All the world’s a stage. Find your place on it.
Learn to wow your audience as you explore theatre and performance in one of Canada’s most creative drama programs.
In the classroom, courses in performance, production, design, direction, and management will give you the technical tools to excel at your craft. Meanwhile, complementary courses in politics, race, gender, theory, technology, and aesthetics will help you decide what messages matter.
By the time you graduate, you’ll have a rich portfolio to take into the world of theatre, plus a range of creative, analytical, and management skills that will serve you well in any number of roles, on stage or off.
At Waterloo, you’ll work with award-winning professors and visiting artists to develop new plays, discover fresh approaches to the classics, and examine the performance of everyday life.
Each term, students play an active role in productions in our newly renovated 400-seat theatre — from set design and costume creation to lighting, sound, producing, directing, and acting.
About the program
Earn a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance
International exchanges in 25 countries
Offered by the Faculty of Arts
Available as a major and minor
- Apply to Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business and choose Theatre and Performance as your major at the end of first year.
September to December
THPERF 100 - Introduction to Theatre
Arts First requirement 1*
3 additional courses
January to April
Arts First requirement 2*
3 additional courses
After first year
40% of the classes you’ll take will be Theatre and Performance courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas.
Sample upper-year Theatre and Performance courses
Customize your Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance degree
You can also add additional areas of interest and expertise by including a minor (or minors) as part of your degree.
Learn by doing
Go beyond art history books and collaborate with professors, visiting artists, and other students to make high quality work that contributes to a just society.
In small classes, you'll learn by doing, covering performance to management, design to critical studies, and creation to technology.
Gain relevant work experience through co-op
By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve. Co-op is available if you study Theatre and Performance through Honours Arts and Business.
Sample co-op job titles
- Online video developer
- Artist services coordinator
- Communications and marketing assistant
- Advancement communications assistant
- Teaching assistant
- Wardrobe apprentice
Sample co-op employers
- The National Ballet of Canada
- Stratford Summer Music
- Ontario Ministry of Transportation
- WayPoint Marketing Communications
- University of Waterloo
- Drayton Entertainment
- Teacher, Halton District School Board
- Technical Director, Port Stanley Festival Theatre
- Assistant Stage Manager, Chemainus Theatre Festival
- Teacher, Special Education, Drama, Streetsville Secondary School
- Teacher, Regina Mundi College
- Manager of Annual Giving, Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas
- Production Manager, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
- Book Fairs Consultant, Scholastic Canada Ltd.