The Department of Theatre offers two graduate programs, one leading to a Master of Arts (MA) in Theatre, and the other to a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Theatre with specialization in Directing.

The Master of Arts (MA) in theatre (with thesis) focuses on the field of theatre theory and dramaturgy. The objective of this program is to bridge theoretical and practical approaches to the study of theatre by encouraging dialogue and understanding between practitioners and theoreticians. The program enables students to broaden their academic scope with regard to the epistemological and interdisciplinary specificities of theatre as an art form and as a discipline of study; it encourages the analysis of the Western world’s principal theatrical traditions from various discursive perspectives; it fosters a greater understanding of Canada’s two principal theatrical traditions and helps develop scholarly discourse in regards to each.

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in directing focuses on the practice and theory of directing. It allows students to develop their skills in the art of directing, and offers the unique opportunity to study both English and French theatre practices and traditions in a bilingual and bicultural setting. The program is designed to prepare students to work as directors in both the professional and academic theatre.

Both programs are offered full-time and extend over two years. They can be pursued in English and in French.

In accordance with the University of Ottawa regulation, students have a right to produce their work, their thesis, and to answer examination questions in French or in English.

The programs are governed by the general regulations in effect for graduate studies.

Learn more on application deadlines, language requirements and more by visiting the specific requirements webpage.

Admission to the graduate program in Theatre is governed by the “General Regulations” in effect for graduate studies.

All applicants must be able to understand speak and write proficiently either English or French. Applicants whose first language is neither English nor French must provide proof of proficiency in one or the other. The list of acceptable proofs is indicated in the “Admission” section of the General Regulations in effect for graduate studies.

Admission requirements for the MFA program:

  • A bachelor’s degree with a specialization or a major, or the equivalent, in Theatre with a minimum average of 75% (B+) in the last two years and a 70 % (B) average overall;
  • A solid background in the literature, theory and history of the theatre;
  • A working knowledge of how theatre is done, including an understanding of the basic techniques of acting, production and theatre administration;
  • Experience and a demonstrable skill and talent for theatre directing;
  • Some successful pursuit of theatre work beyond the university setting;
  • Proficiency in one of the two official languages and at least a passive knowledge of the other; a passive knowledge implies the ability to follow courses in both official languages, and to appreciate the English and French theatrical traditions, culture and practice.

The program combines two compulsory courses, production courses, directing seminars, and a practicum where students observe a senior director mount a production in a professional theatre. Students must undergo a diagnostic examination upon entry into the program.

A total of 39 units are required as follows:

Compulsory Courses:
THE 5130Dramaturgy3 Units
THE 5140Theory of Performance3 Units
Production Courses:
THE 5901Production I3 Units
THE 5902Production II3 Units
THE 5903Production III3 Units
THE 5952Formal Pre-Production Analysis3 Units
THE 6001Final Product 16 Units
Seminars:
THE 5931Graduate Seminar I3 Units
THE 5932Graduate Seminar II3 Units
THE 5933Graduate Seminar III3 Units
THE 5934Graduate Seminar IV3 Units
Directing Practicum:
THE 6901Directing Practicum 13 Units

Note(s)

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Students enroll for the fifth term in the second year in order to complete their post-production analysis (THE 6001), and the directing practicum (THE 6901).

Minimum Standards

The passing grade in all courses is C+. Students who fail two courses (equivalent to 6 units) must withdraw from the program.

Duration of the Program

The requirements of the program must be fulfilled within two years (five terms of full-time enrollment).

Research Fields & Facilities

Located in the heart of Canada’s capital, a few steps away from Parliament Hill, the University of Ottawa is among Canada’s top 10 research universities.

uOttawa focuses research strengths and efforts in four Strategic Areas of Development in Research (SADRs):

  • Canada and the World
  • Health
  • e-Society
  • Molecular and Environmental Sciences

With cutting-edge research, our graduate students, researchers and educators strongly influence national and international priorities.

Research at the Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts is proud of the state of the art research conducted by its professors. In the spirit of showcasing its research to the university community as well as to the general public, the Faculty has created three activities: Dean's Lecture Series, Treasures of the Library, and Excellence Lectures.

