Theatre

St. Thomas University offers multiple avenues for theatre education and participation. Students are free to take theatre courses in both the English and Fine Arts departments, attend workshops and guest lectures, and engage in extra-curricular theatre activity with campus companies.

Courses

English Courses

For students interested in practicing and studying theatre, the Department of English Language and Literature offers specialized courses in acting and theatre production, directing, and dramatic literature. Students may apply these courses to a Major in English with a Concentration in Drama and an Honours in English with a Concentration in Drama.

Fine Arts Courses

For students interested in pursuing conservatory-style Musical Theatre and Film training, the Department of Fine Arts offers students courses in musical theatre, singing, dancing, acting for film, and film production. Students may apply these courses to an Interdisciplinary Major or Minor with a concentration in Fine Arts and an Interdisciplinary Honours.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Theatre St. Thomas

Theatre St. Thomas is STU’s flagship extra-curricular theatre company. Producing theatre for over 60 years, TST has been at home in the Black Box Theatre since 1993. Working under the direction of STU faculty and staff, students act and work backstage alongside fellow students, STU alumni, and members of the Fredericton theatre community to learn and develop their stage skills in a fun and enriching experiential, cross-disciplinary environment. Recent productions include Tirso de Molina’s The Trickster of Seville; Whittaker and McKenzie-Mohr’s No White Picket Fence; Euripides’ The Bacchae; Hollingsworth’s Trudeau and the FLQ; Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew; Griffith, Ross, and Whittaker’s Rabbit-town; and Michel Marc Bouchard’s The Coronation Voyage.

St. Thomas Early English Drama Society

St. Thomas Early English Drama Society (STEEDS) is a student-run extra-curricular theatre company. Recent productions include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, and The Importance of Being Earnest.

Workshops/Guest Lectures

Students have the opportunity to train with, and to attend lectures and play readings from, visiting theatre artists and scholars. Recent guests have included playwright/director/actor Meiko Ouchi, improv artist/comedian Marcel St. Pierre, and choreographers Darryl Tracy and Lesandra Dodson.

Contact Information

For information about English courses and Theatre St. Thomas, contact:

Dr. Robin C. Whittaker
Advisor for Drama, Department of English Language and Literature
Artistic Producer, Theatre St. Thomas
Edmund Casey Hall Room 206
Email: rwhit@stu.ca

For information about Fine Arts Musical Theatre courses, contact:

Tania Breen,
Professor of Musical Theatre
Email: breen@stu.ca

For information about St. Thomas Early English Drama Society, contact:

Dr. Andrea Schutz
Advisor for St. Thomas Early English Drama Society, Department of English Language and Literature
Edmund Casey Hall Room 319
Email: schutz@stu.ca

For technical information, contact:

Chris Saad
Technical Director
James Dunn Hall Room 10
Email: saad@stu.ca
Phone: 506-453-7210