Welcome to Theatre & Performance, Speech Communication, and Digital Arts Communication

Welcome! In this department, 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. Feb. 27, 2018Book Publication

    Vershawn Young has published Neo-Passing: Performing Identity after Jim Crow. The official U.S. publication date is set for March 12, 2018.

  2. Nov. 6, 2017Dr. Vershawn Young elected Assistant Chair for the Conference on College Composition and CommunicationCCC Logo

    Dr. Vershawn Young has just been elected to the position of Assistant Chair for the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

  3. Aug. 28, 2017Investigating power and privilege inside and outside the classroomNaila Keleta-Mae

    When the politics and histories that shape students’ lives emerge in class, Naila Keleta-Mae sees an opportunity for deep learning - not an interruption to her lecture notes.

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The Department of Drama and Speech Communication 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.