Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Assistant Professor, Acting: Matthew Thomas Walker

In July 2014, Dalhousie’s former departments of Music and Theatre joined together to form the Fountain School of Performing Arts. It is the only university performing arts school east of Montreal and brings a range of new opportunities to students of Music, Theatre and Cinema and Media Studies.


Dalhousie University

ACTING (BA with Honours)

The Acting Program at Dalhousie University is a dynamic and intensive professional actor training program. Offered as a four year BA with Honours, students audition for admission into the Acting Program. The training is progressive in nature and culminates in the students performing in four major productions. Classical and contemporary acting, voice and speech, dance and movement, devised theatre creation, audition technique and singing are among the subjects offered.


The Costume Studies program is unique in North America, and offers a four-year BA with Honours in Theatre (Costume Studies). The program has a strong historical focus on both theatre and museum work, and stresses applied skills, along with research and academic skills. The applied skills are taught using a conservatory approach, while the research and academic components are imparted through a more traditional university pathway. In this way, students achieve a well-rounded education, equally able to turn their hand to creating costumes from any historical period and for both genders, and to the kinds of problem solving which have come to be expected of graduates with a broad liberal arts education.


This is an intensive 4-year BA that combines both practical and academic study. Students are exposed to all aspects of technical theatre including set and prop construction, lighting and sound design, stage management and set design. Our graduates are working as designers, technicians, and stage managers on stages and film sets around the world!

THEATRE STUDIES (BA with Honours) Theatre Studies explores the entire breadth of theatre. From playwriting to performance analysis, directing to dramaturgy, Theatre Studies offers you the opportunity to examine theatre’s rich history, literature, and performance traditions. This academically oriented program of study will sharpen your critical thinking and strengthen your analysis skills. As a Theatre Studies student, you will polish your communication skills through engaged class discussions, creative research presentations, and imaginative writing projects. Theatre Studies graduates have gone on to teach, direct, and write about theatre. This degree will prepare you for a variety of professional and education degrees, and will also provide you with a strong foundation for graduate degrees in Theatre and Drama.


The Certificate in Dance and Movement introduces students to the broad context of dance as a performance art and to the various skills that encompass movement and dance techniques. Through both practical and theoretical studies, students will develop an understanding of dance composition and movement for the stage and will develop the vocabularies necessary to communicate in the field of dance and movement. This Certificate will be of interest to any Dalhousie or King’s student who wishes to expand their knowledge of Dance and Movement, gain foundational performance skills, and improve physical wellness.