If you have questions about the Theatre and Performance program or DRAMA courses, please email Ceylan Turkeri. If you wish to meet with the Theatre and Performance undergraduate advisor, please contact Dr. Jennifer Roberts-Smith.
Declaring a major or minor in Drama
In order to join the Theatre and Performance program, you must:
- complete a plan modification form and submit it to the Theatre and Performance undergraduate advisor
- have completed at least one Drama course; and
- have a major average that meets the minimum for your intended program (75% for honours or joint honours; 70% for four year general; 65% for all other programs).
DRAMA 100 and 102 are required for all Drama plans, so it is ideal to take both in your first year.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get into performance courses?
DRAMA 102: Introduction to Performance is required for all Drama majors and minors. You do not need to audition for this course but DRAMA 101A is a co-requisite.
Admission to production courses, section 001, which focus exclusively on acting skills, is either by audition or by permission of the instructor.
Auditions for department productions are normally held in the first week of the term in which the production is scheduled. Audition requirements are posted on our Audition page and on the call board outside the Theatre of the Arts (ML 135) a few weeks before the beginning of the term.
Please pre-enrol in production participation courses during course selection as usual. Quest will bounce you out of the course during the formal enrolment period. If your audition is successful, our department administrator will give you a permission number that allows you to enrol on Quest.
It is always best to have a back up plan in case your audition is not successful.
Many other Drama courses involve performance research and offer opportunities to perform for an audience. There are no special admission requirements for these courses.
Can I get performance experience without taking acting courses?
Many Drama courses involve performance research and offer opportunities to perform. There are no special admission requirements for these courses.
In addition to courses, student projects frequently need volunteer performers. Check the call board outside the Theatre of the Arts (ML 135) regularly for opportunities to perform in DRAMA 361 directing projects, DRAMA 499 thesis projects, Upstart Festival projects, and extra-curricular student productions.
I am not a Drama major or minor. Can I still take Drama courses?
Most Drama courses are open to students from other programs. For the admission requirements of individual courses, please consult the list of Drama Courses.
I am not a Drama major or minor. Can I still participate in Drama productions?
Drama 206: Production Participation, Section 001 is open to all uWaterloo students. Admission is by audition or permission of the instructor. Auditions are normally held in the first week of the term in which a course is offered. Audition requirements are posted on our Audition Page and on the call board outside the Theatre of the Arts (ML 135) a few weeks before the beginning of the term.
How do I change my existing major to Drama?
You need to fill out a plan modification/application for internal transfer form. Be sure to follow the four instructions in the top right corner of the form, and to fill out the form completely. Incomplete forms take longer to process. You can submit the form to Ceylan Turkeri in ML 119A.
You should ideally take DRAMA 100 and 102 (or at least 2 DRAMA courses) before applying for the major, and ensure that your major average meets the minimum for your intended program (75% for honours or joint honours, 70% for 4-year general, or 65% for all other programs).
How do I add a Drama minor?
You need to fill out a plan modification/application for internal transfer form. Be sure to follow the four instructions in the top right corner of the form, and to fill out the form completely. Incomplete forms take longer to process. You can submit the form to Ceylan Turkeri ML 119A.
Can I specialize in performance, technical theatre, design, or dramaturgy?
The Drama program allows you a great deal of flexibility to choose courses in your areas of interest. If you know that you are interested in one particular area, it's a good idea to check the prerequisites for advanced courses in your area so that you can take those courses when they are offered.
I want to go abroad on an exchange. How will this affect my progress in Drama?
Many Drama students successfully complete exchange programs. Since some Drama courses are only offered in alternate years, consult with the Drama undergraduate advisor to be sure that you will be able to fulfil your degree requirements.
Can I combine Drama with Co-op?
The Drama program does not have a Co-op option. However, Drama students can enrol in co-op as Honours Drama Arts and Business (Co-op) students.
What can I do with my Drama degree?
Drama students have gone on to work as theatre artists, to study in graduate programs, and to launch careers in sectors as wide-ranging as the commercial technology industry, the not-for-profit cultural sector, and the education system.
You will leave the program with an impressive set of interdisciplinary skills, including creativity, and the ability to think critically, conduct research, work independently, collaborate productively, and deliver concrete outcomes on tight budgets and deadlines.
To help you think about how you would like to apply your skills, the department hosts workshops on topics related to professional development. Watch our Events listings for details.