Program Objectives

The Drama Studies Program, housed in the Department of English Language and Literature provides English majors in the 20-credit B. A. program the opportunity to declare a Concentration, while non-majors may add a Minor in Drama Studies.

Through the combination of academic courses taught by scholars, and drama workshops taught by theatre practitioners, the program aims to enable students to develop the skills of Theatre Criticism and Dramaturgy*.

Students can expect to broaden their knowledge of the following:

  • the fundamentals of theatre practice
  • performance theories and staging techniques, as well as histories of performance
  • script analysis
  • the elements of theatrical design that create meaning in a production
  • professional theatre in the local Ottawa community
  • collaborative processes in theatre-making
  • the art of writing theatre critique
  • methods of engaging critically with live theatre

* A word on the elusive term, “Dramaturgy”: Dramaturgy, broadly defined, is a practice-based discipline in which elements of writing and staging, within the cultural context of a play, are explored by directors and playwrights, often with the assistance of a professional dramaturg, in preparation for public presentation.

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