Theatre

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Theatre Studies

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The Theatre Studies area offers students the opportunity to explore a wide range of interests in dramatic theory and criticism, theatre history, contemporary world theatre, playwriting, and Devised Theatre.

It is expected that students in Theatre Studies, including those in the two-and-a half-year sequence of Theatre Survey courses, will acquire, and be able to demonstrate:

  1. Sound knowledge of Theatre History, the forms and practices and social contexts of theatre through the ages and in different cultures, including knowledge of influential critical formulations, manifestos, and theoretical pronouncements;
  2. Understanding of the ways in which Theatre has mattered and had meaning in different societies and eras, and of the ways in which it can matter and have meaning here and now;
  3. Familiar working knowledge of, and ability to analyse, a substantial number of plays from the conventional canon and beyond, including plays from outside the western tradition, together with the ability to write about drama-in-performance critically and appreciatively;
  4. Vivid imaginative realization of the potential in dramatic scripts for the production of new meanings in contemporary performance;
  5. Ability to apply knowledge and research capacity to the task of serving as dramaturg on productions of plays from earlier epochs;
  6. Active and detailed knowledge of the history and present state of Theatre and Drama in Canada.

Students thus prepared should be well qualified to pursue graduate studies, education, and/or to contribute to the creation, study, criticism and development of Theatre in Canada and elsewhere.

Second year:

 

Required courses:

  • THEA 2210 3.0 Ideas of Theatre
  • THEA 2200 6.0 Theatrical Worlds in Transition

Some optional courses:

  • THEA 2064 3.0 Acting Shakespeare
  • THEA 2410 6.0 History of Visual Sources
  • THEA 2600 6.0 Putting on the Play (offered in the summer)

Third year:

Required courses:

  • THEA 3200 3.0 Modern Theatre and Society
  • 3.0 credits in Theatre Studies at the 3000 or 4000 level

 

Theatre Studies courses in areas of specific interest are the focus of third and fourth years.  It is expected that some students will also have begun to pursue interdisciplinary interests, combining theatre with such other fields as Education, Psychology, Anthropology, English or Religious Studies.  Students in second year may be able, with permission, to take 3000-level courses.

 

Third year is an important transition year for Theatre Studies students.  Those looking to pursue a graduate degree (MA/PhD) in Theatre Studies or prepare for a professional career as a playwright, dramaturg,  playmaker, theatre critic, or theatre educator, are strongly encouraged (and in some cases, required) to take specialized seminar courses in their areas of interest.

Course offerings will vary from year to year, often on a rotation basis.  However, many of these courses have a strong emphasis on Canadian content, one of the key strengths of faculty teaching in the Theatre Studies area.

Recommended courses:

Please note that not all of these courses are offered every year.  For more information on actual course offerings, please consult the online course timetables.

  • THEA 3211 3.0 Writing about the Theatre
  • THEA 3230 3.0 History of Ensemble Theatre
  • THEA 3235 3.0 The Body in Performance
  • THEA 3240 3.0 First Nations Theatre
  • THEA 3260E 3.0 Highbrow/Lowbrow: Cultural Hierarchy and Popular Performance
  • THEA 3260H 3.0 Black Theatre and Performance
  • THEA 3290 6.0 Playwriting and New Play Dramaturgy I
  • THEA 3300 3.0 Shakespeare in Performance
  • THEA 3331 3.0 The Theatricality of Power
  • THEA 3450 3.0 Theatre for Young Audiences
  • In addition, students may take courses from 4000-level offerings, with the appropriate pre-requisites.

Fourth year:

The fourth year is an exciting culminating year for Theatre Studies students.  By the end of the fourth year, students have a firm grasp on a wide range of skills that will prepare them to enter the professional theatre world or graduate studies.  Those looking to pursue a graduate degree (MA/PhD) in Theatre Studies or prepare for a professional career as a playwright, dramaturg, theatre maker, theatre critic, or theatre educator, are strongly encouraged to take seminar courses in their area of specialization.

Recommended courses:

Please note that not all of these courses are offered every year.  For more information on actual course offerings, please consult the online course timetables. 

  • THEA 4200 3.0 Perspectives on Contemporary Theatre
  • THEA 4270B 3.0 Performing Gender
  • THEA 4270H 3.0 Shakespeare: The Authorship Question
  • THEA 4290 6.0 Playwriting and New Play Dramaturgy II
  • THEA 4331 3.0 Theatre of Political Engagement
  • THEA 4330 3.0 Contemporary Canadian Theatre
  • THEA 4332 3.0 Contemporary Asian Canadian Theatre
  • THEA 4333 3.0 African Theatre
  • THEA 4334 3.0 Theatre of the Holocaust
  • THEA 4340 3.0 Comedy
  • THEA 4350 3.0 Tragedy
  • THEA 4360 3.0 The Musical Theatre
  • THEA 4440 6.0 Drama and Education
  • THEA 4450A 6.0 Practicum: Performance in Schools
  • THEA 4460 6.0 Improvisation and Playmaking

All Theatre majors must complete either THEA 3150 3.0 Theatre Management or THEA 4150 3.0 Professional Aspects of Theatre in order to graduate.

 

It is recommended that students in Theatre Studies programs track their progress through their program with a degree check list