Performance Creation & Research

The Performance Creation & Research area in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD) offers students the opportunity to explore a wide range of interests in dramatic theory and criticism, theatre history, contemporary world theatre, playwriting, and Devised Theatre.

It is expected that students in Performance Creation & Research, including those in the two-and-a half-year sequence of Theatre Survey courses, will acquire, and be able to demonstrate:

  1. Sound knowledge of Theatre History, the forms and practices and social contexts of theatre through the ages and in different cultures, including knowledge of influential critical formulations, manifestos, and theoretical pronouncements;
  2. Understanding of the ways in which Theatre has mattered and had meaning in different societies and eras, and of the ways in which it can matter and have meaning here and now;
  3. Familiar working knowledge of, and ability to analyse, a substantial number of plays from the conventional canon and beyond, including plays from outside the western tradition, together with the ability to write about drama-in-performance critically and appreciatively;
  4. Vivid imaginative realization of the potential in dramatic scripts for the production of new meanings in contemporary performance;
  5. Ability to apply knowledge and research capacity to the task of serving as dramaturg on productions of plays from earlier epochs;
  6. Active and detailed knowledge of the history and present state of Theatre and Drama in Canada.

Students thus prepared should be well qualified to pursue graduate studies, education, and/or to contribute to the creation, study, criticism and development of Theatre in Canada and elsewhere.

Second Year

Required courses:

  • THEA 2210 3.0 Theatre and Social Justice
  • THEA 2200 6.0 History of Theatre and Performance

Some optional courses:

  • THEA 2022A 3.0 Scene Study
  • THEA 2060 3.0 Voice and Speech I
  • THEA 2061 3.0 Voice and Speech II
  • THEA 2064 3.0 Acting Shakespeare
  • THEA 2410 6.0 History of Visual Sources
  • THEA 2600 6.0 Putting on the Play (offered in the summer)

Third Year

Required courses:

  • THEA 3200 3.0 Canadian Theatre and Performance
  • THEA 3150 3.0 Theatre Management or THEA 4150 3.0 Theatre Career Management
  • Three additional credits at the 3000 or 4000 level from the following list:
    • THEA 3135 3.0 Technology in Arts Management
    • THEA 3211 3.0 Writing about the Theatre
    • THEA 3235 3.0 The Body in Performance
    • THEA 3240 3.0 First Nations Theatre
    • THEA 3260E 3.0 Highbrow/Lowbrow: Cultural Hierarchies and Popular Performance
    • THEA 3260H 3.0 Black Theatre and Performance
    • THEA 3290 6.0 Playwriting and New Play Dramaturgy I
    • THEA 3300 3.0 Shakespeare in Performance
    • THEA 3331 3.0 The Theatricality of Power
    • THEA 3450 3.0 Theatre for Young Audiences
    • THEA 3450 6.0 Theatre for Young Audiences
    • THEA 4111 3.0 Sustainable Staging Techniques
    • THEA 4200 3.0 Perspectives on Contemporary Theatre
    • THEA 4225 3.0 Museum Theatre
    • THEA 4270B 3.0 Performing Gender
    • THEA 4270L 3.0 Shakespeare: The Authorship Question
    • THEA 4290 6.0 Playwriting and New Play Dramaturgy II
    • THEA 4330 3.0 Contemporary Canadian Theatre
    • THEA 4331 3.0 Performance, Politics and Human Rights
    • THEA 4333 3.0 African Theatre
    • THEA 4334 3.0 Theatre of the Holocaust
    • THEA 4334 6.0 Theatre of the Holocaust
    • THEA 4335 3.0 Performance, Violence and Terrorism
    • THEA 4360 3.0 The Musical Theatre
    • THEA 4440 3.0 Drama and Education
    • THEA 4440 6.0 Drama and Education

Performance Creation & Research courses in areas of specific interest are the focus of third and fourth years. It is expected that some students will also have begun to pursue interdisciplinary interests, combining Theatre with such other fields as Education, Psychology, Anthropology, English or Religious Studies.  Students in second year may be able, with permission, to take 3000-level courses.

Third year is an important transition year for Performance Creation & Research students.  Those looking to pursue a graduate degree (MA/PhD) in Theatre & Performance Studies or prepare for a professional career as a playwright, dramaturg,  playmaker, theatre critic, activist, arts administrator, drama therapist or theatre educator are strongly encouraged (and in some cases, required) to take specialized seminar courses in their areas of interest.

Course offerings will vary from year to year, often on a rotation basis.  However, many of these courses have a strong emphasis on Canadian content, one of the key strengths of faculty teaching in the Performance Creation & Research area.

