The Undergraduate Drama Program (Specialist, Major, Minor) offers students the opportunity to combine high standards of practical, professional theatre training with a rich and rigorous academic program. It offers courses in dramatic literature, dramaturgy, theatre and performance theory and history, acting, production, design, and directing, and playwriting and puts a strong emphasis on the interrelation between the academic and the practical aspects of theatre studies. Working towards an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree, students are required to take a complementary combination of courses resulting in broad knowledge of the field as a whole. A Drama Major or Minor may be valuably combined with programs in a wide variety of other fields, as offered both by language and literature departments and other departments and programs such as Anthropology, Canadian Studies, Cinema Studies, Classics, Commerce, Art, History, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, and Women’s Studies.
Undergraduate Drama is housed in the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse at University College. Besides providing instruction in theatre studies, the Drama Program has mounted international theatrical events and conferences, and its students have toured Europe and Asia. The Program has also forged links with leading Canadian theatres and has regular contact with world-renowned international theatre artists.
The program’s flexibility allows students to select from a group of courses those in which they are most interested. Class sizes are kept small so students receive individual focus and attention. Acceptance into practical courses (design, performance, playwriting, production) is based on an audition, writing portfolio and/or interview. Students must ballot each year for acceptance into the next level of classes.
More details on applying to Undergraduate Drama Program, including and application forms, can be found under Admissions. Undergraduate Drama courses are taught by a combination of theatre professionals, members of other university departments, and specific Drama Staff Members. Some courses are restricted to students in a Drama Specialist, Major or Minor program; some are open to all students of the University.
Undergraduate Coordinator, Colleen Osborn, also available for consultation. For enquiries or an appointment call the Undergraduate Coordinator at 416-978-8099 or send an e-mail to email@example.com
The Undergraduate Drama Program’s mandate:
• Mounting courses on the historical, theoretical and practical aspects of drama, theatre and performance
• Integrating academic and practical dimensions of study in each course
• Involving undergraduates in the planning and execution of Program activities
• Introducing students to the demands and expectations of a professional theatre career
• Fostering an environment that ensures individual growth as well as shared responsibility for the development of others.