Theatre Studies Courses



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 English 2041F - Fall Theatre Production - Dido, Queen of Carthage
In this course, students participating in the Department of English and Writing Studies' Fall Theatre Production - Dido, Queen of Carthage, 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 are held in March each year so that students may register and receive a course credit for their part in the production. Permission of the Chair of Undergraduate Studies required to enroll. 3 lecture/tutorial hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2018 2041F / 001 J. Devereux Syllabus

2201G - 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

Winter 2019 2201G / 001 M.J. Kidnie Syllabus

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 2018 2202F / 001 K. Solga Syllabus

2204G - Forms and Genres: The Greeks to Shakespeare
This course will introduce students to the range of plays and theatre practices that shaped the first two millennia of theatre. Landmark texts will be studied in the context of the diverse theatre spaces, festivals, and political cultures in which the drama first came into being. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2019 2204G / 001 J. Devereux Syllabus 

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 2019 3205G / 001 K. Solga Syllabus

 3327A - Remediated Shakespeare (cross-listed with English Studies 3327A)
Be creative! This intensive hands-on study of four Shakespeare plays gives you the opportunity to explore the drama from the inside out. Students edit their own texts, stage short live performances, and transfer their work to digital media. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2018 3327A / 001 M.J. Kidnie DRAFT Syllabus 

 3581F - Toronto: Culture and Performance (cross-listed with English Studies 3581F and Arts & Humanities 3393F)
How does the theatre that appears on Toronto’s stages reflect, extend, challenge and question the City of Toronto’s global-city aspirations? This is just one of a host of questions we’ll be asking in this exciting new course, as we travel to Toronto regularly to see live theatre of all kinds, talk with actors, directors, and reviewers, and explore the city’s contemporary theatre ecology through readings drawn from performance studies as well as urban studies. Students can expect to make at least four class trips into the city to see live performance, and to read a handful of scripts from the city’s most recent theatre seasons alongside some contextual materials. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2018 3581F / 001 K. Solga Syllabus

 3900G - Destination Theatre
Experiential learning - part of the course is in a classroom setting; the other part is a trip to London, England during Intersession 2019. 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 2019 3900G / 001 J. Devereux Syllabus


JULY 16 - AUGUST 3, 2018

For-credit courses delivered at Stratford Festival in partnership with the universities of Guelph and Windsor, Western University, Brock University and St. Jerome’s University (affiliated with the University of Waterloo). Learn more >>

HOUSING: The Nurses Residence will be accepting students for the duration of the University Courses this summer. Cost for a single room is approximately $425.00 + HST and $25.00 + HST for parking for the 3 weeks. Please call them directly at 519-271-5084 and specify that you are booking for the 3 week course from July 16 – August 3.

3206G - Shakespeare and 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 3206G / 600 Instructor: tba Syllabus

3207G - Voice and Text in the Theatre
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 3207G / 600 Instructor: tba Syllabus

Course listings are subject to change. See Academic Timetable for date, time, and location of specific courses. See Undergraduate Sessional Dates for more details and deadlines for 2017 and 2018.

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