embodied on stage, in order to deepen their understanding of how it signifies. This year, students will close-read the play Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry, one of the most important works of theatrical modernism. They will analyze the script’s vocal patterning, experiment with the pacing of a scene in terms of breath, silences, and “beats”, shape interpretations of character, tone, and motivation, and debate what constitutes textual “clues” to performance. We will reflect on how to infuse a text with political overtones, and how to tackle a more formalist style of acting adapted to political satire and morality plays. This class will culminate in a public reading of chosen scenes from the play. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2017 3208G / 001 M. Longtin Syllabus .pdf

Theatre Studies 3210B: Performing Arts Management, Marketing & Curation - CANCELLED
This course introduces students to the main components of work in performing arts management and curation. Students will study best practices for management, recruitment, marketing and audience development, will learn to use social media effectively for these purposes, and will explore the challenges facing artistic directors. Assessments may include the creation of sample grant applications, social media campaigns, and a mock theatre season. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2017 3210B / 001 tba Syllabus .pdf

Theatre Studies 3900G: Destination Theatre (formerly 4215G)
Experiential learning - part of the course is in a classroom setting; the other part is a trip to London, England during Intersession 2017. This is a capstone course in the new Theatre Studies Major and Minor program. This half-course equivalent offers undergraduates the opportunity to learn about contemporary theatre and performance in a major international city. A two-week intensive learning experience in London, England is included as a core component of the course, and our study abroad will incorporate guest lectures, tours, post-performance discussion, and practice-based learning alongside theatre outings. Application required. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2017 3900G / 001 K. Solga Syllabus .pdf