Courses

Courses Offered in the First Year of Study

Performance / Directing

THEA 5010 3.0 / 5011 3.0: Graduate One Voice.

Introductory voice training for the stage which includes: a daily warm up, the art and sensation of breathing, physicality, physiology, psychology, speech sounds (including the International Phonetic Alphabet), and the application of all to performance.

THEA 5020 3.0 / 5021 3.0: Graduate One Acting.

The course moves from acting without text and structure to the full complement of texts and technical requirements. An actor’s personal approach to the work is encouraged and guided towards the standards of the profession.

THEA 5030 3.0 / 5031 3.0: Graduate One Movement.

The focus of movement for actors is to develop and deepen the physical expression of the actor, thus enabling him/her to make the compelling, spontaneous, and informed choices necessary to good theatre. The breath is the unifying factor in this work, informing all aspects of exploration.

THEA 5040 3.0 / 5041 3.0: Graduate One Directing.

This is the primary course in stage directing. It handles textual issues, working with actors, working with designers, and the exploring of personal style.
Co-requisite: THEA 5020 3.0/5021 3.0: Graduate One Acting

THEA 5042 6.0: Graduate One Directing Practicum.

The main focus of this first year course is the direction of an Origins project, a Shakespeare project, and other productions as assigned.
Co-requisite: THEA 5040 3.0/5041 3.0: Graduate One Directing or permission of the instructor.

THEA 5075 3.0: Solo Performance Creation: Devising for Solo Performance in any Medium

Through sourcing exercises, presentation of student-created material, and feedback, students develop material for solo performance in any medium.  The class focuses on creation rather than production.  Prerequisites:  Some studio training required (dance, digital media, acting, sculpture...).  Submission of a resume (portfolio/video if available), interest statement and permission of course director.  Also available to MA/PhD students in Theatre and Performance Studies.

THEA 5076 3.0: Solo Performance Production: Staging and Production for Solo Performance in any Medium

Production of a solo performance in any medium.  The student is mentored while creating a 'mood-board', a detailed budget, building/working with a support team, and producing previously devised or created material, with documentation.  Prerequisites: Some studio training required (dance, digital media, acting, sculpture...).  Submission of material ready for production/performance and permission of the course director required (can be developed in THEA 5075 3.0)

THEA 5111 3.0: Sustainable Design in Performance.

Sustainable Design in Performance prepares students to tackle issues of sustainability in theatrical and related artistic practice.  Students will build their literacy in contemporary sustainable thinking, environmental/climate issues, emerging models of creations, pedagogy, and community stakeholder engagement through a combination of research, modeling and field work as strategic change agents in professional settings.

THEA 5210 3.0: Graduate Research Seminar.

An examination of the major theories of theatre and their evolution in the last half of the twentieth century.

THEA 5221 3.0: The Interactive Stage: Explorations in Electronically Mediated Performances

 This course explores the creation of interactive stage environments for live performance.  Students investigate various strategies whereby on-stage 'events' (physical, vocal, physiological, etc.) manipulate audio, video and/or lighting events.  Students are introduced to dedicated interactive and show control software, and become adept at programming interactive environments.  Prerequisite: Fine Arts Cultural Studies 2936; Dance 3220; Dance 4220 or equivalent, or permission from the instructor.

THEA 5400 3.0: Historical Sources for Designers and Directors

This is a survey course relating the architecture, art, clothing, interior design, and furnishings of world civilization to the theatre.  The course also touches on the visual aspects of the theatrical styles of various periods.  Required of all design and directing students.

THEA 5412 6.0: Graduate One Directing and Design

An opportunity for directing students and design students to develop skills in the evolution of ideas towards the producing and designing of theatre pieces.

Design for Performing Arts

THEA 5111 3.0: Sustainable Design in Peformance.

Sustainable Design in Performance prepares students to tackle issues of sustainability in theatrical and related artistic practice.  Students will build their literacy in contemporary sustainable thinking, environmental/climate issues, emerging models of creations, pedagogy, and community stakeholder engagement through a combination of research, modeling and field work as strategic change agents in professional settings.

THEA 5210 3.0 Graduate Research Seminar

. An examination of the major theories of theatre and their evolution in the last half of the twentieth century.

THEA 5221 3.0: The Interactive Stage: Explorations in Electronically Mediated Performances

 This course explores the creation of interactive stage environments for live performance.  Students investigate various strategies whereby on-stage 'events' (physical, vocal, physiological, etc.) manipulate audio, video and/or lighting events.  Students are introduced to dedicated interactive and show control software, and become adept at programming interactive environments.  Prerequisite: Fine Arts Cultural Studies 2936; Dance 3220; Dance 4220 or equivalent, or permission from the instructor.

