Drama Studies deals with the many dimensions of theatre. You’ll explore wonderful and varied works of dramatic literature, learn about the art of performance, and get hands-on experience creating theatre on- and off-stage through acting, directing, producing, stage-managing, or writing.
Why study Drama Studies at Glendon?
- Study with professors who are experts in the field. Guillaume Bernardi is an internationally-renowned director who works in four languages. Instructor Duncan Appleton is Technical Coordinator of Theatre Glendon and teaches Smoke and Mirrors: An Introduction to Technical Theatre.
- Our professors also help you to take advantage of the city’s theatrical scene by incorporating Toronto performances into classroom assignments.
- The home base for our students is Theatre Glendon — a great facility boasting excellent lighting, sound, and multimedia technologies. Each year, the theatre mounts a full season of student productions in English and French, and you have the opportunity to get involved in any aspect, from set construction to stage-management to costumes and props.
- Our program focuses on drama as both a study of literature and as performance. Your studies in drama will be integrated with the study of language, literature, critical theory, performance media, and genres (such as film, television, opera, and more), as well as courses in other academic areas to give you a degree with breadth.
Careers and Alumni
Drama Studies can lead to a career in various aspects of theatre. Our graduates include Marina de Beer, stage manager at the Shaw Festival, Janelle Rainville, production manager at Théâtre français de Toronto, and Tara Beaver, a performer with Famous People Players, a professional theatre company in downtown Toronto.
Drama Studies is also excellent preparation for a career in teaching, public speaking, and many other fields.
Professor Gabriel Levine is the Program Coordinator and Sessional Assistant Professor of Drama Studies department. He teaches several courses in both theory and practice.
Instructor Duncan Appleton is a specialist in theatre production and teaches a course focusing on the technical components of theatre productions.
Alexander Lukac has directed over 80 professional productions in Canada and abroad.
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Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) Codes
iBA Bilingual: YGG
iBA Trilingual: YGH (Upper-year entry)
Drama Studies is available as a bilingual or trilingual international Bachelor of Arts.
The home base for our students is Theatre Glendon — a great facility boasting excellent lighting, sound, and multimedia technologies
Each year the theatre puts on several performances in English, French, or both, all of which are produced by Glendon students.
Get involved in the theatre at Glendon as a writer, producer, actor, designer, stage manager, publicist, or simply a spectator!
Delphine chose Glendon to pursue Drama Studies in order to become a professor and researcher of the arts in both French and English. Her passion rests with movement based performance and theatre history.
Read more about her love of the program ››
For Rebecca, Glendon was the perfect place to study her passions for drama and education in a bilingual setting. Her multidisiplinary studies allow her to view performance through a critical lens by offering hands-on opportunities both on and off-stage.
Follow Rebecca’s student journey both in the classroom and in the theater ››
The curriculum in Drama Studies offers a balanced approach to the discipline that blends history, theory, and practice. It teaches critical thinking in the arts, effective research and communication skills, as well as project management techniques and strategies to work collaboratively.
1000-level courses in Drama Studies: 1000-level courses are open to majors and non-majors, and prepare students to pursue further studies in the program. GL/DRST 1000 6.00 Here and Now: Understanding Live Theatre provides an overview of theatre history, dramatic theories, and methods of performance analysis. It is a degree requirement. The program recommends that students take this course in their first year of study. Practical 1000-level courses include GL/DRST 3.00 1210 Performance I, GL/DRST 1215 3.00 Performance II/Art de la scène II, and GL/DRST 1200 6.00 Smoke and Mirrors. The program recommends that students take all 1000-level courses during their first and second years of study.
2000, 3000, and 4000-level courses: Drama Studies courses follow a sequence that is organized to guide students through increasing levels of complexity and specialization. This sequence is indicated by the numeral prefixes of each course. The program strongly recommends that students take courses in the specified numerical sequence, recognizing that 2000-level courses precede 3000-level courses.
Performance Events in Drama Classes:
Many university courses in drama include student participation in live public performances as part of the regular coursework. Unlike other university assignments, this kind of work and the extensive rehearsal necessary to accomplish it are impossible to make up, submit late, or defer. By remaining in Drama Studies courses with practical components, students signal that they understand that attending all rehearsals and
performances is a course requirement. They understand in particular that attendance to all class meetings, technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals, crew calls, and performances is a non-negotiable and non-transferable part of the coursework and a key component of their academic evaluation.
Students are advised to take ONLY ONE PRODUCTION COURSE PER YEAR. More specifically, students should NOT take more than one of the following courses in any given year for each course has a rigorous and time-consuming production component: GL/DRST 2617 6.00 Performing Texts: An Introduction; GL/DRST 2615 6.00 Molière: homme de théâtre; GL/DRST 2645 6.00 Par delà le réalisme; GL/DRST 3640 6.00 L’art dramatique: texte et production; GL/DRST 3955 6.00 Approaches to Theatre.
Cross-listed Courses: Many Drama Studies courses are “cross-listed” either as courses in the program of another department (i.e. French, English or Hispanic Studies) or as courses in the multidisciplinary program in General Education. A student may take such a course either as a course in Drama Studies or as a course in the other subject.
Independent Study Courses: Students interested in developing a course as an independent study may do so in their final, graduating year upon approval by the Program Coordinator. The rubrics for these courses are as follow: DRST 3100 3.00/6.00 (EN/FR) and DRST 4100 3.00/6.00 (EN/FR). Students interested in developing such courses must find a course director and submit a course proposal that includes, but is not
limited to, a detailed plan of study, a preliminary bibliography, and a breakdown of assignments. Plans of study must be developed in collaboration with the course director.
The Drama Studies Program offers courses in French, in English, in Spanish, as well as bilingual courses. In all courses, written assignments and examinations may be submitted in either official language.
The Drama Studies program offers the following degree types:
- Specialized Honours BA/ibBA
- Honours BA/iBA
- Honours Double Major BA/iBA
- Honours Major/Minor BA/iBA
- Honours Minor BA
- Bachelor of Arts
Students must follow the undergraduate calendar requirements for the year they entered or switched into their program.
Access detailed program requirements below:
Drama Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2020-2021
Drama Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2019-2020
Drama Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2018-2019
Drama Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2017-2018
Drama Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2016-2017
Drama Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2015-2016
Drama Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2014-2015
Drama Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2013-2014
Drama Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2012-2013
Drama Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2011-2012
Drama Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements 2010-2011
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