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Future Student Information

Program Summary

Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph is dedicated to the integrated study of both academic and practical applications of drama and theatre.  Our curriculum is based on the philosophy that the study of theatre at the university level engages various disciplinary practices, both practical and academic, and therefore we attempt to provide both practical theatre experience and classroom study.  We offer a wide range of courses in dramatic literature, theatre history, criticism, and theory, together with directing, acting, dramaturgy, design, technical theatre, playwriting, and screenwriting, as well as media studies.  The program has a special interest in the drama and theatre of Canada, and course offerings reflect this concentration where appropriate.

About the Program

Become a well-rounded theatre creator– Examine performance from various perspectives within a series of variable topic courses. Many of these courses have performances and allow you to explore acting, directing, design, and technical theatre.

Drama Student Federation – Join our community of theatre and participate in events such as the One Act Festivals, Movie Nights, Theatre Workshops, and much more! Drama Student Federation.

Renowned faculty – Our faculty includes award-winning scholars and theatre practitioners, and our proximity to the lively theatre scene enables us to bring celebrated practitioners and scholars to campus as guest lectures and to incorporate into theatre productions.

Form a Theatre Company -  As a Theatre Major, form your own theatre company in THST*4280 Ensemble Project. You will explore the organizational structure, fundraising, publicity exercises, casting, designing, dramaturging, directing, and mounting a production.

New performance spaces – With the anticipated completion of November 2020, you will have an updated black-box theatre, a new costume shop, and more. Mackinnon renovation updates.

Flexibility – As the Theatre program is housed within the Bachelor of Arts, you have the flexibility to Major  (8.50 credits), Minor (5.00 credits), or select an Area of Concentration (5.00 credits – General Program). Undergraduate Calendar.

First Year


  • THST*1040 Introduction to Performance - an integrated approach to the disciplines and subject areas that constitute Theatre Studies at the university level, including the work of playwrights, directors, designers, actors and technicians in creating productions, and the scholarly study of theatrical history, theory, and dramatic literature. You will attend several performances as part of this course! In the past students have visited performances in Toronto, Stratford, London and Niagara-on-the-Lake.
  • Generally, students will study 4 additional courses. To assist with your BA degree requirements, we recommend you complete two courses from the humanities and two courses from the social sciences.


  • THST*1190 Theatre Workshop I - provides a fundamental introduction to the processes of theatrical production, with practical application and study of the analytic, creative, and technical skills that bring an idea to life on the stage. Students will learn how to analyze a play script from the perspective of the director, actor, designer, and technician and will also be introduced to the fundamentals of theatre technology, scene study and production decision-making.
  • THST*1270 Theatre Research I - introduces you to scholarly research and writing in the discipline of Theatre Studies through variable-topic theoretical inquiry and secondary research. Emphasis will be placed the application of theory to analysis, the use of evidence, the development of a research question, and the practice of scholarly writing.
  • Three additional courses – which may be towards your distribution requirements, and/or utilized towards another specialization (minor, double major or area of concentration.

Major/Minor Requirements

Visit Us!

We welcome you to campus and would be happy to meet with you. We recommend you consider participating in events or tours offered by Admission Services. If you are interested in setting an appointment with a Theatre Studies faculty member, please e-mail englthea@uoguelph.ca.