Theatre Studies Courses

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Intersession (June 10-22)

3206F - 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 usually meets for three hours a day, six afternoons a week (Mon-Sat, Sun off), and usually includes attendance at Shakespeare productions. THEATRE STUDIES 3206F RUNS CONCURRENTLY WITH THEATRE STUDIES 3207F. Intersession only. 0.5 course

Spring/Summer 1 pm-4 pm 3206F / 600 Stratford Festival Instructor tba Syllabus 

3207F - Voice and Text in the Theatre (co-requisite TS3206F)
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. Class usually meets for three hours a day, six mornings a week (Mon-Sat, Sun off). Taught by Stratford Festival staff. THEATRE STUDIES 3207F RUNS CONCURRENTLY WITH THEATRE STUDIES 3206F. STUDENTS TAKING THEATRE STUDIES 3207F MUST ALSO BE REGISTERED IN THEATRE STUDIES 3206F. Intersession only. 0.5 course

Spring/Summer 9 am-12 pm 3207F / 600 Stratford Festival Instructor tba Syllabus 


2000-2999 Level Courses

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. We will study six plays and see live theatre at the Stratford Festival (Richard II and Rent), at the Grand Theatre in London (Kim’s Convenience), and at the Crow’s Theatre in Toronto (Bad Roads). Students will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform a scene and to devise a production concept for a scene from another play on the course. 0.5 course

Fall 2023 2201F / 001 DRAFT Syllabus 

2202G - Performance Beyond Theatres
Performance Beyond Theatres introduces students to the fields of performance studies and applied theatre, two disciplines that explore the power of theatre and performance to work for social and political justice. We will examine a wide range of performances in everyday life (think sports, politics, Starbucks, and much more…), and we’ll meet some inspiring theatre practitioners working with equity-owed communities to uplift their voices and tell their stories to a wide audience. Students will have the chance to make a final performance project about a social or political topic meaningful to them, either on their own or in groups. 0.5 course

Winter 2024 2202G / 001 Syllabus 

2205G - Forms and Genres: The Modern Context
This course traces developments in playwriting, acting, and playhouse design from the Restoration to the present day. This introductory course will explore the theatrical innovations and political interventions of the work of such dramatists as Aphra Behn, George Lillo, Ibsen, Brecht, Pinter, Caryl Churchill, and Sarah Kane. 0.5 course

Winter 2024 2205G / 001 Syllabus 

2212F - Adapting Across Page, Stage, and Screen (cross-listed with Film 2212F and English 2112F)
How does the shape an artwork takes contribute to its aesthetic and political power? When artworks flex across form and media how do their messages change? What did Marshall McLuhan mean when he said “the medium is the message”? How do genre and form shape social and political discourse? In this course, students explore these questions and more as they investigate texts that assume multiple cultural forms and represent a diversity of perspectives. 0.5 course

Fall 2023 2212F / 001 Syllabus 

3000-3999 Level Courses

3211G - In Your Skin: Sexualities and Performance (cross-listed with GSWS 3331G)
This course examines the relationship between sexuality and performance. Students will examine play texts and performance and study such topics as drag, transgendered roles and representation, and the role of gender and sexuality in the interpretation of a text or performance. 0.5 course

Winter 2024 3211G / 001 Syllabus 

3327B - Remediated Shakespeare (cross-listed with English 3327B)
This half-course will explore four major plays through a range of media including early and later print, staged performance, film, and live stream. Study of Shakespeare as text and performance will include students annotating, editing and staging scenes, and creating websites and/or blogs to reflect on their acts of making. 0.5 course

Winter 2024 3327B / 001 Syllabus 

3581F - Toronto: Culture and Performance (cross-listed with English 3581F and ARTHUM 3390F)
In Toronto: Culture and Performance we explore the GTA’s contemporary theatre ecology as a city-making enterprise. We ask: how does performance help to build a city, to enable its communities to tell their stories, and to work towards the decolonization of our shared, lived spaces? We will see live performance, watch cool stuff on the internet, meet artists and creators, and explore the many provocative and empowering ways cities and their theatre and performance landscapes intertwine. 0.5 course

Fall 2023 3581F / 001 Syllabus 

3900G - Destination Theatre APPLICATION REQUIRED
This course provides students with the opportunity to develop their drama education more deeply through the experience of theatre abroad, in cities such as New York and London, England. Students' attendance at live performance will be complemented with daily lectures, and tours of theatres, archives, and relevant historical sites. Full course details. 0.5 course

Winter 2024 3900G / 001 Syllabus 

3951F - Special Topics in Theatre Studies: South Western Ontario Theatre - CANCELLED
The class will look at the history of the Grand Theatre, Blyth Festival Theatre, and Stratford Festival, specifically focused on questions of nationalism, post/de-colonial theatre, and women. 0.5 course

Fall 2023 3951F / 001 Syllabus

3952G - Special Topics in Theatre Studies: Performing Antigones (cross-listed with Classical Studies 3904G and ARTHUM 3390G)
In this course we explore the story of Antigone from Sophocles’ production at the City Dionysia in fifth-century BCE Athens to re-performances on the contemporary world stage. This course has two equally important goals. The first goal is to explore Sophocles’ Antigone in the historical context of 5th century Athens. The second goal is to investigate why and how the story of Antigone has been re-told and performed and how we might envision it continuing to be re-told and performed in our contemporary world. We begin the course with an intensive study of the text of Sophocles’ Antigone. In the first eight weeks, we focus on critically reading and discussing the play, act by act considering topics including the historical context, the performance context, stagging, embodiment, and character development, as well as addressing the overarching themes of the play. In the final four weeks of the course, we explore the many Antigones that have been performed on the contemporary world stage including performances in Canada, Japan, Turkey, Taiwan, Ireland, and many more. 0.5 course

Winter 2024 3952G / 001 Syllabus 

4000-4999 Level Courses

4999E - Thesis Project
Individual instruction in the selection of a topic, preparation of materials, and creation of a thesis project with a focus on theatre or performance studies. The outcome may be a written piece of research or a performance-creation project. Students who wish to take this course must apply to the Program Director, Theatre Studies. This course is restricted to students with an 80% or above average and who have completed at least 1.0 course(s) from Theatre Studies 3000-4999 or approved substitutions. See Theatre Studies 4999E - Thesis Project for details1.0 course

Fall/Winter 4999E / 001 Various See Theatre Studies 4999E - Thesis Project

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

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