Drama

The Dan School of Drama and Music emphasizes a balanced approach in which theory informs practice and practice informs theory. In Drama you can study all aspects of theatre, from acting and directing to theatre history and dramatic literature, and there are many different 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 summer courses in Medieval Theatre at Herstmonceux Castle in England. We also offer an internship opportunities 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.

Top 4 Reasons to study Drama:

  1. Study all aspects of theatre from history to playwriting, literature to technical production, acting to administration.
  2. We emphasize a balanced approach in which theory informs practice, and practice informs theory.
  3. We offer internship opportunities in which students work with a professional theatre company.
  4. We have 3 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.

“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.”
                                                                                                                        -Amy Ciupak Lalonde, BAH ‘98

Location: 
Theological Hall
Room number: 
Basement
Telephone: 
Director: 
Craig Walker
Department Manager: 
Julia Stroud
Departmental Assistant: 
Sheri Wilson
Undergraduate Chair: 
Jenn Stephenson
Undergraduate Assistant: 
Lee Atkinson
Auditions Coordinator: 
Kim Gudlauski
Graduate Chair: 
Tim Fort
Graduate Assistant: 
Amy Bello

Admission and Threshold to study Drama

Students apply to Queen’s Arts (QA) through the OUAC (Ontario Universities' Application Centre) website (ouac.on.ca). Prerequisites include six 4U and 4M courses, including a minimum of three 4U courses, one of which must be English 4U. Applicants outside of Ontario may have additional requirements.

OUAC Codes:

  • QA (Kingston Campus)
  • QB (Concurrent Education, Kingston Campus)
  • QIA (The Castle)
  • QIB (Concurrent Education, The Castle)

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After first year, in May, students will declare their area of study (major, minor, specialization, e.g.). The thresholds are competitive year to year and do change. The current 2018-19 thresholds for Drama are: AUTOMATIC ACCEPTANCE min grade of B- in DRAM 1## or BISC 101, or PENDING LIST min grade of B- in DRAM 1## or BISC 101.

Information on Plan Selection

Job and Career Opportunities for Drama Grads

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.

Where could Drama students go after graduation?

  • Acting
  • Arts administration
  • Arts advocacy
  • Choreographer
  • Communications and media relations
  • Corporate trainer
  • Costume / set / lighting / sound design
  • Development director
  • Directing
  • Drama therapy
  • Early childhood education
  • Educational outreach
  • Event planning
  • Human resources
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Marketing director
  • Musician
  • Playwriting / screenwriting
  • Producer
  • Public relations
  • Publishing
  • Research
  • Social media coordinator
  • Stage management
  • Talent representation
  • Teaching
  • Theatre production
  • Tourism
  • TV / Radio broadcasting
  • Vocal coach

Taking time to explore career options, build experience and network can help you have a smooth transition to the world of work after graduation. Note that some of these careers may require additional training.

Alumni Profile

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.”

Undergraduate Course Highlights

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.