Welcome to Communication Arts

Welcome! In the Department of Communication Arts, we believe that understanding and experiencing the many facets of performance and communication contribute to a rich and complete humanities education. All our programs integrate academic and practical work to produce the best education in our disciplines.

We offer two sets of degree programs and one minor: Speech Communication, Theatre and Performance, and Digital Arts Communication. Our faculty pursue distinct and overlapping areas of work encompassing teaching, research, and creative activity in digital arts communication, theatre theory and practice, and communication as the processes by which people create meaning in communities.

  1. June 7, 2019PQ 2019 - Call for Participation

    The University of Waterloo, Theatre and Performance Program, invites applications to participate in the 2019 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space from June 7 - 12. PQ is the largest international festival of performance design featuring groundbreaking exhibitions, installations, workshops, seminars and more that 500 live performances with over 180, 000 visitors and more than 1,300 students from around the world.

  2. July 16, 2018Bill Chesney draws out historyPencil portrait of a woman lying on a bed

    Bill Chesney has the longest history of anyone in the department. He became faculty just a few years after the Department of Communication Arts was officially created.

  3. July 9, 2018Gill Lesperance is building his brandGill Lesperance in his shop with old fashioned hand tools

    Gill Lesperance can often be found covered in sawdust — not only here at work but also at his own business, G&G Carpentry. Gill started his company approximately 3 years ago as an outlet for his custom projects such as built-in bookshelves, cutting boards, salad bowls, a skate board, an electric guitar and anything else that can be made of wood.

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The Department of Communication Arts acknowledges that we are on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron (also known as the Neutral), Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometres on each side of the Grand River. Read more about territorial acknowledgement.