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Theatre Studies Major

Theatre Studies

Admission Requirements

Express Yourself Through Story and Performance

 Perform in State-of-the-Art Facilities

Opening in Fall 2022, our newly renovated Arts Research Centre (ARC) will be a university and community hub for theatre, performance, and music. You will have access to our 140-seat blackbox theatre, improv labs, costume shop, scene shop, workshop spaces, and small teaching spaces for rehearsal and devising, where you will learn and perform.

 Learn from Leading Performers and Artists

You’ll learn from theatre experts about the arts of writing, devising, and performing, as well as technical aspects of production. You’ll work with specialists in theatrical storytelling and improvisational theatre, exploring physical movement and vocal performance, and discover the intersections of voice, text, breath, and movement in acting. You’ll learn to interpret scripts, devise sets, and stage production.

 Join an Inclusive Community

We believe that performance, theatre, and digital storytelling all have the power to make a difference. You will be a valued member of an inclusive community where we work together to create stories that have meaning in the world. Our students have used their own experiences of hardship, taken a stand on social justice movements, and connected their audiences to unique gender identities. 

What Is Theatre Studies?

The definition of ‘theatre’ has changed in many ways throughout history but, at its core, theatre is storytelling performed live on stage, sharing the same space and air as an audience, exploring our experiences through plays and other forms of theatrical production. Technology is part of everyday lives and allows us to access and explore new forms of visual and digital storytelling that live in real-time; from Tik Tok to audiobooks, film, YouTube, video games, virtual reality (VR), Netflix, and more. Theatre Studies focuses on all forms of live and digital performance.

In this program, you’ll become a well-rounded theatre artist by learning about all the major elements of performance including, acting, screenwriting, directing, digital media, production (set construction, lighting, sound, projection), design (games, VR, costumes, makeup) and creation (known as devising) where you’ll create your own work from scratch. In every class, you’ll have the opportunity to do a performance in some way to build upon your skills as you move through the program.

As a graduate of this program, you will have strong skills in team building, collaboration, project management, problem-solving, creative thinking, writing, communication, and social awareness that you can apply successfully in careers like acting, game design, education, digital marketing, theatre production, videography, film directing, content creation, stage management, costume design, and more.

Students in the Theatre Studies (THST) major at the University of Guelph might also be interested in studying English; Psychology; Bachelor of Arts & Sciences or other majors.

What You Will Learn

  • Introduction to Performance
  • Theatre Research I
  • Theatre Workshop I
  • Languages of Media

  • Writing for Performance
  • Devising
  • Theatre Workshop II

  • Performance and the Past
  • Shakespeare: Text & Performance
  • Voice and Text in Performance

  • Research Seminar I
  • Ensemble Project


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