The Drama programs within the Dan School of Drama and Music emphasizes a balanced approach in which theory informs practice and practice informs theory. We study all aspects of theatre, from acting and directing to theatre history and dramatic literature, and we offer a variety of opportunities to become involved with our productions, which have been described as “intriguing work that meets a high level of accomplishment”. Some of our popular offerings include Music Theatre, Acting, Technical Production and our summer courses in residence at the Shaw Festival. We also offer an internship course in which students work with a professional theatre company. Our graduates are broadly resourceful thinkers and practitioners able to work comfortably and confidently in a wide range of professions. Studying Drama at Queen’s can take place in three main locations – Theological Hall, one of Queen’s oldest buildings and often referred to as the most dramatic building on campus; our Castle in England or at the new, world-class Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.
Specialization in Stage and Screen
A specialization that incorporates an even count of courses between Film and Media and Drama, along with a introduction to either Art or Music with room for elective courses.
Specialization in Computing and the Creative Arts (COCA)
This specialization consists of the majority of the courses in Computing and a SubPlan such as Art, Drama, Music or Film and Media with room for elective courses.
Major in Drama
A major is an intensive course of study in one discipline, with approximately half of your courses within the discipline with room for an optional minor in any other Arts and Science discipline.
Medial in Drama
A dual course of study in Drama and any other Arts discipline.
Minor in Drama
A minor is a less intensive course of study in the discipline that must be combined with a major in another discipline.
A small, program designed to provide aspiring musical theatre professionals with both academic study and practical training in three cores disciplines of acting, singing, and dance. This unique “triple threat” program will allow students to hone their skills by performing in front of audiences, in studio, main stage productions and in unique productions where students learn to create and produce original theatrical pieces. Students will also receive mentoring from faculty and guest industry professionals to become competent and job-ready for a competitive and rapidly changing industry. Students complete the first two years of the program through St. Lawrence College, Brockville and their final two years at Queen’s University.
The Dan School of Drama and Music at Queen's is unique in aiming to provide a balanced study of the elements of the theatre from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Students and faculty value the many ways in which learning can take place: lectures, seminars, and studio courses involving the development, rehearsal and presentation of practical projects, as well as independent study and presentations; theatre labs; talks and presentations by guest artists and scholars; attendance at shows; and participation in main stage and studio productions for the public. Combined groupings of courses are available in the literature of drama, directing, acting, technical production and stage design, play-writing, theatre history, and dramatic theory and criticism. Auditions are not required for entrance to the program.
Some of our Drama grads career paths include:
Amy Ciupak Lalonde, (1998) is a professional actress best known for her supporting role in the comedy Sophie, an oil baron’s daughter in the drama Wild Roses, and has had several guest spots on shows such as Battlestar Galactica, Love Bites, Kevin Hill, Mutant X and Queer as Folk. Before becoming an actress, she taught film and drama at Notre Dame College School in Welland, Ontario as well as teaching in New Zealand. “I loved the well-rounded degree experience I received at Queen’s: playwriting classes, theatre literature classes, directing classes, technical theatre classes, and, most importantly, my acting classes, all of which provided me with a strong base and an understanding of theatre and drama. I still draw upon lessons taught to me by my professors, and I really think they’ve benefited me as a teacher and as a professional actress.”
Students apply to Queen’s Arts (QA) through the OUAC (Ontario Universities Application Centre) website (ouac.on.ca). Secondary School prerequisites include six 4U and 4M courses, including a minimum of three 4U courses, one of which must be ENG4U. Applicants outside of Ontario may have additional requirements.
There is a vast array of courses for those interested in all of selected areas of theatre such as Theatre for Young Audiences, Acting for Stage and Screen, Scene Study at the Shaw Festival and all things behind the stage such as Theatre Design, Playwriting and Dramaturgy, Directing and Music Theatre Practicum.