Theatre Arts

Create, collaborate, build and design all facets of a performance.

Studying theatre at Laurentian University offers students a unique opportunity to combine theoretical study in theatre with studio courses.

The only Theatre degree program North of Toronto, Theatre Arts offers a personalized learning environment in which students pursue both academic and practical courses in the field. Two mainstage student productions are presented each year. Practical work may include specific roles or responsibilities in professional theatre productions as well as within the Theatre Arts Program. 

Students can pursue the four-year BA in Theatre, three-year BA in Theatre or the four-year BFA in Theatre Performance or Theatre Production (completing the first two years at Cambrian College Technical Theatre Program). Students can combine studies in Theatre and Motion Picture Arts. Sudbury is a burgeoning hub of film development and students in the Motion Picture Arts have opportunities each year to work on a professional production in development in the area.We are the only theatre program that allows you to take Concurrent Education while also pursuing a BA or BFA in Theatre. We offer a strong combination of academic and studio courses with three full years of Acting. Additional courses in Theatre on this Land, Theatre History, Voice, Movement, Mime, Physical Theatre, Queer Theatre, Acting for the Camera, Directing, Script Analysis, Canadian Theatre, and Dramaturgy are available. Opportunities to develop your own works in upper years under the  direction of faculty present platforms to explore and expand your voice in areas of writing, directing, and performance. Electives to study baby clown, bouffon, and social application of clown are available in Spring sesion.  

Academic Advisor

Patricia Tedford

Telephone: 705.673.1730 x 502

Email: thea@thorneloe.ca

How to Apply
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Delivery Method: On campus
Program Language: English

  • Three-year program leads to a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts
  • 4 Year Honours BA in Theatre
  • 4 Year BFA in Theatre Performance ** Requires audition at end of first year. 
  • 4 Year BFA in Theatre Production (in collaboration with Cambrian College Technical Theatre Program) ***Requires Interview for admission
  • Faculty members specialize in acting, voice, physical theater, clown
  • Also available: 30-credit Certificate in Theatre Arts (in conjunction with a degree in another discipline)

 

Students can pursue the four-year BA in Theatre,three-year BA in Theatre or the four-year BFA in Theatre Performance or Theatre Production (completing the first two years at Cambrian College Technical Theatre Program). Students can combine studies in Theatre and Motion Picture Arts. Sudbury is a burgeoning hub of film development and students in the Motion Picture Arts have opportunities each year to work on a professional production in development in the area.

Because of our strong links with the community of Sudbury, students of Laurentian have access to many professional and internship opportunities during their university career.

The study of Theatre is, in essence, the study of living. We study our reactions to social situations. We develop our capacity for the creative expression of our inner mental, emotional and physical worlds. Ultimately, we come to know and understand our response to the world. The skills and sensibilities developed in the study of theatre are transferable to any occupation that concerns itself with the human condition.

As Theatre is a collaborative art form which demands a high level of communication and an ability to work cooperatively with others, it requires the student to question his/her assumptions and develop the capacity to share ideas and knowledge of self in response to his/her environment. It is also an interpretive and expressive art form which exposes students to the stories that have been told throughout history. As such, students become exposed to a history of our cultures around the world.

Theatre is one of the last vestiges where we can go to hear and see truth. We are the reflectors of our society. Students who enjoy and excel in our program are team players who possess an ambitious curiosity and a need to know who they are in this world, as well as a desire to learn what they can contribute to it.

 

BFA in Theatre Performance

Students must obtain 120 credits in the following credit structure to obtain the BFA degree:

  • 60 credits in Specialization
  • 24 credits in Fine Arts: Theatre Arts, Music, Motion Picture Arts or a combination of Music, and/or Theatre and/or Motion Picture Arts
  • 36 credits of General Electives:
  • 12 credits in Humanities and/or Social Sciences, and/or Sciences (with a maximum of 6 credits in any one discipline); ENGL 1705 Introduction to Writing and English Studies (6) is strongly recommended
  • 24 credits in any discipline other than in Motion Picture Arts, Theatre, and Music

 

All students must take THEA 3517 - Theatre Performance Practicum (3 credits) in 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year. Registration in this course requires consultation with the Department Chair, and being cast in a major role in a Mainstage Production.

 

If students intend to pursue a declared Minor in Fine Arts (i.e. Minor in Motion Picture Arts or Music), they should use Fine Arts elective courses towards the Minor, beginning in 1st year. Please see descriptions for Music Minor, Motion Picture Arts Minor.

 

If students do not intend to pursue a declared Minor, the 24 credits of Fine Arts electives may include Theatre Arts (THEA), Théâtre (THEF), Motion Picture Arts (CINE), and/or Music (MUSC) courses.

Ontario High School Applicants

1 grade 12 English U/M course

5 other grade 12 U/M courses 

A minimum overall average of 70% in the 6 best grade 12 U/M courses

Supplemental material: Students will be required to complete an audition/interview at the end of their first year in order to progress to the second year of the Bachelor of Theatre Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance. 

 

Additional information for applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses.

Additional information for applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate.

 

Applicants from outside an Ontario High School 

International Students

Canadian High School Applicants from outside Ontario

Applicants from Colleges

Applicants from other Universities

Mature Students

For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre

See the Fine Arts page for details.

 

Bachelor of Arts (4 Year) in Theatre Arts

Total 120 credits

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.

 

Specialization in Theatre Arts

All students entering a BA program as of September 2017 are required to take 6 credits each of linguistic awareness, scientific literacy and indigenous content as per the regulations.

Although the requirements have been slotted in first year in the description below, students may fulfill them at any time during their studies.

Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.

Courses fulfilling these requirements may be taken as electives or as part of a minor, concentration, major or specialization. 

