The Nova Scotia High School Drama Festival



Concordia University

Montreal, Quebec
What programs are offered?

Acting for the Theatre will train you to be a highly capable, adaptable performer with skills applicable to many forms and genres of contemporary
theatre and live performance. Aside from training in movement, voice, ensemble work and scene study, we offer many specialty courses, such as Fitzmaurice voicework, clown, stage combat, Biomechanics, Rasaboxes, Viewpoints, or Laban. This program can be completed in 4 years. 

Design for the Theatre invites you to become actively involved in the complex process of conceiving, communicating, and realizing visual material, and spatial frameworks for theatrical and other performing arts productions. Our courses are offered to cover conception and realization processes in the areas of set, costume, lighting, properties, as well as multimedia design. Students design regularly for departmental public performances. This program can be completed in 4 years. 

The specialization in Performance Creation supports emerging artists who seek interdisciplinary knowledge and performance training. In this program you will be introduced to the crafts of directing, playwriting, dramaturgy, puppetry as well as the history and theory of theatre, rounded out by a series of hybrid seminar-studio courses on practices such as oral history and performance, Indigenous storytelling, and studies in gender and sexuality in performance, as well as to methods for creating socially-engaged, collective, and interdisciplinary performance projects. This program can be completed in 4 years. 

"The Design for the Theatre program at Concordia University gave me an excellent foundation for a career in the arts. Their eclectic program gave me opportunities to explore many avenues not only in theatre, but in an array of other art mediums, opening my eyes to what is possible and enriching my practice. My time at Concordia gave me the conceptual tools to become not just a successful designer in my community, but a multidisciplinary artist with a voice."
- Sophie El-Assaad, BFA Design for the Theatre
What kinds of classes can I take?

This studio course is designed to bring together students from all of the Department’s specializations to explore basic skills and principles of performance creation and acting for the theatre. The course combines theoretical readings and practical explorations relating to diverse perspectives on an artist’s role in society.

Students study theories and practices of stage management, production management, and technical direction. They develop technical skills in scenery, properties, and costumes, as well as lighting and sound. By completing specific assignments related to department public performances, students are introduced to the language, tools, and techniques used in rehearsal halls, shops, and backstage.

This lecture course offers an introduction to the history of urban performance space and the variety of theatre buildings and production philosophies in Montreal. Students encounter the challenges of a small production project in collaboration with other students across the Department’s specialization programs.

This seminar course provides a grounding in feminist and queer theory as critical tools for the analysis and creation of performance. The performance of gendered and queer identities is considered, as presented in everyday life and on stage.

This studio course introduces students to basic theories, practices, and history of performance with puppets and performing objects. It combines building, basic manipulation, and show-making techniques. Students work on short scenes for performance.

"As a member of faculty, I attest to the dedication of this exceptional theatre department, where students learn the rigour and exhilaration of creativity. Concordia Theatre is a site for the socially conscious and imaginative theatre maker." - Jessica Carmichael, Performance Creation Professor
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