Theatre and Performance

student practicing stage sword fight

Student rehearsing sword combat for Henry the Sixth, Part One, 2015.

Theatre and performance are ways of experiencing and understanding ourselves in relation to others. Our program integrates theory and practice to explore the ways in which artists, audiences, and scholars make meaning in the medium of lived experience. Theatre and Performance students engage with theatre and performance at all levels, from the practical demands of production to its ethical consequences in our communities. By learning to  implement creative ideas in real-life situations and to analyze their impact in our rapidly-changing world, students thrive creatively as they develop new knowledge and skills for life and work beyond university.

The Theatre and Performance program produces an annual series of performances developed by faculty, students, and visiting artists. Students participate in productions for course credit, as well as selecting from a range of courses on performance, performance studies, theatre and new media, technical theatre, dramaturgy, design, and theatre history. We explore theatre and performance in a wide range of contexts.

Across our whole curriculum, the Theatre and Performance program focuses particularly on four areas of interest:

  • embodiment - what it means for human bodies to be present together at the same time in the same space;
  • representation - how we describe and mediate our lived experiences and what they mean to us;
  • critical reflection - the ways we analyze and feel ambiguity, contradiction, form, and meaning; and
  • agency - our capacity as individuals and in communities to make meaning in our particular, real-life circumstances.

Each of these areas helps us to understand the ethical consequences of our work in communities, and to consider ways in which theatre and performance can contribute to beauty and justice.

The Theatre and Performance program offers five degree plans and a minor plan. Most of our courses are also open to interested students from other departments.