Theatre and Performance

student practicing stage sword fight

Student rehearsing sword combat for Henry the Sixth, Part One, 2015.

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. By learning to  implement creative ideas in real-life situations and to analyze their impact in our rapidly-changing world, students thrive creatively as they develop new knowledge and skills for life and work beyond university.

The Theatre and Performance program produces an annual series of performances developed by faculty, students, and visiting artists. Students participate in productions for course credit, as well as selecting from a range of courses on performance, performance studies, theatre and new media, technical theatre, dramaturgy, design, and theatre history. We explore theatre and performance in a wide range of contexts.

Across our whole curriculum, the Theatre and Performance program focuses particularly on four areas of interest:

  • embodiment - what it means for human bodies to be present together at the same time in the same space;
  • representation - how we describe and mediate our lived experiences and what they mean to us;
  • critical reflection - the ways we analyze and feel ambiguity, contradiction, form, and meaning; and
  • agency - our capacity as individuals and in communities to make meaning in our particular, real-life circumstances.

Each of these areas helps us to understand the ethical consequences of our work in communities, and to consider ways in which theatre and performance can contribute to beauty and justice.

The Theatre and Performance program offers five degree plans and a minor plan. Most of our courses are also open to interested students from other departments.

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