Study theatre abroad
This course will not be offered during the Fall/Winter 2021-22 academic year.
Destination Theatre is an opportunity for students to indulge their love of live performance, to expand their world as they travel to a major global city with fellow students, and to discover aspects of themselves that they may never have considered before.
Students will have the opportunity to develop their drama education more deeply through the experience of theatre abroad, in London, England or New York. When in London, England, attendance at live performances will be complemented with daily lectures, workshops and seminars hosted by artists and scholars from the University of London, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. In addition, students will experience tours of theatres, archives, and do a theatre-themed walking tour of central London. Read our student blog!
No theatre experience required!
Students are encouraged to bring their home discipline’s research and ideas to class to help shape their experience of the theatre they will see.
Dates: Approximately 1/2 of a half course in class at Western during the Winter term and two weeks abroad during Intersession (June - July). This course will not be offered during the Fall/Winter 2021-22 academic year.
Theme: Performance, culture, and the urban economy
Application/Registration: When this course is being offered, you will need to submit your application to Western International and then, once it is approved, you will need to register for Theatre Studies 3900G through Student Central.
At least 60% in 1.0 of any 1000-level or above “E” or combination of two 1000- level or above “F/G” courses from any department in the following Faculties: Arts and Humanities, School of Humanities (Brescia), Information and Media Studies (FIMS), or Music; or from any of the following additional Departments: Anthropology, English (King’s), English and Cultural Studies (Huron), History (Main and Affiliates), Philosophy (Affiliates), Political Science (Main and Affiliates), the Religious Studies (Affiliates), or permission of the Department.
Students may be able to take advantage of a range of bursary opportunities; more information is available through Western International.
1. Submit your application to Western International
2. Once you receive an email confirming that your application has been accepted, then register for Theatre Studies 3900G through Student Central
Destination Theatre is a Winter-term, 0.5 credit, experiential learning course on which students will travel to London, England or New York for two weeks during Intersession.
Students can expect to spend approximately half of their contact hours (1/2 of a 1/2 course) in class at Western and the other half on location in London, England or New York.
During class time at Western we will read widely in the basics of theatre and performance studies, in order to ensure we have a shared baseline for discussion; students will be encouraged to investigate individual research avenues related to their own fields of study. We will also read some key texts in urban performance studies, in relation to the course's current theme.
In London, we expect to stay on campus at Queen Mary, University of London, in the city's vibrant east end. Students will enjoy individual rooms in shared flats, and will be given the option of choosing half board, bed and breakfast, or no board options (shared flats all have kitchens). In Stratford-upon-Avon, we will stay in B&Bs. Accommodation details for New York are not available at this time.
In London, England we will see 8-12 live shows over our two week residency, in both London and Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare's birthplace). In addition, students will attend workshops, seminars, and talks hosted by artists and scholars from the University of London, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and will have the chance to experience Queen Mary's annual "Peopling the Palace" performance festival, a showcase of east-London talent. Performance details for New York are not available at this time.
Assignments for Destination Theatre may include a journal component, contribution to the class blog, a performance review, and a final project based on students' individual research investigations, applied to experiences while abroad. These in particular will be designed by students in consultation with the instructor before leaving Western, with the aim of aligning project work to students' individual areas of study and interest beyond the course.
As this is a regular winter term offering there is no additional tuition due for Destination Theatre. The cost for Destination Theatre's abroad component in London, England is approximately $2500 (budgets assume a course enrollment of twenty-five students). This fee will include accommodation, board as applicable, intercity travel within England, most theatre tickets, and insurance. Students book their flights to London independently (cost borne by the student), and you have the freedom to combine the journey with other travel on either side of the course programming abroad. Cost details for New York are not available at this time.
Both the Winter term and the Intersession abroad component are compulsory.
In 2021, Destination Theatre is scheduled to travel to London, UK, for a two-week residency based at Queen Mary, University of London, in the heart of the capital, with a long weekend break in Stratford-upon-Avon.
In the event that a COVID-19 resurgence prevents our travel, students will have the opportunity to complete their course credit online, using a range of (pretty terrific) tools that will bring the best of British theatre and performance, as well as guest artists and teachers, to us via Zoom. In the event travel is prevented, all supplementary student fees will be refunded. In the event that the abroad portion of the class is canceled either before the beginning of winter term 2021, or after the beginning of Winter term 2021 but before the add/drop date has passed, students will have the opportunity to drop the course without penalty and choose an alternative credit.