Theatre and Performance

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.

A-list mentors

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.

Student-led productions

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.


Mark - Theatre and Performance

Mark’s had a passion for design ever since he was introduced to it in high school fashion classes. At the University of Waterloo he discovered the full extent of what was available to him within these interests, while applying his passions to his education.

About the program

briefcase Available as a co-op and regular program

Graduation cap Earn a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance

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First-year courses

September to December

THPERF 100 - Introduction to Theatre
Arts First requirement 1*
3 additional courses

January to April

THPERF 102 - Introduction to Performance
Arts First requirement 2*
3 additional courses
*The Arts First requirement consists of 2 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

THPERF 321 – Approaches to Acting with Text
THPERF 326 – Performing the Voice
THPERF 440 – Performative Inquiry and Practice


Customize your Bachelor of Arts degree

You can 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

Recent graduates

  • 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.

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