Overview
Practical performance and advanced theatre skills

The English Department has been the home of the Theatre Studies Program for over 25 years. In 2004, the Department made a commitment to Theatre. Since then, the Theatre Studies Program has undergone a complete overhaul. The Program is now focused on developing practical performance skills and advanced theatre skills, such as directing and criticism.

Currently, there are two Theatre Studies courses cross-listed with English and open to all students. As well, students can complete a Minor in Theatre Studies. 

It's easy to get involved in theatre on the UPEI campus, through Vagabond Productions, the production company for the Theatre Studies Program, and/or through the UPEI Theatre Society, which is the student-run extracurricular theatre group on campus. Over the years, both have produced popular shows. Visit our Theatre Studies at UPEI website to find out about auditions, see photos of past shows, and find out how to get involved.

Declaring a Minor

Current students can declare a minor in this program through their myUPEI account.

Course Structure
Minor

 

A Minor in Theatre Studies consists of twenty-one (21) semester hours of credit taken from the list of approved courses. Theatre 2440, Theatre 3440, Theatre 4560, and Theatre 4440 are compulsory for the Minor. Prospective students should note, however, that Theatre 4440 requires students to make a significant contribution to a Theatre Studies production, or another production approved by the Coordinator of Theatre Studies. Theatre 4440 will, typically, be only offered in the Winter Term of the academic year. Students enrolled in Theatre 4440 will be under the direct supervision of the Coordinator of Theatre Studies, or an approved supervisor. In addition, students must select three elective courses. Students using any of the approved courses to complete the Minor in Theatre Studies may not also use them to complete a Major.

 

Electives

 

NOTE: Students who are in the Majors or Honours English programs must take at least one elective outside the English Department.

English

English 1950 Introduction to Drama
English 2220 Reading Film: Introduction to Film Studies
English 2550 Introduction to Shakespeare
English 2560 Shakespeare in Film and Media
English 2850 Linguistics I: The Sound System of English
English 3030 Contemporary Drama
English 3150 English-Canadian Drama
English 3410 Modern Drama
English 3570 Renaissance Drama
English 3670 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama
English 4550 Advanced Studies in Early Modern Literature

Classics

Classics 2120 Ancient Tragedy
Classics 2220 Ancient Comedy

Modern Languages (French)

3390 Théàtre Canadienne-Français
3440 XVIIe Siecle: Le Grand Siecle II

Diversity and Social Justice Studies

3020 Constructing Difference and Identity
3110 Identity and Popular Culture

Theatre Studies

Theatre Studies 4340 Special Topics

Directed Studies

With the approval of the Co-ordinator, the Dean of Arts, and the relevant Department, a student may credit three hours of Directed Studies in any subject towards the Minor in Theatre Studies.

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