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The Department has a Study Abroad course, Theatre Studies in London, and is putting the finishing touches on Studies in Theatre Cities, which will complement our London course. Offered in alternating years, this course's location city will change. Centres explored wild include New York, Edinburgh, Dublin and Chicago, all vibrant cities with world-renowned theatre.

We've also participated in exchange programs with Masaryk University in the Czech Republic, and as far afield as Queensland University in Australia. Students and faculty have ventured abroad, teaching and studying over the years.


Theatre Studies in England
DRAMA 285.3 provides an opportunity to study plays, both classical and contemporary, now being performed on the London stage. Experience London and British theatre first-hand!

Part I: Saskatoon
The course begins with a week of lectures at the UofS, on topics such as:

Theatre history in London
Elizabethan theatre
Modern European theatre
West-End musical tradition
These topics will be discussed with special reference to the plays to be seen while in England.

Part II: London and Stratford

During our 12 days in England, students will see at least 8 plays of different types and will discuss productions of these plays, both as drama and as theatre. Workshops/ presentations by local experts will provide an ‘insider' perspective, while visits to several theatres, museums and historical sites add new dimensions to your learning.

In addition to eight days in London, we will be travelling to Stratford-upon-Avon to see a play at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and visit sites such as Shakespeare's birthplace, Hall's Croft, and New Place.


30 credit units of University study, including at least 6 credits in Drama and/or English. Applications will be welcomed from students not only in Drama and English but also from others who meet the prerequisites. Auditing students are also welcome.

Coordinator: Dwayne Brenna, Department of Drama

The London study abroad program draws on Dr. Brenna's knowledge of the London theatre. His academic area of specialization is the 19th and 20th century British theatre, and he did his postgraduate training in London at Royal Holloway, University of London. In addition to his teaching and administrative duties in the Dept. of Drama, he is very involved as a theatrical practitioner and scholar/ author.

Important Details: 2013 Program

April 30 - May 4, 2013 in Saskatoon
May 5 - 17, 2013 in England

Application Deadline: February 1, 2013
Early applications will be accepted and are encouraged due to enrollment limitations.

For more information, contact:

Dwayne Brenna
Department of Drama, John Mitchell Building, Rm. 193
Phone (306) 966-5185

email: dwayne.brenna@usask.ca


Application form

Submit applications to:

Andrea Eccleston
Program Office, Arts Building, Rm. 235 (in person Arts Building, Rm. 515)
Phone (306) 966-4194

email: andrea.eccleston@usask.ca


(a) UofS tuition: approx. $540.00 (individual registration & payment)

(b) Program fee: $1,740.00 (includes hostel accommodation in London and Stratford; transportation between London and Stratford; tickets to productions; out-of-country overhead)

(c) Air fare to London: est. $1,500.00 (participants will make their own individual flight arrangements)

(d) Other costs:

(transportation in London: estimate $150.00; travel & medical insurance; meals and personal expenses)

Payment schedule:

A $500.00 non-refundable deposit is due upon acceptance into the program. The remainder of the program fee ($1,240.00) is due by March 8, 2013. Program fee payments by money order or certified cheque only.

Financial Assistance

The first twelve paid for-credit registrants will receive a $500 travel study award, offered jointly by the College of Arts and Science and the Global Commons (students must file an application with the Global Commons). Arts & Science students may also apply for College study abroad awards. Deadline: April 1st. Application details may be obtained from the College Study Abroad website: http://students.usask.ca/goabroad

Get a taste of London

London is one of the world's greatest cities, known in particular for its rich cultural life. London has hundreds of theatres, large and small, world-famous and humble offering theatre options catering to every taste. Students will have opportunities to visit London cultural sites such as the National Art Gallery, Theatre Museum, and Victoria & Albert Museum. Take in some of its world-class museums, such as the Tate Modern Gallery and British Museum (and lesser-known attractions such as the Sherlock Holmes Museum). No first-time trip to London would be complete without visits to famous sites, such as Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, and St. Paul's Cathedral.

