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. 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.

  2. May 29, 2017Award winning Toronto director to direct "Concord Floral"Upper body photo of Vikki Anderson

    The Theatre and Performance program is excited to announce that Toronto-based director-designer-producer, Vikki Anderson, has been contracted to direct the fall production of Concord Floral by Jordan Tannahill

  3. Mar. 16, 2017Performance- Unconscious Curriculum: Rape Culture on Campus

    In conjunction with the performance the students of DRAMA/SPCOM 440 will create a series of collaborative installations in the Theatre of the Arts Gallery between March 14 -19.  Students will provide creative reflections on the prevalence of gender-based violence within contemporary North American society. These installations will feature multi-disciplinary art works that critically examine how the rhetoric of rape culture is supported and circulated throughout institutions, social interactions and popular channels of communication.

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  1. Nov. 15, 2017Concord FloralPoster image for Concord Floral

    Concord Floral is a million square foot abandoned greenhouse and a hangout for neighbourhood kids. But something has happened there. Something nobody wants to talk about. Concord Floral re-imagines Giovanni Boccaccio's medieval allegory The Decameron in a contemporary Canadian suburb, in which ten teens must flee a plague they have brought upon themselves.

  2. Nov. 16, 2017Concord FloralPoster image for Concord Floral

    Concord Floral is a million square foot abandoned greenhouse and a hangout for neighbourhood kids. But something has happened there. Something nobody wants to talk about. Concord Floral re-imagines Giovanni Boccaccio's medieval allegory The Decameron in a contemporary Canadian suburb, in which ten teens must flee a plague they have brought upon themselves.

  3. Nov. 17, 2017Concord FloralPoster image for Concord Floral

    Concord Floral is a million square foot abandoned greenhouse and a hangout for neighbourhood kids. But something has happened there. Something nobody wants to talk about. Concord Floral re-imagines Giovanni Boccaccio's medieval allegory The Decameron in a contemporary Canadian suburb, in which ten teens must flee a plague they have brought upon themselves.

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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 kilometers on each side of the Grand River. Read more about territorial acknowledgement.