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.
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- 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.
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.