Facilities, Research Centres and Institutes at the Faculty of Arts

Centre de recherche en civilisation canadienne-française, Institute of Canadian and Aboriginal Studies, Institute for Science, Society and Policy, Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI) and Morisset Library.

For more information, refer to the list of faculty members and their research fields on Uniweb

IMPORTANT: Candidates and students looking for professors to supervise their thesis or research project can also consult the website of the faculty or department of their program of choice. Uniweb does not list all professors authorized to supervise research projects at the University of Ottawa.

THE 5110 Methodology (3 units)

Advanced academic research and writing skills commonly used in theatre studies - archival research, collection of pertinent data, forms of empirical research, conceptual research, etc. Practical exercises leading to the students' successful writing of academic papers, conference presentations, and an MA thesis paper.

Course Component: Seminar

THE 5120 Epistemology of Theatre Studies (3 units)

Philosophical and sociological theories generated by a range of disciplines - from literature to political science - as applied to theatre studies, as well as theories generated within the field of theatrical studies as such. Review of the theoretical writings available to the contemporary scholar, and articulation of a theoretical framework for the students' own research. Students will also be required to situate their own research within the broader context of today's epistemologies.

Course Component: Lecture

THE 5130 Dramaturgy (3 units)

The dramatic text as a point of departure for a theatrical performance. The art of dramaturgy considered as the analysis of the poetics of dramatic text as well as the study of its structural specificities and norms. Major elements of, and theories related to, new play development, both in a historical perspective as well as a conceptual one. Acquisition of the skills necessary for pursuing a career as a Dramaturge or a Literary Adviser in a professional theatre.

Course Component: Lecture

THE 5140 Theory of Performance (3 units)

Examination of a range of performance forms that define contemporary practice including performance art, fine art, film, site-specific theatre and cyber-spectacle. Exercises in academic and professional writing for the theatre. Major elements of performance studied both in historical and conceptual perspectives.

Course Component: Lecture

THE 5510 Méthodologie (3 crédits)

Formation avancée en recherche et en rédaction pertinente pour les études universitaires dans le champ des études théâtrales recherche en archives, collecte de données pertinentes, formes de recherche empirique, recherche théorique, etc. Exercices pratiques devant mener les étudiants à rédiger avec succès des articles savants, des communications et une thèse de maîtrise.

Volet : Séminaire

THE 5520 Épistémologie des études théâtrales (3 crédits)

Étude des théories philosophiques et sociologiques issues de plusieurs disciplines depuis la littérature jusqu'aux sciences politiques telles qu'appliquées dans le champ des études théâtrales, de même que des théories issues du domaine des études théâtrales lui-même. Survol des écrits théoriques disponibles pour les chercheurs contemporains et développement d'un cadre théorique approprié aux recherches particulières des étudiants. Les étudiants seront aussi tenus de situer leurs propres recherches dans le contexte plus large des approches théoriques actuelles.

Volet : Séminaire

THE 5530 Dramaturgie (3 crédits)

La dramaturgie conçue en tant que point de départ de la représentation théâtrale. L'étude de l'art de la dramaturgie entendu comme l'analyse de la poétique du texte dramatique et de ses structures et normes spécifiques. L'étude des éléments importants du développement dramaturgique, et des théories qui s'y rattachent, dans une perspective à la fois historique et théorique. L'acquisition des compétences nécessaires pour la poursuite d'une carrière de dramaturge et de conseiller littéraire au sein d'une compagnie théâtrale professionnelle.

Volet : Cours magistral

THE 5540 Analyse de la représentation (3 crédits)

Étude des diverses formes de spectacles qui définissent les pratiques contemporaines telles que la performance, les beaux-arts, le théâtre hors des lieux de diffusion habituelle et le cyber-spectacle. Exercices de rédaction en vue de la production de travaux universitaires et professionnels. Étude des principaux éléments de l'événement théâtral dans une perspective historique et théorique.

