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Monday, July 16, 2018

Bill Chesney draws out history

Pencil 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

Monday, July 9, 2018

Gill Lesperance is building his brand

Photo 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

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Jennifer Roberts-Smith and the intersection of theatre, history, and digital media

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

Monday, June 25, 2018

Naila Keleta-Mae in search of black girlhood

Naila Keleta-Mae sitting on the floor

Professor Naila Keleta-Mae, Assistant Professor in Theatre and Performance, has a busy summer ahead of her.  Naila is researching black girlhood, performances of black girlhood, and what we can learn from them. This is different from Naila’s past research which has included black womanhood. In addition, Naila is researching why some black female playwrights in Canada self-produce (regardless of past success) and what that says about Canadian theatre production practices.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Toronto director to direct "TomorrowLove"

Head & Shoulder shot of Andrea Donaldson

The Theatre and Performance program is excited to announce that Toronto-based director-dramaturg, Andrea Donaldson, has been contracted to direct the fall production of TomorrowLove.  This is Andrea's first time working with the program.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Alumni Update! '40 Under 40' honoree - Mark Folkes

Alumni update!

'40 Under 40' honoree took over newly created role ahead of theater's $32 Million project.

Mark Folkes - BA, Drama, 3 Year/Fine & Performing Arts (2006)

Friday, June 8, 2018

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.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Book Publication

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

Friday, December 8, 2017

Alumni - Emily Oriold

The year was 1997. I sat in the Blyth Festival theatre in anticipation of seeing my very first production of a Norm Foster play, The Melville Boys. I was in my last year of high school preparing to attend the University of Waterloo Dramatic Arts program that coming fall.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Dr. Vershawn Young elected Assistant Chair for the Conference on College Composition and Communication

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

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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:

www.speechcommunication.uwaterloo.ca

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

rdanisch@uwaterloo.ca