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. 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 Drama and Speech Communication was officially created.  Prior to joining the faculty he began his career in professional theatre as a set and costume designer and scenic artist and has continued to w

  2. July 9, 2018Gill Lesperance is building his brandPhoto of Gill 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 ele

  3. July 3, 2018Jennifer Roberts-Smith and the intersection of theatre, history, and digital mediaImage of Virtual reality world created for DOHR project

    Jennifer Roberts-Smith is an Associate professor in Theatre and Performance.  Jennifer’s interests lie in the intersection of theatre, history, and digital media. 

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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.

Employment Opportunity for Sessional Instructors

The Speech Communication program at the University of Waterloo is searching for several new sessional instructors to teach core communication courses.  Based in a liberal arts faculty with high national and international standards, the Speech Communication program currently serves approximately 150 majors, 50 minors, and delivers many sections of communication courses to four Faculties from across the University.

Sessional instructors could teach up to three sections per academic term of the following courses: Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Science Communication, or Communication in the Engineering Professions. Each of these courses include emphases on foundational communication competencies and are designed to align with the Speech Communication program objectives. More information on the Speech Communication program can be found here:


Interested instructors should have a PhD or be working toward completing a PhD, and should send a CV and a brief letter of interest that addresses qualifications and teaching philosophy to:

Dr. Robert Danisch

Chair, Department of Drama and Speech Communication

University of Waterloo

200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1