The Nova Scotia High School Drama Festival



Queen's University

Kingston, Ontario
What programs are offered?

The Bachelor of Arts in Drama emphasizes a balanced approach in which theory informs practice, and practice informs theory. Study all aspects of theatre, from acting and directing to theatre history and dramatic literature, and there are many different opportunities to become involved with our productions. This program can be completed in 4 years.

The Bachelor of Musical Theatre program provides students with theoretical and practical training both in the three core disciplines of acting, singing and dancing, and also in the study of music theatre as a liberal arts subject. This demanding “triple threat” program begins with 2 years at St. Lawrence College and concludes at Queen’s. It helps students to hone their skills by performing in front of audiences, in studio, main stage productions and in unique productions where they learn to create and produce original theatrical pieces. This program can be completed in 4 years.

Media and Performance Production (MAPP) Specialization is a four-year Bachelor degree co-coordinated by the Department of Film & Media and the Dan School of Drama and Music. Providing students with incredible opportunities to gain technical knowledge and skills needed to creatively explore the intersections of video and audio, this degree has a strong emphasis on digital media and how it can be used to synthesize live and recorded presentations that incorporate drama, music, sound, film and performance studies. This program can be completed in 4 years.

Computing and the Creative Arts is an innovative degree aimed at students with interests and abilities in both Computing and the Fine Arts. You can participate in advanced courses in Art, Drama, Film, or Music, while maintaining a solid concentration in Computer Science and Mathematics. Fill out your degree with electives in other Arts areas and interdisciplinary courses of all kinds. Graduates can expect to work in the entertainment industry, in art galleries and museums, in multimedia design and production, and in developing the next generation of software for the Arts. This program can be completed in 4 years.

"I think Queen's recognizes that it's a very special period in your life and they nurture that. They allow you to experiment, to fail, to figure it out, and at Queen's especially you feel like you're being looked after and you're being nurtured as a human being, not just as a student. And they prepare you properly. I am just so grateful that I was prepared for the world and this business. I feel very grateful to Queen's and everyone in the Queen's drama program for that."
- Emma Hunter, '07
What kinds of classes can I take?
An exploration of theatricality and theatrical communication via an examination of how some major trends in theatre since the 19th century have been represented by film and electronic media. The course will study examples of theatrical works on film and other theatrical responses to social, cultural, and political issues presented in mass media.
A survey of the work of First Nations playwrights, exploring the stories, concerns and aesthetics of these contemporary, mostly Canadian, theatrical practitioners. Course work involves reading, discussion, and writing descriptively, critically or creatively about selected pieces in artistic, social and/or political contexts.

Students will examine diversity within the field of stand-up comedy and critique various styles and will work towards creating their own performances that are well-suited to their particular talents.

Intensive study in the mandate and practice of the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Students attend several productions at the Shaw Festival, discussing these in seminars and with guest speakers drawn from the Shaw company where available.

This course offers an introduction to the basics of puppetry, including design, construction, and performance creation. Class time will be devoted to lectures, group work, and studio work. Students will spend the term learning about various forms of puppetry and devising a puppetry piece that will be performed at the end of the term.

"Queen's really feels like home. If I'm having a bad day or even a bad mental health day, I always know where to turn. There is no lack of support here at Queen's. No matter what kind of a day you're having, there are so many resources available to you here. So it's really nice to know I'm being looked out for all the time."
- Jillian Wakarchuk, '16
Want to get involved with theatre life on campus?