Studies in drama and in the theatre form an integral part of Mount Allison's special mission and tradition in the fine and performing arts.

They also play a vital role in the University's overall efforts to provide a liberal education.

The best in theatre and drama allows us to rehearse alternative realities. It shows us new perspectives, challenges us, and touches us, as our lives and the issues we face are reflected back in new and surprising ways. It can change our lives and change our world.

Students involved in drama at Mount Allison are challenged to work creatively and resourcefully, solving problems and discovering and exploring new means of communication and expression — all within a co-operative collaborative environment that is intimate enough to allow special attention to the individual student.

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Course Highlights!


'A Look into the Inspiration of Ian McFarlane' ~ MtA's Resident Designer for Drama Studies, Screen Studies, and Popular Culture is featured in The Argosy's Arts & Culture: follow this link to read the article!

Screen Studies program

A minor in screen studies is now available. Find out more on the Courses and programs page or in the Academic calendar.


"Mount Allison Screen studies courses are a fun, interactive, and unique addition to your average course load. As someone studying both arts and sciences, I can confidently say that courses in screen studies have been an amazing way to decompress and take time in smaller groups to discuss something as relevant and exciting as film."

Kate McSweeney ('23)
Visual Literacy and Culture certificate
Visual and Material Culture Studies, minor in Biology
Toronto, Ontario


"I really enjoyed the variety in the films we watched, and the opportunity to analyze them critically with peers. If I weren’t graduating, I’d definitely take more screen studies courses and I’m so excited for future students who get to participate in screenwriting courses!!"

Lily Baker ('23)
Visual Literacy and Culture certificate
Classics, minor in History
Vancouver, British Colombia

Drama studies curriculum

In response to our mandate as an interdisciplinary program in drama studies within the liberal education focus on Mount Allison University, our curriculum focuses on breadth — introducing students to as many areas of the discipline as our faculty and staff are qualified to teach.

Our capstone independent theatre projects course (DRAM 4011 Advanced Theatrical Interpretation) allows students to gain a measure of advanced work in areas of interest, while our extensive theatre season means all students (both drama and non-drama) have ample opportunity to experience a wide range of skills: artistic, practical, academic, social, managerial, critical, and experimental.

All dimensions of drama work are fully contextualized in the broader degree structure, which means students are not only exposed to at least one other field in some depth through their minor subject, but also introduced to a multiple of complementary and distribution study areas.

Students' involvement with the interdisciplinary program in drama may evolve through the formal routes of the major or minor in drama or it may take the form of co-curricular or extracurricular activities in support of Drama program productions in the University's multi-functional Motyer-Fancy Theatre. Typically, a total of up to 10 shows are mounted every year, performed and crewed by students, with direction and design by a mixture of theatre professionals and senior students.

Participation in the Motyer-Fancy Theatre is open to all Mount Allison students, regardless of their chosen field of study.

Many Mount Allison graduates — both those who followed the formal path of major or minor, and others who worked on Drama Studies theatre productions as enrichment of their academic programs, have gone on to careers in acting, directing, theatre management, stage management, design, and playwriting, both in Canada and abroad.


Canadian Theatre Review, Spring 2023, cover image of a procession of a right whale puppet designed by Ian McFarlane (MtA's Resident Designer in Drama) at the 2018 River Clyde Pageant in New Glasgow, PEI

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Franziska Glen (‘16), Lily Falk (‘18) join forces to create theatre opportunities
Class of 2024 honoured at Last Lecture
The tenth annual Last Lecture, recognizing graduating students for their contributions to the Mount Allison and Tantramar communities, was held on March 26.
Drama and Screen Studies program premieres debut film
Mount Allison students explore filmmaking with a reimagined classic

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