Department Head: C.Walker
Undergraduate Chair: J.Stephenson
The primary focus of Drama at Queen's is to introduce students to the field of study covering a range of topics from audiences to directing, stage design to theatre history. Consistent with the overall liberal arts perspective of the program, we encourage critical thinking about the communicative role of theatre in society and analysis of what makes good theatre. Students also have the opportunity for practical work in lab groups which produce short collaborative presentations in the fall and winter terms. (No audition required)
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Learning takes place in an informal, congenial atmosphere. All courses involve some form of research, development, and presentation of written and practical projects, as well as independent study. Presentations and workshops by guest artists and scholars, as well as student participation in main stage and studio productions for the public are also an important part of our program. Students from all years may audition for roles on-stage, or volunteer to work backstage in a wide variety of technical and design areas. Drama is closely linked to the other creative arts departments, especially Film, through the Stage and Screen Studies degree program. Students in this program take an equal number of courses in drama and film, plus electives in art and/or music.
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.
General in Drama
A less intense course of study leading to a 3-year degree.
To pursue a Plan in DRAMA, during your first year you should take: DRAM 100/6.0 (main Queen’s campus) or DRAM 181/6.0 (if studying at the Bader International Study Centre) (see first year Drama)
The Department of Drama 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 schol- ars; 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:
DRAM 100/6.0 Introduction to the Theatre
This first year course that introduces you to the study of Drama. This course is a good elective for any Arts student.
DRAM 205/3.0 Theatre in the Age of Film and Television
An examination of how some of the major trends in theatre since the 19th century have been affected or represented by mass media including film, television, radio and other electronic media. The course will study examples of influential dramatic work on film as well as other dramaturgical responses to social, cultural, and political issues presented through the mass media.,
DRAM 236/3.0 Public Presentation
An introduction to the principles and skills of preparing and delivering effective oral presentations. Using acting techniques and the principles of theatre, students will explore confidence building, vocal and physical dynamics as well as creative expression.
IDIS 210/3.0 Arts in Society
A broad-ranging introduction to the role arts play in human society with a focus on contemporary production and research. Through a series of guest speakers, students will engage with the arts’ living practices embedded in social interaction addressing topics as wide-ranging as aesthetics, politics, race, representation, critical theory, and identities.
The Drama Department Student Council (DSC) is one of the most active DSC’s on campus. Elected annually by the student body, it is the function of the DSC to voice the opinions, needs and concerns of the students in the department, while helping to cultivate the community that Drama is so proud of and also known for!
Learn more about the Drama Department Student Council