First Year

   THEA 1115E         Introduction to the Theatre
   6 elective credits of linguistic awareness (see regulations)
   6 elective credits scientific literacy
   6 elective credits in Indigenous content (starting 2017)
   6 elective credits

 

Second and Third Years

   THEA 2115E         Acting I

   THEA 2127E         Voice I

   THEA 2137E         Theatre Movement

   THEA 2246E         Theatre History I

   THEA 2247E         Theatre History II

   THEA 2326E         Script Analysis

   THEA 3115E         Acting II

   THEA 3246E         Theatre History III

   THEA 3247E         Theatre History IV

   THEA 3357E         Canadian Theatre

   6 additional THEA credits

   18 elective credits

 

Fourth Year

   12 THEA credits at the 4000 level

   18 elective credits

 

Note:    Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level.

 

Major in Theatre Arts

   THEA 1115E         Introduction to the Theatre

   THEA 2115E         Acting I

   THEA 2246E         Theatre History I

   THEA 2247E         Theatre History II

   THEA 3115E         Acting II

   THEA 3246E         Theatre History III

   THEA 3247E         Theatre History IV

   12 THEA credits at the 4000 level

   78 elective credits*

 

Notes:

  • In order to get a BA, students must include 6 credits in linguistic awareness, 6 credits of Indigenous content, and 6 credits in the Sciences if not part of the other minor or second major. Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.
  • Students must complete a minimum of a minor (24 credits) or a second major (42 credits) from among their elective credits.
  • Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Bachelor of Arts (3 Year) in Theatre Arts

Total 90 credits

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.

 

Concentration in Theatre Arts

All students entering a BA program as of September 2017 are required to take 6 credits each of linguistic awareness, scientific literacy and indigenous content as per the regulations.

Although the requirements have been slotted in first year in the description below, students may fulfill them at any time during their studies.

Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.

Courses fulfilling these requirements may be taken as electives or as part of a minor, concentration, major or specialization. 

First Year

   THEA 1115E         Introduction to the Theatre
   6 elective credits of linguistic awareness (see regulations)
   6 elective credits in scientific literacy
   6 elective credits in Indigenous content (starting 2017)
   6 elective credits

 

Upper Years

   THEA 2115E         Acting I

   THEA 2246E         Theatre History I

   THEA 2247E         Theatre History II

   THEA 3115E         Acting II

                     OR

   THEA 3187E  Directing in the Theatre   AND    THEA 3346E Theories of Drama

   THEA 3246E         Theatre History III

   THEA 3247E         Theatre History IV

   6 additional THEA credits

   30 elective credits

 

Note:    Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level.

 

Minor in Theatre

   THEA 1115E         Introduction to the Theatre

   3 THEA academic credits from List A

   3 THEA studio credits from List B

   12 THEA credits from List A or B with at least 6 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level

 

List A

   THEA 2246E         Theatre History I

   THEA 2247E         Theatre History II

   THEA 2326E         Script Analysis

   THEA 3246E         Theatre History III

   THEA 3247E         Theatre History IV

   THEA 3346E         Theories of Drama

   THEA 3357E         Canadian Theatre

   THEA 4086E         Directed Study

   THEA 4096E         Special Topics

   THEA 4306E         Dramaturgy

   THEA 4366E         Shakespeare in Performance

 

List B

   THEA 2115E         Acting I

   THEA 2127E         Voice I

   THEA 2137E         Theatre Movement

   THEA 2216E         Musical Theatre I

   THEA 2356E         Theatre in Education I

   THEA 3115E         Acting II

   THEA 3127E         Voice and Speech II

   THEA 3137E         Mime

   THEA 3177E         Acting for the Camera

   THEA 3187E         Directing for the Theatre

   THEA 3216E         Musical Theatre II

   THEA 3356E         Theatre in Education II

   THEA 4115E         Acting III

 

 

Certificate in Theatre Arts (30 credits)

   THEA 1115E         Introduction to the Theatre

   THEA 2115E         Acting I

   THEA 2246E         Theatre History I     AND      THEA 2247E Theatre History II

                          OR

   THEA 3246E Theatre History III        AND     THEA 3247E Theatre History IV

   12 additional THEA credits

Year:

THEA-1115EL - Introduction to the Theatre THEA-2115EL - Acting I THEA-2127EL - Voice I THEA-2137EL - Theatre Movement THEA-2216EL - Musical Theatre I THEA-2246EL - Theatre History I THEA-2247EL - Theatre History II THEA-2326EL - Script Analysis THEA-2356EL - Theatre in Education I THEA-3115EL - Acting II THEA-3127EL - Voice and Speech II THEA-3137EL - Mime THEA-3187EL - Directing in the Theatre THEA-3216EL - Musical Theatre II
THEA-3246EL - Theatre History III THEA-3247EL - Theatre History IV THEA-3346EL - Theories of Drama THEA-3356EL - Theatre in Education II THEA-3357EL - Canadian Theatre THEA-3417EL - Theatre Practicum THEA-3517EL - Theatre Practicum-Performance THEA-3617EL - Theatre Practicum-Production THEA-4086EL - Directed Study THEA-4096EL - Special Topics THEA-4115EL - Acting III THEA-4306EL - Dramaturgy THEA-4366EL - Shakespeare in Performance

Patricia Tedford, Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Theatre and Motion Picture Arts, Coordinator of BFA Theatre:  Theatre Performance, Theatre Production, and Motion Picture Arts

Dr Ian Maclennan, Associate Professor, Registrar for Thorneloe University

Dr. Bill Lane, Sessional Faculty

Jennifer Hazelton, Sessional Faculty

Matt Heiti, Sessional Faculty,

Meredith Zwicker, Sessional Faculty

Denise Vitali, Sessional Faculty