Recommended courses:

  • THEA 3135 3.0 Technology in Arts Management
  • THEA 3211 3.0 Writing About the Theatre
  • THEA 3225 3.0 Screen Performance
  • THEA 3235 3.0 The Body in Performance
  • THEA 3240 3.0 First Nations Theatre
  • THEA 3260E 3.0 Highbrow/Lowbrow: Cultural Hierarchies and Popular Performance
  • THEA 3290 6.0 Playwriting and New Play Dramaturgy I
  • THEA 3300 3.0 Shakespeare in Performance
  • THEA 3331 3.0 The Theatricality of Power
  • THEA 3450 3.0 Theatre for Young Audiences
  • THEA 3450 6.0 Theatre for Young Audiences

REMINDER:  All Theatre majors must complete either THEA 3150 3.0 Theatre Management or THEA 4150 3.0 Theatre Career Management in order to graduate as well as at least 3.0 additional credits at the 3000 or 4000 level (see above for full list of courses that meet this requirement).

In addition, students may take courses from the 4000-level offerings with the appropriate pre-requisites.

Please note that not all of these courses are offered every year.  For more information on actual course offerings, please consult with the online course timetables.

Fourth Year

The fourth year is an exciting culminating year for Performance Creation & Research students.  By the end of the fourth year, students have a firm grasp on a wide range of skills that will prepare them to enter the professional theatre world or graduate studies.  Those looking to pursue a graduate degree (MA/PhD) in Theatre & Performance Studies or prepare for a professional career as a playwright, dramaturg, theatre maker, theatre critic, activist, arts administrator, drama therapist or theatre educator are strongly encouraged to take seminar courses in their area of specialization.

If you didn’t complete the following degree requirements in your third year, please be sure to complete them this year:

  • THEA 3200 3.0 Canadian Theatre and Performance
  • THEA 3150 3.0 Theatre Management or THEA 4150 3.0 Theatre Career Management
  • Three additional credits at the 3000 or 4000 level from the following list:
    • THEA 3135 3.0 Technology in Arts Management
    • THEA 3211 3.0 Writing about the Theatre
    • THEA 3235 3.0 The Body in Performance
    • THEA 3240 3.0 First Nations Theatre
    • THEA 3260E 3.0 Highbrow/Lowbrow: Cultural Hierarchies and Popular Performance
    • THEA 3260H 3.0 Black Theatre and Performance
    • THEA 3290 6.0 Playwriting and New Play Dramaturgy I
    • THEA 3300 3.0 Shakespeare in Performance
    • THEA 3331 3.0 The Theatricality of Power
    • THEA 3450 3.0 Theatre for Young Audiences
    • THEA 3450 6.0 Theatre for Young Audiences
    • THEA 4111 3.0 Sustainable Staging Techniques
    • THEA 4200 3.0 Perspectives on Contemporary Theatre
    • THEA 4225 3.0 Museum Theatre
    • THEA 4270B 3.0 Performing Gender
    • THEA 4270L 3.0 Shakespeare: The Authorship Question
    • THEA 4290 6.0 Playwriting and New Play Dramaturgy II
    • THEA 4330 3.0 Contemporary Canadian Theatre
    • THEA 4331 3.0 Performance, Politics and Human Rights
    • THEA 4333 3.0 African Theatre
    • THEA 4334 3.0 Theatre of the Holocaust
    • THEA 4334 6.0 Theatre of the Holocaust
    • THEA 4335 3.0 Performance, Violence and Terrorism
    • THEA 4360 3.0 The Musical Theatre
    • THEA 4440 3.0 Drama and Education
    • THEA 4440 6.0 Drama and Education

Recommended courses:

  • THEA 4111 3.0 Sustainable Staging Techniques
  • THEA 4200 3.0 Perspectives on Contemporary Theatre
  • THEA 4225 3.0 Museum Theatre
  • THEA 4270B 3.0 Performing Gender
  • THEA 4290 6.0 Playwriting and New Play Dramaturgy II
  • THEA 4330 3.0 Contemporary Canadian Theatre
  • THEA 4331 3.0 Performance, Politics, and Human Rights
  • THEA 4334 3.0 Theatre of the Holocaust
  • THEA 4334 6.0 Theatre of the Holocaust
  • THEA 4335 3.0 Performance, Violence, and Terrorism
  • THEA 4360 3.0 The Musical Theatre
  • THEA 4440 3.0 Drama and Education
  • THEA 4440 6.0 Drama and Education

REMINDER:  All Theatre majors must complete either THEA 3150 3.0 Theatre Management or THEA 4150 3.0 Theatre Career Management in order to graduate as well as at least 3.0 additional credits at the 3000 or 4000 level (see above for full list of courses that meet this requirement).

Please note that not all of these courses are offered every year.  For more information on actual course offerings, please consult with the online course timetables.