University Courses


Department of Dramatic Arts
DART 4P92: Text and Performance of Bernard Shaw

Explorations of the manners and the mandate of the Shaw Festival, emphasizing the social mores, politics and historic milestones of the period, as well as acting techniques that convey Shavian ideas in the original and contemporary setting. Furthermore the course takes place primarily at the Shaw Festival, and provides an opportunity to experience the creative and business environment of a professional theatre.
This course is divided into ‘studio work’ and ‘guest lectures’ provided by members of the Shaw ensemble and artistic team.
Pre-requisite: DART 3F50


DRAM 371* Modern Drama at the Shaw Festival
DRAM371* is offered in collaboration with the Shaw Festival and will give you the opportunity to study the Shaw Festival through attending performances of nine different plays, lectures, on site tours and will feature visits from theatre insiders: administrators, designers, directors and actors.

DRAM 373* Early Modern Scene Study
Prerequisite: an introductory acting course Co-req: DRAM371*
In this acting course, a variety of techniques and exercises will be used to explore dramatic texts drawn from the mandate of the Shaw Festival –plays written during the lifetime of Bernard Shaw (1856 to 1950).

DRAM 501* Advanced Studies at the Shaw Festival
Prerequisite: 80% or above in DRAM 371*

Taught concurrently with DRAM 371*. Students will read the plays and attend all the shows and classes on the 371* course. In addition, students will be required to see the other shows the Shaw Festival is producing this season and to attend extra seminars. Written assignments and some extra reading may be assigned. Enrolment is limited.

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The Repertory in Practice: The Shaw Festival
A study of the role of repertory theatre in the historical and current development of dramatic literature and performance practices, held on-site at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Students will attend productions and lectures, interview actors, directors, designers, and administrators, and collaborate on a performed reading with the assistance of company members. Topics may include the performance history of plays by Shaw, Chekhov, Ibsen, Wilde, and other playwrights within the Festival’s mandate, the analysis of production elements from the perspectives of directors, actors, and designers, and the relevance of “classical” drama for the modern world.

For more information, contact Merrylee Greenan – or 905.828.5201