Volet : Cours magistral

THE 5901 Production I / Production I (3 crédits / 3 units)

Encadré par un professeur ou un metteur en scène professionnel, chaque étudiant effectue une série d'exercices sur la mise en scène et travaille des scènes posant un problème spécifique de mise en scène afin de développer ses habiletés pratiques ainsi que ses capacités d'analyse. Noté S (satisfaisant) ou NS (non satisfaisant). / Students, under the supervision of faculty members, or a professional director, undertake a series of directing exercises and problem scenes designed to develop specific practical and analytical skills. Graded S (Satisfactory) / NS (Not satisfactory).

Volet / Course Component: Séminaire / Seminar

THE 5902 Production II / Production II (3 crédits / 3 units)

Encadré par un professeur ou un metteur en scène professionnel, chaque étudiant étudie et dirige une pièce en un acte ou une longue scène tirée d'une pièce. Noté S (satisfaisant) ou NS (non satisfaisant). / Students research and direct a one-act play or an extended scene from a full-length play under the guidance of a professor or professional director. Graded S (Satisfactory) / NS (Not satisfactory).

Volet / Course Component: Cours magistral / Lecture

THE 5903 Production III / Production III (3 crédits / 3 units)

Encadré par un professeur ou un metteur en scène professionnel, chaque étudiant étudie et dirige une pièce en un acte ou une longue scène tirée d'une pièce. Noté S (satisfaisant) ou NS (non satisfaisant). / Students research and direct a one-act play or an act from a full-length play with the guidance of a professor or professional director. Graded S (Satisfactory) / NS (Not satisfactory).

Volet / Course Component: Séminaire / Seminar

THE 5931 Séminaire de graduation I / Graduate Seminar I (3 crédits / 3 units)

Séminaire portant sur un aspect spécifique du processus de mise en scène et permettant des échanges fructueux relatifs aux problèmes qui se présentent aux étudiants dans le cadre de leur production. Les problèmes à traiter seront choisis parmi les suivants et varieront d'une session à l'autre : les traditions françaises et anglaises de la mise en scène; du texte à la scène; les collaborations au théâtre; les méthodologies de la mise en scène; le théâtre et les conventions; le théâtre et les autres arts; le théâtre et ses publics. La description du séminaire est disponible plusieurs mois à l'avance au Département. / Seminar focussing on a selected aspect of the directorial process and providing a forum for the discussion of problems and issues encountered in production work. Topics will vary from session to session and will be chosen from among the following: the French and English traditions of directing; from text to stage; theatrical collaboration; approaches to directing; theatrical conventions; theatre and the other arts; and the theatre and its audiences. A description of the specific seminar topic is available several months in advance from the Department.

Volet / Course Component: Séminaire / Seminar

THE 5932 Séminaire de graduation II / Graduate Seminar II (3 crédits / 3 units)

Séminaire portant sur un aspect spécifique du processus de mise en scène et permettant des échanges fructueux relatifs aux problèmes qui se présentent aux étudiants dans le cadre de leur production. Pour la liste des problèmes à traiter, veuillez vous référer à THE 5931 Séminaire I. / Seminar focussing on a selected aspect of the directorial process and providing a forum for the discussion of problems and issues encountered in production work. For a list of topics, please refer to THE 5931 Graduate Directing Seminar I.

Volet / Course Component: Séminaire / Seminar

THE 5933 Séminaire de graduation III / Graduate Seminar III (3 crédits / 3 units)

Séminaire portant sur un aspect spécifique du processus de mise en scène et permettant des échanges fructueux relatifs aux problèmes qui se présentent aux étudiants dans le cadre de leur production. Pour la liste des problèmes à traiter, veuillez vous référer à THE 5931 Séminaire I. / Seminar focussing on a selected aspect of the directorial process and providing a forum for the discussion of problems and issues encountered in production work. For a list of topics, please refer to THE 5931 Graduate Directing Seminar I.

Volet / Course Component: Recherche / Research

THE 5934 Séminaire de graduation IV / Graduate Seminar IV (3 crédits / 3 units)

Séminaire portant sur un aspect spécifique du processus de mise en scène et permettant des échanges fructueux relatifs aux problèmes qui se présentent aux étudiants dans le cadre de leur production. Pour la liste des problèmes à traiter, veuillez vous référer à THE 5931 Séminaire I. / Seminar focussing on a selected aspect of the directorial process and providing a forum for the discussion of problems and issues encountered in production work. For a list of topics, please refer to THE 5931 Graduate Directing Seminar I.

