UWaterloo Drama and Speech Communication Department

at 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, N2L3G1 Canada

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UWaterloo Drama and Speech Communication Department
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo , ON N2L3G1


In the Department of Drama and Speech Communication, we believe that understanding and experiencing the many facets of performance and communication contribute to a rich and complete humanities education. All our programs integrate academic and practical work to produce the best education in our disciplines. We offer two sets of degree programs and one minor. Our faculty pursue distinct and overlapping areas of work encompassing teaching, research, and creative activity in digital arts communication, theatre theory and practice, and communication as the processes by which people create meaning in communities.

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  • Mondays: 08:30- 16:30
  • Tuesdays: 08:30- 16:30
  • Wednesdays: 08:30- 16:30
  • Thursdays: 08:30- 16:30
  • Fridays: 08:30- 16:30

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Hello All: The student societies from the Department of Drama and Speech Communication are hosting a Fall social event this Thursday, October 1st, from 6pm-8pm in the EV-1 Courtyard! All students, faculty, and staff are invited. There will be snacks and drinks for guests (many thanks to the Speech Communication Society for making that happen). We look forward to seeing everyone there to celebrate the start of a new and exciting academic year. -Andy, Rob, and Jill Andy Houston, Acting Chair, Department of Drama and Speech Communication Rob Danisch, Associate Chair, Undergraduate Advisor Jill Tomasson Goodwin, Director, Digital Arts Communication

Published on 2015-09-29 00:54:46 GMT

Please consider this a formal invitation to a fall social gathering organized by the student societies in our department. The social gathering will be on October 1st in the EV-1 Courtyard from 6pm-8pm. All faculty and staff are welcome (as well as partners, children, etc.). There is no formal agenda, this is just an opportunity to say hello and meet some of our students from the different programs and for the students to have a chance to meet and mingle with one another.

Published on 2015-09-22 17:58:52 GMT

The Drama program is holding two different events to kick off the fall production of Unity (1918). Everyone is welcome to attend. Many of you are aware that Unity (1918) is the fall production for the Drama program. Firstly, there will be a presentation about the concept and vision for the production. Director Andy Houston will speak and designers Maddy Samms, Mark Haasnoot and Colin Labadie will speak about their ideas and research. Secondly, everyone is invited to the first rehearsal of Unity (1918) to listen to a read-through of the play by the cast. This is an excellent opportunity to hear the words aloud and begin to understand the story. This rehearsal will begin with a repeat of the design presentation. Design Presentation Friday, September 18th 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. Theatre of the Arts (ML 135) First Rehearsal Saturday, September 19th 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. = Design Presentation recap 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. = First Read through Theatre of the Arts (ML 135)

Published on 2015-09-15 15:14:29 GMT

First day of classes! Have a great term!

Published on 2015-09-14 14:32:31 GMT

Hello All 3rd and 4th Year Drama Majors: I’m writing with a brief note about graduation requirements. Most of you are pursuing either an Honours plan or a 4-Year general plan. Both of those plans require DRAMA 409 - Theatre Criticism as one of your mandatory courses. However, that course is no longer being offered. In the place of DRAMA 409, students will be required to take DRAMA 406, section 003. This course will incorporate work in Theatre Criticism and serve as a substitute for DRAMA 409 in your academic plan. Therefore, if you are intending to graduate by the end of this coming academic year and have not taken DRAMA 409, then you ought to be enrolled in DRAMA 406, section 003 with Toby Malone. Students that are in, at least, their 3A term will need to complete DRAMA 406, section 003 at some point in their academic plan instead of DRAMA 409. For students that want to register for this course this coming Fall, please ignore the time commitments listed on the schedule of classes for this course. The course will meet on Monday from 1:30-3:20 and not during the other listed times. Please let me know if there are any questions or concerns about this. Thanks, Rob Dr. Robert Danisch, Associate Professor Associate Chair, Undergraduate Advisor Department of Drama and Speech Communication University of Waterloo (ML 236B) 200 University Avenue West Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 Canada Email: rdanisch@uwaterloo.ca Phone: 519.888.4567, ext. 38603 www.rdanisch.com

Published on 2015-09-08 19:52:15 GMT

New Course Offering for FALL 2015 - DRAMA 406 - 003 Dr. Toby Malone The dramaturg is the contextual lifeblood of any production, offering support, research, and resistance to the director, stage management, and actors, in order to improve the collaborative process. While students may have taken units in new play development dramaturgy or collective creation, this course centres on the role of production dramaturg, with the opportunity to contribute directly to the uWaterloo fall production of Unity (1918). Dramaturgy as a discipline is defined in multiple ways, and you will be encouraged to explore the possibilities of the field of greatest interest to you. These elements will potentially include text consultation, research, rehearsal attendance, social media (in consultation with publicity), and the collective development of a contextual materials website, called the Dramaturgy Hub for use in rehearsal. In consultation with the director of the production, Dr. Andy Houston, the class will collectively set tasks of greatest use to the production’s needs. Once the play has opened, the class will conclude with a unit on Theatre Criticism (incorporating the old DRAMA 409: Theatre Criticism course), where students will be tasked with attending theatre productions of their choosing and engaging with the material critically. To join contact your advisor Ceylan Turkeri at cturkeri@uwaterloo.ca

Published on 2015-09-02 17:14:53 GMT

DAC 308 - Cinematic Art and Practice is open to EVERYONE this Fall term! All Pre requisites and Reserves will be waved this Fall term only! It will be taught by Jon Lucas of Arc Media -- so, a great chance to learn from an industry professional with an excellent track record and a UW alumnus, to boot! If you'd like to get into the course, please email Ceylan Turkeri in the Department of Drama and Speech Communication (cturkeri@uwaterloo.ca)

Published on 2015-09-01 13:58:47 GMT

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