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Department of Theatre

The Department of Theatre at the University of Ottawa is founded on the belief that theatre research and theatre practice can and should exist side by side. Strong theoretical knowledge and sound practical experience influence one another and lead toward greater creative undertakings in whichever facet of theatre students choose.


The Department of Theatre at the University of Ottawa believes:

Tomorrow’s theatre artists will combine rigorous intellectual skills with outstanding artistic technique.
The best theatre and the best research are products of both “thinking” and “doing”.
Curiosity and risk-taking are the muscles of creativity.
Because of these beliefs, studying theatre at the University of Ottawa is based on an exposure to many branches of the humanities, fine arts and business. The study of theatre is an exposure to world literature, philosophy, history, epistemology, languages, creative writing and visual arts. The study of theatre is an exploration of performance theory, textual analysis, directing, acting, creative writing, graphic design, set, lighting and prop design, carpentry, costuming, movement and dance as well as business management, budgeting and administration.

Unique to our school, the study of English and French language theatrical traditions enriches the acquisition of knowledge by proposing different solutions and approaches to similar questions.

A careful blending of practice and theory allows the Department of Theatre to prepare students to become the most sought after artists and intellectuals in the field.

Regardless of where life takes you, a comprehensive practical and intellectual training in the Department of Theatre will serve you well. The best and most forward thinking organizations are seeking creative and critical thinkers, team players and builders, and those who understand the balance between the inspiration of ideas and the pragmatics of implementation.

The Theatre Department at the University of Ottawa is seeking the most motivated, ambitious and talented students in the country who are willing to be unlimited in the pursuit of knowledge and craft in the aim to become tomorrow’s theatrical artists and creative leaders.

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Application Deadline: April 1st, 2023

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The Department of Theatre offers programs that introduce students to the practice and study of theatre in all its facets, from acting, directing, and design to criticism and dramaturgy.

The programs integrate the dominant English and French theatrical traditions; this complementary approach encourages students to explore both traditions.

Students are encouraged to participate in the Department's many productions.

Events at the Department of Theatre

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Theatre performance
Theatre performance
Mar 24 to Mar 28


The Department of Theatre Presents: Humanité-Untamed: An adaptation of "Misère et dialogues des bêtes" by Jean-Marc Desgent and "Là où fuit le monde e…
Theatre performance
Une nuit arabe
Theatre performance
Feb 25 to Feb 29

Une nuit arabe

The Department of Theatre Presents: Une nuit arabe.
Theatre performance
Theatre performance
Nov 26 to Nov 30


Yukonstyle by Sarah Berthiaume. Directed by Anne-Marie White.
Laurence Latreille
Student voices

“The theatre and psychology programs at the University of Ottawa opened my eyes and mind to a world that I didn’t know existed.”

Laurence Latreille

— BA Theatre 2016

Contact us

Department of Theatre

135 Séraphin-Marion, room 207
Ottawa ON Canada K1N 6N5

Tel.: 613-562-5761
Fax: 613-562-5993
[email protected]

Office Hours

Monday to Friday
8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(June to August: closed at 4 p.m.)

Academic assistants

Undergraduate studies
Simard Hall, room 128
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Graduate studies 
Desmarais Hall, 8th floor
613 562-5800 ext. 5439
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