BA Honours in Theatre (Theatre Studies)

Theatre Studies explores the entire breadth of theatre. From playwriting to performance analysis, directing to dramaturgy, Theatre Studies offers you the opportunity to examine theatre's rich history, literature, and performance traditions. The academically oriented program of study will sharpen your critical thinking and strengthen your analysis skills. As a Theatre Studies student, you will polish your communication skills through engaged class discussions, creative research presentations, and imaginative writing projects. Theatre Studies graduates have gone on to teach, direct, and write about theatre. This degree will prepare you for a variety of professional and education degrees, and will also provide you with a strong foundation for graduate degrees in Theatre and Drama.

Year 1
  • PERF 1000.03: Writing About Performance
  • PERF 1002.03: Writing About Stage and Screen
  • 6 additional credit hours in THEA at the 1000-level
  • 3 elective credit hours
Year 2
  • THEA 2011.03: Ancient and Medieval Theatre
  • THEA 2012.03: Early Modern Theatre
  • THEA 2901.03: Dramaturgy: The Art of Developing Plays
  • THEA 2902.03: Play Analysis for Directing
  • 18 elective credit hours
Years 3 and 4
  • THEA 3201.03: Directing for the Stage
  • THEA 3503.03: Modern Theatre
  • Any ONE of the following Theatre History courses: THEA 3911.03 (Gender and Theatre), THEA 4501.03 (Canadian Theatre Since 1968), THEA 4701.03 (Special Topics 1), THEA 4921.03 (Special Topics 2), THEA 4702.03 (Special Topics 3), THEA 4922.03 (Topics in Theatre History), THEA 4923.03 (Topics in Dramatic Literature), THEA 4931.03 (Contemporary Theatre)
  • THEA 3601.03: The Playwright in the Theatre a
  • THEA 3602.03: The Playwright in the Theatre b
  • THEA 4501.03: Canadian Theatre Since 1968: Interrogating Identities
  • 24 credit hours in advanced electives in THEA
  • 6 credit hours in advanced course in dramatic literature from another department (ENGL, CLAS, RUSS, SPAN, FREN, GERM, etc.)
  • 12 elective credit hours

Honours students in Theatre Studies will be awarded the Honours Qualifying Project by fulfilling the function of a dramaturge or assistant director on one of the Fountain School stage productions.


1. Applications for Honours in Theatre are not considered by the Fountain School of Performing Arts until the winter term of the student’s third year. Please enquire at the School for the relevant deadline.

2. For historical reasons, many classes with FILM codes are crosslisted as THEA. However, no such class will count toward any Theatre degree, with the exception of FILM 3915.03/THEA 3915.03 (Stars and Stardom on Stage and Screen), FILM 3314.03/THEA 3314.03 (Shakespeare and his Contemporaries on Film), and FILM 4393.03/THEA 4924.03 (Special Topics in Theatre and Cinema).