Resources for students

The Theatre and Performance programme houses many resources that are available to students to sign out for projects or personal use. They include:

Books  |  Costumes  |  Archival DVDs of past productions  |  Film DVDs  |  Music CDs  |  Props & Set  |  Records  |  Rehearsal Space


There is a library of theatre production booked housed in the office of the programme's Production Manager (ML122).  Books can be signed out by students for up to a month at a time.  Topics covered include:

  • Architecture
  • Art
  • General Theatre Production
  • Furniture
  • Historical Periods
  • Lighting
  • Paint
  • Periods of Art
  • Plays & Anthologies
  • Props
  • Publicity
  • Rigging
  • Scenography
  • Set Construction
  • Stage Management
  • Style
  • Theatre History
  • Visual Artists
  • Wardrobe

Books can be signed out through Janelle Rainville, in ML 122.  Search the Inventory of books (pdf) to see what you would like to use.

Props & Set

There is a comprehensive stock of hand props and set pieces available to borrow or rent.  Items used for class projects can be borrowed free of charge.  A $20 deposit is required which will be returned once the item is returned in the same condition it was given out.  For clubs or events, items are rented at a minimal cost depending on the size of the item.

In order to borrow or rent a prop or set piece, please contact Gill Lesperance at least 3 weeks prior to the day you require the item(s).  Please include the required date of the items you would like to borrow.  Please set up a time to view the stock with your a group.  

We reserve the right not to allow pieces to go out if they may be needed for any of our productions, or if they are too valuable, or too fragile.  Real guns, swords, or knives are not available.  Toy weapons are fine.

Students are responsible for designating a space where the props can be stored before and after use in class. You are also responsible for returning the props to their storage location when they are no longer needed.

To get an idea of what we have in stock please check out our props web site or make an appointment to view the stock in person.  

* Please note that the web site is not complete and may show props that are no longer in our inventory.


There is a comprehensive stock of costume pieces (shoes, coats, dresses, shirts, suits, pants and skirts) and accessories available to borrow or rent.  Items used for class projects can be borrowed free of charge.  In general a deposit will only be required for those costume pieces deemed “highly” valuable by the Theatre and Performance programme. 

In order to borrow or rent a costume piece, please contact Sharon Secord via email at least 3 weeks prior to the day you require the item(s).  You will need to meet with Sharon to discuss your project and what you would like to borrow/rent.  Individual students are responsible for their own costume needs for class exercises. Students are also responsible to set a date and time with Sharon for the return of borrowed/rented costumes.  

All items borrowed/rented are at the discretion of the Head of Wardrobe and/or Production Manager of the Theatre and Performance programme.  The Head of Wardrobe reserves the right not to allow pieces to go out if they may be needed for any of our productions, or if they are too fragile to be worn.

When costumes are borrowed/rented from the Wardrobe department a rental sheet is filled out with the replacement value of all garments and a copy is given to the renter/student.  Students are responsible for all borrowed/rented costume pieces from the time they leave the Wardrobe department until they are returned back to the Wardrobe department.  

Rules to remember:

  • No item is to be altered without prior approval from the Head of Wardrobe.
  • Eating, drinking or smoking while wearing costumes is prohibited.

  • If costumes are worn more than once, especially if they are worn next to the skin, arrangements have to be made to have them cleaned. Cleaning arrangements will be discussed with the Head of Wardrobe. If costumes need to be dry cleaned this cost will be paid by the student.

  • All items must be returned by the date specified and in the same or equivalent condition as borrowed/rented.  If costumes are not returned the renter will have to pay the replacement value of the lost garment(s) as set by the Head of Wardrobe.

  • In the case of loss or irreparable damage the renter agrees to pay full replacement costs.

To get an idea of what we have in stock please make an appointment to view the stock in person.  

Rehearsal space

The black box studio space in Hagey Hall (HH180) and the classroom space in Arts Lecture Hall (AL06) are both available for student to book for rehearsals / meeting space.  In order to book the space please following the following 3 steps:

  1. Check the availability of the space online.  HH180 or AL06.
  2. Email Gill Lesperance with the date(s) and time(s) you would like to book HH180.  Email Janelle Rainville with the date(s) and time(s) you would like to book AL06.
  3. Ensure you receive the code for the door to the room so you can access the space on the day of your booking.

Students are welcome to book these spaces 7 days a week between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.  As long as you are not using power tools, working at heights or working with electricity then no supervision is required.

Silversides Collection of vinyl, CDs and DVDs

This collection was assembled by Canadian actor and stage technician Brian Silversides, and was donated to the Theatre and Performance programme in 2000 after his death.  Students may book a time with Gill Lesperance or Janelle Rainville to use media from the collection in the video room (ML125A).  

There is also the option to borrow something from the collection to take home for up to 48 hrs.  In order to do this, you must hand in your WatCard and leave a $20 deposit.  Both will be returned when the item is returned in its original condition.

CD Collection (xls)

DVD collection (xlsx)

VHS Video Collection (docx)

Vinyl Record collection (doc)

Archival DVDs of Past Productions

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