Be part of the next generation of actors, directors, designers, playwrights, theatre-makers, performance artists and scholars.
All of our theatre specializations combine a diversity of hands-on practical learning with rigorous historical, critical, and theoretical studies. As a department, we align ourselves with a pedagogical ethos for, and commitment to, diversity and inclusivity.
We offer a BFA with a choice of three Specializations – including Canada’s first undergraduate degree in Performance Creation – as well as a Minor in Theatre. Each of our programs is designed to train you as a practitioner, and to prepare you for entry into professional work or for graduate studies.
Acting for the Theatre
Acting for the Theatre will train you to be a highly capable, adaptable performer with skills applicable to many forms and genres of contemporary theatre and live performance.
The specialization in Performance Creation supports emerging artists who seek interdisciplinary knowledge and performance training. In this program you will be introduced to theatre history, the crafts of directing, playwriting, dramaturgy, and a series of hybrid seminar-studio courses on practices such as oral history and performance, Indigenous storytelling, and studies in gender and sexuality in performance, as well as to methods for creating socially-engaged, collective, and interdisciplinary performance projects.
This program was formerly called Design for the Theatre.
Scenography invites you to become actively involved in the complex process of conceiving, communicating, and realizing visual material, and spatial frameworks for theatrical and other performing arts productions.
Minor in Theatre
The Minor in Theatre is a 24-credit program designed to be a general introduction to the field of Theatre. The Minor may be combined with a Major or Specialization in another discipline.
The Interdisciplinary Humanities and Individualized graduate programs have long served as a home for our students working in emerging research currents, including scholarly, practice-based and hybrid topics in Theatre and Performance Studies.
SUMMER FIELD SCHOOLS
Our Department distinguishes itself by providing a healthy balance of rigour and flexibility, allowing students opportunities to study in areas complementary to their primary focus. Beyond our array of studio and seminar classes, we offer a variety of enrichment activities, including international theatre-study exchanges to sites in Europe, Asia and North America, and supervised internships with prominent organizations in the local and national landscape.