Overview

The Drama Studies Program provides students from interdisciplinary backgrounds with the unique opportunity to develop skills in the areas of Theatre Criticism and Dramaturgy. Students currently have access to a diverse range of course offerings from the fundamentals of theatre practice, performance theories and staging techniques, as well as collaborative processes in theatre-making. While the program has made strides since its inception, we are looking to expand course offerings, enhance current courses to provide more practical learning opportunities and cultivate increased collaboration with our local and international arts community.

The Background

By supporting the ongoing development of the Drama Studies program, you are improving the student experience through course development, experiential learning opportunities and meaningful collaboration. Your donation helps students gain access to integral resources while encouraging them to pursue their passion, and become talented leaders in an industry where Canadians can make an impact.

The Rollout

Support to the Drama Studies Fund will be used directly toward course development, expanding experiential learning opportunities, fostering collaboration with our community and continuing to offer awards to our students for their work in contemporary criticism.

Some key priority areas include;

  • Increasing our course offerings to include an Indigenous drama course and courses related to the technical side of theatre.
  • Expanding the National Arts Centre Student Performance Reviews program to encourage students to engage and hone their critical eye by attending and reviewing live theatre events.

The Impact

There are few trained theatre critics and artists in the industry, particularly in Canada, and this lack is being felt in professional theatre. By supporting our future generations of students, graduates of the Drama Studies concentration or minor may address this gap in Canadian theatre and beyond.

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