Have you always been drawn by the stage and the rush of performing in front audiences, being behind the scenes in production, or simply being an audience member mesmerized by the beauty and magic of theatre. By majoring in Drama Studies, you will explore the various faces and dimensions of theatre and the dramatic arts. Offered by York’s Glendon Campus, it is the only fully integrated bilingual campus in Canada, offering you the opportunity to expand your career options by performing in either French or English on stage. You will study under experts as you explore drama from both the literature and performance perspectives and get hands-on experience in professional production.
Below is a sample list of some future choices to explore following studies in Drama Studies. This list is not exhaustive but it provides a solid idea of what fellow graduates have gone on to do and what potential careers a Drama Studies degree can offer. Some options are more directly associated with specific areas of Drama Studies than others.
- Community Centre Instructor
- Drama Editor
- Drama Teacher
- Event Planner
- Fundraising Coordinator
- Government Agency Worker
- Guidance Counsellor
- Human Resources Specialist
- International Drama Company Director
- International Development Worker
- Theatre Journalist
- Magazine Contributor
- Media Correspondent
- Museum Curator
- Non-Profit Organization Director
- Production Crew Member
- Social Program Director
- Speech Writer
- Stage Manager
- Television Series Producer
- Theatre Company Director
Some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) or the National Occupational Classification website.
Skills Developed through a Drama Studies Degree
A background in Drama Studies ensures that you develop the skills and mindset to tackle many different professional challenges. Here are just a few of the skills a Drama Studies degree can help you develop:
Core Drama Studies Skills
- Ability to analyze and critically assess various types of dramatic works, their intended message, meaning, and interpretation on stage.
- Confidence on stage and an ability to express yourself and your artistic abilities as you apply classroom theory to professional demands.
- Ability to study and perform in two official languages, allowing you to widen your professional scope after graduation.
Communication, Data Gathering and Organizational Skills
- The ability to present your thoughts clearly and intelligently in written statements and written opinion pieces
- Deduction of information from various sources and the ability to concentrate on relevant resources
- The ability to learn new information and apply this to professional demands
- The capacity to critically analyze problems, think creatively and make sound decisions while considering different sides of an argument
- The skills to collect various types of information, assess them, analyze and incorporate potential linkages from different fields, put them into writing and efficiently convey your message and the goal of your work
Management and Teamwork
- The ability to interpret and analyze information presented by peers and efficiently and constructively support or challenge their proposals, theories, ideas and reports in order to achieve a project’s intended and successful end result
- Skills enabling you to work effectively in group situations, partaking in decision-making, leading and contributing in various capacities to the ultimate success of the team and task
- The ability to debate, persuade, mediate and present your thoughts and opinions to others, as well as the capacity to recognize and incorporate other potential solutions or applications to given problems
- The capability to identify priorities and proper courses of action, to plan the execution of tasks and to determine and delegate responsibilities to group members to most effectively carry out projects
Professional Associations and Organizations
Knowing the industry and how to excel in it after receiving a degree are key elements of future success. University study sets up the building blocks you will need to develop and enhance your understanding and knowledge in your career. Being part of a professional organization or network and gaining further insight through training are excellent ways of increasing your knowledge of the field. The following is a selection of organizations related to the field of Drama Studies that you may want to visit as you research career options for Drama Studies graduates.
- Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (www.pact.ca)
- Canadian Actor’s Equity Association (www.caea.com)
- Playwright’s Guild of Canada (www.playwrightsguild.ca)
- Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators (http://code.on.ca)
- York University and Glendon Campus Drama Studies websites:
(http://futurestudents.yorku.ca/program/drama_studies) and (http://www.glendon.yorku.ca/dramastudies/)