THEA 5400 3.0: Historical Sources for Designers and Directors

This is a survey course relating the archetecture, art, clothing, interior design, and furnishings of world civilization to the theatre.  The course also touches on the visual aspects of the theatrical styles of various periods.  Required of all design and directing students.

THEA 5412 6.0: Graduate One Directing and Design

An opportunity for directing students and design students to develop skills in the evolution of ideas towards the producing and designing of theatre pieces.

THEA 5413 3.0: Graduate One Ecological Design for Performing Arts

This course provides graduate students with the opportunity to work on complex design projects in the area of stage, lighting, and/or costume design. Students will expand their knowledge and working methods in traditional theatre, dance, and opera. Study in sustainability of the space and production methods is part of the research and final design project.

100 Play Exam

The 100 Play Exam is the equivalent of a "comprehensive exam", where students are required to demonstrate the depth and breadth of their knowledge of theatre.  Upon acceptance into the program, students are provided with the 100 Play List and are expected to read all of the plays over the summer.  The exam will take place as a component of THEA 5210 3.0 Graduate Research Seminar, held in the first term of study.

Summer Research Project

A Summer Research Project is a required component for each of the existing fields in the MFA program in Theatre. This requirement will extend to the proposed Ecological Design for Performing Arts field. The proposal for the Summer Research Project has to be submitted to the Graduate Program Director and Design Instructor. Students are required to research and develop ecological practices for design in theatre, whether sets, costumes, or sound and lighting. Design students are challenged to respect the creative and innovative processes as an important component in all stages of the design regardless of the medium. A research paper will be the end result and can be the basis of the sustainable technology of their thesis project.

Courses Offered in the Second year of Study

Performance / Directing

THEA 6010 3.0: Graduate Two Voice.

Advanced work in all areas of study undertaken in the first year with the addition of dialects and an increased focus on solving individual voice and performance problems.
Prerequisite: THEA 5010 3.0/5011 3.0: Graduate One Voice or permission of the instructor.

THEA 6020 3.0: Graduate Two Acting.

Built upon the basis of THEA 5020 3.0/5021 3.0: Graduate One Acting, this course expands the actor’s range and begins the work on acting for the camera, auditioning, and rehearsal technique.
Prerequisite: THEA 5020 3.0/5021 3.0: Graduate One Acting or permission of the instructor.

THEA 6030 3.0: Graduate Two Movement.

The Graduate Two Movement programme has been designed to increase the actor’s vocabulary of movement and awareness of the physical body as a communicating instrument.
Prerequisite: THEA 5030 3.0/5031 3.0: Graduate One Movement or permission of the instructor.

THEA 6042 6.0: Graduate Two Directing.

The main focus in the second year is a series of directing exercise productions.
Prerequisite: THEA 5040 3.0/5041 3.0: Graduate One Directing or permission of the course director.

THEA 6075 3.0 Graduate Two Practicum.

Intended for the final-year students of Acting or Directing in the MFA Theatre Program working on mounted department productions in the Winter term. This course offers students an opportunity to intensively develop and perfect advanced skills in the creation of a theatrical performance.
Prerequisites: THEA 6010 3.0 Graduate Two Voice, 6020 3.0 Graduate Two Acting and 6030 3.0 Graduate Two Movement

Design for Performing Arts

THEA 6413 3.0 Graduate Two Design for Performing Arts.

Students will research, design, and present a project that will cross the boundaries between theatre, fine art, film, architecture, and other medium. This course will emphasize the importance of visual arts in a modern society.  As part of the contemporary approach to performing design, students will incorporate sustainability of alternative spaces and elements of production.

Two half courses or equivalent chosen from those offered by the Graduate Program in Theatre.

Two half courses or equivalent from an approved cognate field at the graduate level. These courses should include Environmental Studies courses and Faculty of Fine Arts courses that would be useful in the development of the final thesis project.

Thesis Project and Oral Defense

The thesis may consist of a theoretical design, a realized production, or a research design project in sustainability.

  • The Theoretical Design Thesis incorporates two of the following areas: Set, Costume, or Lighting. The thesis is composed of four distinct parts: a  proposal, research paper,  documented design, and oral defense. Documented design should include design drawings, technical drawings, and additional materials requested by the supervising professor.
  • The Practical Design Thesis is composed of five distinct parts: a thesis proposal, research paper, documented design, realized production, and oral defense. Documented design should include design drawings, technical drawings, photos from production, and additional materials requested by the supervising professor.
  • The Research Design Project in Sustainability is composed of four distinct parts: a thesis proposal, research paper, documented design, and oral defense. The documented design should include design,  technical drawings, and additional materials requested by the supervising professor.