Drama
The best way to learn about theatre is to do it...

First year Drama students at Bishop’s University, get involved in plays from the beginning.

The department of Drama offers a program balanced between practical theatre and academic study of dramatic literature and theatre history. Our aim is to permit undergraduates to explore the subject as a liberal arts discipline and prepare them for graduate, professional, and conservatory schools.

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The department offers Major and Honours programs designed to expose students to all facets of theatre practice and study as well as provide them with the flexibility to orient their program towards a particular field of study: Dramatic Literature and Theatre History, Performance (acting, directing, and playwriting), and Production (technical, stage management, and design).

Program strengths

  • A 6 production season in 2 performance spaces
  • Committed Faculty with significant professional experience
  • Visiting artist program
  • 2 Student Festivals each year (New Plays and Theatre Activ)
  • Countless opportunities for involvement, backstage and onstage.

Popular courses

  • Concentration in performance with 3 levels of Acting followed by 3 full productions
  • 2 levels of Playwrighting and Directing
  • Senior seminar courses ie: Topics in Shakespeare, Contemporary Theatre Practice, and more !

Did you know ?

  • Student playwrights have the opportunity to see their scripts staged and student directors put theory into practice during our annual TheatreActiv student festival and bi-annual New Plays festival.
  • The New Plays Festival not only provides student writers with an opportunity to showcase their work, but also gives first year students the chance to become involved in a play almost immediately upon arrival at Bishop’s.

Where can this lead me?

Our graduates are involved in many careers, such as:

  • Directing, producing
  • Stage and studio management
  • Set design
  • Dance/choreography
  • Broadcasting
  • Performing artists

The Kotler Fund

Through the generous support of our alumni, Bishop’s Drama offers a wide variety of program enrichment activities.

In 1995 the family of independent filmmaker, Beth Kotler, (BA ’95, Drama Honours) generously donated $5,000 to the Drama Department. The interest generated from this fund helps to defray some of the expenses for students to see professional productions, attend special events or leave campus to do research related to production work.

The Drama Department invites other graduates of the program or friends of Bishop’s to make donations to the Kotler Fund so that the Department can continue to augment and develop its program to best meet the needs and interests of students. Such new contributions would not only enable the Department to increase the number of students able to go on these field trips, but also help the Department sponsor much-needed specialized workshops, professional development seminars or other worthy projects.

Anyone interested in supporting these causes or requiring further details about the Kotler Fund and development projects can contact:

Dr. Rebecca Harries
Email: rharries@ubishops.ca,
Phone: 819-822-9600 ext. 2386

Courses & Programs

New Concentration in Musical Theatre

Student Reps of 2020-2021

Mariane Jutras-Bouvette and Britt Jackson

Hey! We’re Mariane Jutras-Bouvette and Britt Jackson, your Drama Student Representative of 2020-2021. We’re incredibly excited to represent the students of Bishop’s University Drama this year. 2020 might be challenging, but we are all ready to take on this challenge and pursue our art at the same time. If you have any questions regarding the productions, classes, clubs etc. don’t hesitate to contact us at budd@ubishops.ca.

Featured Drama Graduate

Dakota Jamal WellmanDakota Jamal Wellman

Dakota Jamal Wellman is an actor and mentor currently based out of Tiohtià:ke (Montreal). Having grown up in small town Ontario, Dakota began his studies at Bishop’s University in 2010 – originally as a Biology student. However, after following his friend to the New Plays auditions, he realized he was in the wrong program. While at Bishop’s, Dakota worked on several productions, his favourite being “Pandemonium” – the collective creation project led by Mike Kennard. Dakota graduated in 2015 with a BA in Drama, and relocated to Montreal to participate in Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program. He has since performed with companies like Geordie Theatre, Young People’s Theatre, Repercussion Theatre, Tableau D’Hôte Theatre, and he has also worked with the National Theatre School of Canada. In 2017, Dakota was awarded the META for Outstanding Emerging Artist (Performance), and in 2018 he, along with Geordie Theatre/YPT, was awarded the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Production in the Theatre for Young Audiences category. Dakota has also been fortunate to work in the worlds of film and television, as well as voice. Currently, Dakota is working with Repercussion Theatre as an Artistic Associate, and he is also an acting mentor with Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program.

Guest Artist

Marianne AckermanMarianne Ackerman is a celebrated Montreal writer and theatre creator. Look for Bishop’s University Drama’s digital production of a revised version of L’Affaire Tartuffe or The Garrison Officers Rehearse Moliere to be released this December. Bishop’s University is thrilled to work on this important Canadian play and thanks Marianne who has been so generous with her time, including meeting our talented students cast.