About Theatre and Performance

students sitting in theatre seats

Theatre and Performance students in Unconscious Curriculum, 2017.

The UWaterloo Theatre and Performance program explores theatre and performance as ways of being and knowing.

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.

Theatre and Performance students thrive creatively as they develop new knowledge and skills for life and work beyond university. In courses on performance, performance studies, theatre and new media, film studies, technical theatre, dramaturgy, design, and theatre history, we explore theatre and performance in a wide range of embodied, mediated, and theoretical contexts. Our students learn to implement creative ideas in real-life situations and to analyze their impact in our rapidly-changing world.

As a drama student, I was given a rare opportunity: to dare to really throw myself into the performing arts as both an academic and practitioner. I was supported to follow creative possibilities that were new and exciting to me, and the comprehensive curriculum was challenging and diverse.” 

- Natalie Mathieson (BA Drama and English), PhD candidate, University of Toronto

The strength of the Drama program is the breadth of experience that it provides to students. This wide range of experience gave me the skills to start a theatre company with fellow graduates, and work as Artistic Director in one of the most promising young theatre communities in Canada.”

- Reid Vanier (BA Drama), founding artistic director, Standard Deviation Theatre