This group-study program offers a great introduction to England. Once you've been bitten by the London bug, you will want to come back to experience it again and again.


This is a study abroad course in Drama with a dual emphasis on theatre history and practical elements pertaining to the making of theatre (direction, acting, design, playwriting) in recognized theatre centres in North America and abroad.

This course is meant to complement our already existing Theatre Studies in London course (DRAM 285.3). The two courses will be offered in alternating years, with this course's location city to change yearly on a frequent basis (while DRAM 285 remains static with London as its base). Theatre cities and/or centres to explore would include (but not be limited to): New York, Toronto, the Stratford Festival (Canada), the Shaw Festival at Niagra-on-the-Lake, Chicago, the Guthrie Theatre in Minniapolis, Seattle, Prague, Edinburgh, and Dublin.

The motivation is that, given Saskatoon's relatively small size, this course will broaden students' theatrical and artistic horizons. And as it would be offered in alternating years with DRAM 285.3, it would also enable students from DRAM 285.3 to take both courses, and build on their previous experiences in a different location of study.

In addition to witnessing fine theatre productions, the students will visit (wherever possible) theatre archive museums (including those specific to theatre production, set, lighting, costume and sound design) as well as art galleries to enhance and develop their artistic aesthetic.

Course Format

The course will begin with five days of lectures, at the University of Saskatchewan, focusing on the theatre history of the designated city and on several genres of production on display there that season: Shakespeare, the European tradition, tragedy, comedy, musicals, ensemble works and collective creations, and contemporary offerings. Students and instructor(s) will then travel to the particular city (or cities, in the case of Toronto, Stratford and the Shaw Festivals, for example), for ten days in theatres, alternative venues/spaces/site-specific locations and other cultural facilities, to learn about the city (or cities) and its (their) theatrical tradition. While abroad, the students will view at least eight plays and/or performances and discuss them in daily hour-long seminars.

Major Topics Lectures (3 hours per day, for the 5 days on campus):

• an overview of the theatre history in that city;

• focus on a particular theatrical style characteristic of that city, and its rise to world prominence;

• modern theatrical forms in that city;

• the genesis of the companies and forms most particular to that city (e.g. Steppenwolf Ensemble and Second City Improvisational Troupe, both in Chicago); and

• a more detailed look at the forms, styles, and personalities/companies to be seen abroad.

Students and instructors will then travel to the location city for ten days in order to view plays, tour facilities, participate in workshops and attend lectures with professional actors, directors, designers and theatre historians there, as well as other cultural facilities. Students will view at least eight plays and discuss them in seminars.

Seminar Topics (1 per day, 10 days)

Each seminar will be a critical discussion of the previous evening's performance. The criteria by which the production and artists involved will be assessed, both individually and comparatively as the course proceeds, are:

• directorial style and specific directors' ouevres;

• variety in staging, stages and venues;

• performance style and its relation to venue;

• modern playwriting styles and themes represented during this season;

• trends in production: including those identified in set, lighting, sound, and costuming;

• history of the various theatres, venues, performance styles being observed.

Required Texts: will vary according to the theatre city and tradition(s) to be studied, and will always include the scripts (in translation wherever necessary) of the performances to be attended abroad.

Student Evaluation:

Test on lecture component of course (before travel) 10%

Reflective journalling, chronicling impressions abroad 20%

Term paper: review/production-related essay 50%

Participation in class/seminars/workshops 20%

Students will be given instruction at the beginning of the course in journalling techniques and in guidelines and expectations for a reflective journal. The students will be expected to record their reactions to specific elements (e.g. acting style, lighting, sound or set design, etc.) in the productions they have seen. Journalling questions will be provided by the instructor(s) and will integrate knowledge from at least two sources (normally, the printed play and the staged production). The journal will be handed in and graded at the end of the course