Your time at university will be defined by the traditions you become part of, and at Cape Breton University, our finest and longest-standing tradition is drama.

For almost half a century, CBU students, faculty, alumni, and members of the community have come together to stage unforgettable productions of classic works, groundbreaking modern plays, and brand new scripts. Over the past two decades, this theatrical energy has inspired our academic offerings.

Today, we showcase an wide range of courses in the practical aspects of drama, including performance-based courses like acting and movement, as well as behind-the-scenes work like stage management and playwriting.

While learning how plays function in the live theatre, you can also dig in to the long tradition of dramatic literature, from the earliest Greek tragedies, to Shakespeare, to modern Canada – and much more.  In fact, CBU offers a wider range of dramatic literature courses than any English program in Canada.

Come join us at CBU as a student of theatre arts —  full-time or part-time, for a degree or a certificate. You’ll find a wide range of courses and the kind of personal experience you won’t find anywhere else.

Program Options

CBU offers a minor in Drama and a Major in English with a Specialization in Dramatic Literature. We also offer a certificate in Theatre Arts.

Arja Vainio-Mattila
Dean, School of Arts & Social Sciences

Office: B212

Phone: 563-1354

Mary Keating
Associate Dean, School of Arts & Social Sciences / Assistant Professor, English

Office: CC-222

Phone: 902.563.1623

Lynn MacEachern
Assistant to the Dean, School of Arts & Social Sciences

Office: B212

Phone: 902.563.1261

Sherry Spracklin
School Secretary

Office: CC-275

Phone: 902.563.1258