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. 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. You'll learn by doing, covering performance to management, design to critical studies, and creation to technology.
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. You can apply your knowledge to co-op placements too.
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.
International exchanges in 25 countries
Available as a major and minor
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First-year courses and beyond
September to December
- THPERF 100 - Introduction to Theatre
- Arts First requirement 1*
- Three additional courses
January to April
- THPERF 102 - Introduction to Performance
- Arts First requirement 2*
- Three additional courses
*The Arts First requirement consists of two first-year courses that are capped at 25 students: ARTS 130 - Inquiry and Communication and ARTS 140 - Information and Analysis. Instead of listening to a lecture and trying to capture notes, Arts First courses will have you and your classmates working together to respond to a challenge posed by the instructor.
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 courses
Customize your degree
You can additional areas of expertise by including one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students.
Co-op = relevant paid work experience
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.
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
- Drayton Entertainment
- Ontario Ministry of Transportation
- WayPoint Marketing Communications
- University of Waterloo
What can you do with a degree in Theatre and Performance?
Waterloo Theatre and Performance graduates often pursue careers in entertainment, teaching, stage management, and directing. They often work in theatres, at festivals, and in schools.
- Stage Manager – Drayton Entertainment
- Production Manager – Original Kids Theatre Company
- Senior Officer, Friends' Corps - National Ballet of Canada
- Production Assistant – Lighthouse Festival Theatre
- Assistant Lighting Director – Stratford Festival
- Manager, Lifestyles & Entertainment – Sherkston Shores Beach Resort & Campground
- Public Relations & Social – The Loyalty
Offered by the Faculty of Arts
Earn a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance
Ready to learn more?
- Visit the Theatre and Performance website
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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.
Read about how Mark landed of a head role in the costume design for one of Waterloo’s production on our Beyond Ideas website.