Theatre Department of The University of Ottawa
The University of Ottawa offers graduate courses in theatre: The Master of Fine Arts (Directing), first accepted in 2004 and The Master of Arts in Theatre, accepted in 2008. The first partial review of the MFA (Masters Of Fine Art) was conducted in 2006 and the second in autumn 2014. The 2014 review covers 8 years of activity from autumn 2006 till autumn 2014.
The existence of two graduate programs, the MA in Theatre (Theory and Dramaturgy) and the MFA in Theatre (Directing), shapes a unique learning environment within Canada’s capital city where the students have the opportunity to study in both French and English. The candidates interact on many levels; students share two seminars, Dramaturgy and Theory of Performance, enabling the students to collaborate on both academic and practical projects.
The Graduate Programs in Theatre promote the exchange between the professional theatre community, faculty and students by offering connections to professional theatre critics, contemporary theatre research and practical apprenticeships. Both of the programs are for 2 years, full-time.
MFA in Theatre (Directing)
In Canada the professional theatre-directing program is the MFA in Theatre (Directing) such as the one at the University of Ottawa. The program looks at the two principal theatre cultures in Canada. The course also makes the students question their sense of aesthetic diversity by exposing them to contrasting approaches to directing.
Masters of Arts in Theatre
This program is 2-year full-time research degree consisting of course, and a dissertation. This degree provides the chance for students to develop their analytical, critical and scholarly skills by spiking interest into doctoral studies. The program encourages the analysis of the Western world’s principal theatrical traditions from various perspectives. Students are too increase their knowledge on Canada’s two principal theatre traditions as well as researching them. The MA (Masters) offers two dissertation options: The traditional MA Monograph Thesis and Medieval and Renaissance Students.
There are three theatre programs offered to undergraduate students: Honors BA with Specialization in Theatre, Major in Theatre and Minor in Theatre. These three courses of study allow the students to explore a vast range of theatre studies and gives the students a gateway into creative expression. The Department teaches nearly every aspect of theatre there is from acting/directing to arts administration. By providing such a wide variety of course the department lets the students decided on how their degree will be structured. There are many opportunities for the undergraduate students to get involved with practical work as there are two major theatre companies and three student companies working with the department to generate up to thirty original productions a season.
Aims and Hopes of The Department
The Department of Theatre at Ottawa University sets out to combine theoretical knowledge and practical learning.
The aspiration for the department is to create artists who not only have originality but also have the intellectual relationship with the work they produce. This comes from the need for the department to prepare their students for fulfilling careers in the future that could be in the art but are applicable in any workspace. The Globe and Mail website produced an article about Art Graduates are best prepared for the unexpected by Antonia Maioni where the new style of Canadian Universities are discussed especially going into detail that students can pick and choose their course from extremely creative to more of the standard subjects. This results in the students being able to create their own degree that fits with modern day like by combing innovative research and transformative experimental learning; from these way of learning Ottawa University produces well- rounded, imaginative and analytical thinkers. All these aspects consequences in a career prepared graduate. (Please see article in Reference Section)
Studying Theatre at Ottawa University is about being curious and risk taking which exercises the creative muscles. The use of these creative muscles enables the students of to branch out to humanities, the arts and business. On the Department of the Theatre University page is points out that regardless of that career path a student end up taking a comprehensive practical and intellectual training in Theatre will benefit any student. https://arts.uottawa.ca/theatre/en/about
There is 5 compagnies in the Department of Theatre: Drama guild, la comédie des deux rives, Le théâtre de la licorne, unicorn theatre and theatre 100
There's two theatres in the Department of Theatre of the University of Ottawa
The main stage where we can welcome between 170 and 185 people. The shows presented there are mainly shows directed by invited directors or MFA students.
A black box where we presents differents shows from MFA exercises to directing classes projects to invited directors shows, etc.
List of Recent Productions (by season)
|2008-09||Brecht on Brecht||Bertolt Brecht||John Koensgen|
|Don't Blame the Bedouins||René-Daniel Dubois||Kevin Orr|
|Rosenerantz & Guildenstern are dead||Tom Stoppard||Liz Truchnowicz|
|Restoration||Edward Bond||Rebecca Benson|
|2009-10||Our Country's Good||Timberlake Wertenbaker||Arthur Milner|
|Mourning Becomes Electra – The Haunting||Eugene O’Neill||André Perrier|
|Woyzeck||Georg Büchner||Tibor Egervari|
|Les amis||Kobo Abe||Jean-Stéphane Roy|
|2010-11||Red Noses||Peter Barnes||Lib Spry|
|Sainte-Carmen-de-la-main||Michel Tremblay||Francois Grisé|
|2011-12||The Jew of Malta||Christopher Marlowe||ibor Egervari|
|Three Sisters||Anton Chekhov||Peter Froehlich|
|2012-13||If We Were Birds||Erin Shields||André Perrier|
|Princess T||Daniela Fischerova Translated by Ivana||Hélène Ducharme|
|Projet Laramie||Moises Kaufman et le Tectonic Theatre Projet||Gill Champagne|
|Princess Ivona||Witold Gombrowiez||Ekaterina Shestakova|
|2013 - 2014||Jeu de Massacre||Eugene Ionesco||Sariana Monette-Saillant|
|The bald Soprano||Eugene Ionesco||Martin Glassford|
|2014-15||The Last Days of Judas Iscariot||Stephen Adly Guirgis||Dragana Varagic|
|Viol||Botho Strauss||Miriam Cusson|
|The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade||Peter Weiss||James Richardson|
|La Charge de l'Orignal Épormyable||Claude Gauvreau||Guy Beausoleil|
|2015-16||Love’s Labour’s Lost||William Shakespeare||Catriona Leger|
|Les reines||Normand Chaurette||André Perrier|
|Pool (No Water)||Mark Ravenhill||Pamela Feghali|
|2016-17||Attempts on her life||Martin Crimp||Peter James Haworth|
|La Locandiera||Carlo Goldoni||Nick Van Burek|
|Le Chant du Dire-Dire||Daniel Danis||Charlotte L. Desmarais|
|The Mariage||Nikolai Gogol||Nicholas Leno|
|2017-18||Ismene||Micheal Geither||Daniel Mroz|
|Testament||Vickie Gendreau||Anne-Marie Ouellet|
|Caravan of Illusions||Alcione de Araujo||Ludmylla Reis|
|2018-19||By-Products.D.Rivé||Les Poids Plumes, Even Gilchrest, Emily Seguin||André Perrier|
|The Small Room at the top of the Stairs||Carole Fréchette||Milena Buziak|
|Molière Impromtu||Molière||Jean-Stephane Roy|
|Antioche||Sarah Berthiaume||Kariane Lachance|
Name:University of Ottawa Department of Theatre