Drama

Studying Drama at UTM

Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies offers three programs »
Specialist | Major | Minor

  1. Theatre and Drama Studies, jointly offered between Sheridan College and UTM (Specialist)
  2. Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (Major)
  3. Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (Minor)

Please consult the Director of Drama and/or the Undergraduate Advisor, Megan Janssen, RM 5250 North Builidng for drama-related courses that can be used to fulfill the requirements for any Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies program.

DRE Drama Courses

The focus of Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies at UTM, both curricular and extra-curricular, is the Erindale Studio Theatre and the Multi-Media Studio Theatre or MiST. Erindale Studio Theatre is used for performances of Theatre Erindale, the production company of the Specialist Program. The MiST is used for teaching, performances by Theatre Erindale, co-curricular and extra-curricular performances by all programs, and the UTM Drama Club.

Courses in related topics are given in many disciplines. Students interested in the field are advised to consider taking some of them. No more than a combination of 15.0 Drama-related courses may be taken.

Enrolment in any Program of Study, including the second year of the Theatre and Drama Studies program, requires completion of 4.0 previous credit or their equivalent.

Students should also review the Degree Requirements section of the academic calendar prior to selecting courses.

Academic Advising

Academic advising is available throughout the year, and students are urged to seek advice when selecting their courses or planning their programs.

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Specialist Program ERSPE1880 Theatre and Drama Studies with Sheridan College (Arts)

The Specialist Honours Program in Theatre and Drama Studies (TDS), offered jointly with Sheridan College, gives students the opportunity to earn an advanced conservatory diploma in professional actor training from Sheridan within a Specialist degree in performance history, theory, dramatic literature, and dramaturgy from UTM. This program combines the intensive professional training of an acting school with the academic preparation of an honours-level drama degree. No other theatre and drama program in Canada offers a comparable education.

The Sheridan diploma consists of twelve courses in Acting, which feature small, intimate class sizes and personalized acting instruction. Sheridan courses include acting technique, voice, movement, camera work and industry preparation, as well as four curricular public performances in third and fourth year. At UTM, students take courses on the history and theory of drama, theatre, and film, as well as developmental and production dramaturgy. Courses are held at both UTM and at the Trafalgar Road campus of Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario.

Within an Honours degree, 12.0 credits are required.

Entrance to this program is by application and audition. For more information about the program, please visit: https://academics.sheridancollege.ca/programs/theatre-and-drama-studies

Limited Enrolment

Enrolment in this program is limited to students who are successful in an audition, conducted in the spring of each year. For audition requirements, please refer to: http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/reg/audition. Enrolment in all studio courses (DRS) is restricted to students in the program. Students applying to proceed to the second year of the Theatre and Drama Studies program must have completed 4.0 credits with a minimum CGPA of 2.0.

First Year
DRE/ENG121H5, 122H5, DRS121H5, 122H5

Second Year
DRE200H5, 222H5, DRS221H5, 222H5

Third Year
1.0 further DRE at 300/400 level; DRS321H5, 322H5, 325H5, 326H5

Fourth Year
1.0 further DRE course at 300/400 level; DRS421H5, 422H5, 425H5, 426H5; 2.0 additional credits in drama-related courses.

Students must take a minimum of 0.5 DRE at the 400 level in either third or fourth year.

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Major Program ERMAJ2468 – Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (Arts)

Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (TDPS) integrates creative and scholarly approaches to theatre through a common emphasis on dramaturgy. In addition to specific courses in developmental and production dramaturgy, the TDPS program includes courses that examine theatre history, dramatic literature, critical theory, playwriting, devising, and intermedial performance, among others. TDPS provides students with first-rate academic experience and credentials, while offering them ample opportunities for creative application of acquired knowledge and skills through practical components and practice-based research projects. All courses are taken at UofT Mississauga.

Note: DRS courses cannot be counted toward this program.

7.0 credits are required, as follows:

First and Second Years: DRE/ENG121H5, 122H5, DRE200H5, 222H5

Higher Years: 1.0 DRE at the 300 level and 4.0 credits from the drama-related courses, at least 1.0 at the 300+ level

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Minor Program ERMIN2468 – Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (Arts)

Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (TDPS) integrates creative and scholarly approaches to theatre through a common emaphasis on dramaturgy. In addition to specific courses in developmental and production dramaturgy, the TDPS program includes courses that examine theatre history, dramatic literature, critical theory, playwriting, devising, and intermedial performance, among others. TDPS provides students with first-rate academic experience and credentials, while offering them ample opportunities for creative application of acquired knowledge and skills through practical components and practice-based research projects. All courses are taken at UofT Mississauga.

Note: DRS courses cannot be counted toward this program.  

4.0 credits are required, as follows:  

First and Second Years: DRE/ENG121H5, 122H5, DRE200H5, 222H5

Higher Years: 1.0 300/400 DRE credit and 1.0 further DRE from the drama-related courses.

*NOTE: Students without pre- and co-requisites or written permission of the instructor can be de-registered from courses at any time. Pre- and co-requisites will be strictly enforced.

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