Volet / Course Component: Cours magistral / Lecture

THE 5952 Analyse formelle de la préproduction / Formal Pre-Production Analysis (3 crédits / 3 units)

Les étudiants doivent préparer une analyse détaillée de la pièce retenue pour leur production finale comprenant une analyse historique et dramatique, une étude de la place qu'elle tient dans l'oeuvre de l'auteur, une proposition détaillée de la mise en scène, en plus d'une bibliographie critique des travaux qui se rapportent à la pièce et à la production. / Students prepare a substantial analysis of the play chosen for their final production, including a historical and dramatic analysis, a study of the play's place within the author's oeuvre, a production history and a detailed production concept, as well as a critical bibliography of works pertaining to the play and to the production.

Volet / Course Component: Recherche / Research

THE 5997 Lectures dirigées en théâtre I / Directed Readings in Theatre I (3 crédits / 3 units)

Volet / Course Component: Cours magistral / Lecture

THE 5998 Lectures dirigées en théâtre II / Directed Readings in Theatre II (3 crédits / 3 units)

Volet / Course Component: Cours magistral / Lecture

THE 6001 Production finale / Final Product (6 crédits / 6 units)

L'étudiant dirige une pièce. Après la production finale, l'étudiant présente une analyse de la préparation, des répétitions, de la représentation et de la réception de son spectacle. Noté S (satisfaisant) ou NS (non satisfaisant). / Students direct a full-length play. After the production they will submit a post-production analysis of the preparation, rehearsal, performance and reception of the play. Graded S (Satisfactory) / NS (Not satisfactory).

Volet / Course Component: Recherche / Research

THE 6901 Stage / Directing Practicum (3 crédits / 3 units)

Chaque étudiant fait un stage à titre d'observateur auprès d'un metteur en scène aguerri dirigeant une production professionnelle. À la fin du stage, l'étudiant présente un rapport détaillé et une analyse du processus de mise en scène auquel il a participé. Noté S (satisfaisant) ou NS (non satisfaisant). / Students observe a senior director mount a professional production. At the conclusion of the production, the student will submit a detailed record and analysis of the directorial process in which they have participated. Graded S (Satisfactory) / NS (Not satisfactory).

Volet / Course Component: Recherche / Research

THE 6990 Proposition de thèse / Thesis Proposal

Les étudiants doivent s'inscrire à THE 6990 au plus tard au cours de la deuxième session d'inscription au programme et avoir terminé le cours à la fin de la troisième session. Dans le cadre de ce cours, les étudiants effectuent des lectures intensives d'ouvrages dramaturgiques et théoriques directement reliés à leur domaine de recherche et rédigent leur projet de thèse sous la direction de leur directeur de thèse. Le projet de thèse doit être défendu devant le Comité des études supérieures et le directeur de thèse. L'étudiant dont le projet n'est pas accepté lors d'une première défense peut à nouveau présenter un projet à la session suivante. Si le projet n'est pas approuvé lors de la deuxième soumission, la note NS (non satisfaisant) sera attribuée pour le projet et l'étudiant sera retiré du programme. Le cours est noté S (satisfaisant) ou NS (non satisfaisant). / Students must enroll in THE 6990 no later than the 2nd session of registration in the program and complete it by the end of the third session. They read works, both dramaturgical and theoretical, directly related to their thesis topic, and prepare their thesis proposal under the guidance of their thesis adviser. The proposal must be defended before the Graduate Studies Committee and the student's supervisor. A student whose proposal is not accepted may submit and present a second proposal in the following session. Failure to obtain approval on the second attempt leads to a grade of NS (Not satisfactory) for the proposal and results in compulsory withdrawal from the program. The course is evaluated on an S (Satisfactory) / NS (Not satisfactory) basis.

Volet / Course Component: Recherche / Research

THE 6999 Thèse de maîtrise / Master's Thesis (12 crédits / 12 units)

Volet / Course Component: Recherche / Research

Préalable: THE 6990 / Prerequisite: THE 6990