Co-op Program

Faculty of Humanities: Department of Dramatic Arts

Co-op Program

The Dramatic Arts Co-op program allows you to combine academic and work terms, and gain valuable work experience. As a co-op student, you will have a compressed study and work schedule using your spring and summer terms so that you can complete your co-op degree in just four years. You will complete two academic terms before beginning your first work placement.

Work terms are paid employment in the cultural sector or the educational part of the cultural sector from a job bank being developed by the Co-op Education office at Brock. Co-op work placements provide paid employment in such areas as backstage or in administration or educational offices of theatres; community television etc.

You must complete a minimum of three co-op work terms of twelve weeks minimum in accordance with the program's work-study schedule. These will be evaluated by the employer. All work terms must be completed prior to the final academic term.

Students who register in our Co-op programs will have received valuable and extensive training in the cultural sector, particularly the expanding educational aspect of it, before embarking on their formal careers.

A broadsheet about the Dramatic Arts Co-op program is available for download. (PDF, 45kb)

Please see the online calendar for the most up-to-date information about program requirements.

A recent article in the Globe and Mail written by Andrew D’Souza, chief operating officer of Top Hat, an active learning program that aims to improve student engagement using mobile technology and interactive simulations, offers advice to high-school students about to choose their undergraduate program: register in a program or university with a co-op program. Mr. D’Souza examined the many benefits of a co-op program, ranging from the development of a determined skill set and the accumulation of “meaningful” experience to the ability to determine that a particular job or career path is not, in fact, the path one wants to embark on. The interruption and variation to a possibly mundane classroom experience is also a key benefit of a co-op program, especially when shorter attention spans are focussed upon the learning opportunities. The knowledge provided by a co-op program can not only aid in gaining employment upon graduation but will also provide a higher degree of satisfaction with your undergraduate education.

With notes from the Academica Top Ten e-letter of June 19, 2013. Read the article in the Globe and Mail published June 17, 2013.


managing the Madness Manifest Conference (DART)
at Brock University, 2008

Managing the Madness Manifest (DART) conference at Brock University, 2008

Recent news

Elena Milenkovski, DART, worked as an intern with SummerWorks Performance Festival, Toronto.  The SummerWorks Festival is an 11-day festival spanning theatre, dance, live art and music that enables approximately 40 - 50 independent productions per year to be staged. SummerWorks supports work that has a clear artistic vision and explores a specific theatrical aesthetic. It encourages risks, questions, and creative explorations while insisting on accessibility, integrity and professionalism. Elena was very excited to add this experience to her resume. She proved to be an invaluable part of the team.  Her organizational skills, initiative and strong interpersonal skills aided the festival in marketing and gaining sponsors for the 2014 event.
@alesiadane @BrockCoop Ditto! We can't overstate our love for Elena and her significant contributions to #SW14.
Emi Forster, SummerWorks Performance Festival, August 19, Twitter

Three DART students worked at the Shaw Festival Theatre for the 2014 season.  Amanda McDonnell, Sarah Bradford and Alexandra Towne worked in various roles in the green room, box office and retail sections of the theatre. Dianne Gibbs, Human Resources Manager, felt that these students had the perfect combination of communication and interpersonal skills mixed with a love of theatre for these roles. 

Over the summer, there has been so much I have learned. My first few days at the theatre were overwhelming. Between the new computer program I had to learn and trying to figure out all the different shows, packages and special events that the Shaw offered, I was kept very busy and never thought in a million years there would be anyway I would ever be able to remember everything. Over these months there have been many valuable lessons I have learned.
I now know just how much work goes into running a theatre, from the box office, to membership, to all the inner workings of the productions that you see as a final product and all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes as well as on stage, I never in my entire life imagined that there was so much work behind the scenes. The time I have spent in box office has been amazing.
I have loved being able to work at a theatre that is as widely known and respected as the Shaw Festival and I have even gotten the chance to see a lot of the performances as well. I feel very privileged to have seen so many amazing performances such as Cabaret, Juno and the Paycock, Arms and the Man and The Philanderer, just to name a few!
    Alexandra Towne, Box Office, Shaw Festival DART

What are the special opportunities that DART Co-op students enjoy as part of the Co-op program?

During the Fall 2012 session our Co-op students participated in a series of special pre-employment course presentations.  Four of the presentations included guests from the profession and current senior students:

Student Panel, October 3
Nicole Titus, Kate Hardy, and Amanda McDonnell, all Senior Co-op Students, who spoke about their very busy participation in a variety of Dramatic Arts-related Co-op activities.

Industry Night, November 7
Professor Virginia Reh, Department of Dramatic Arts, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts Brock, University, who shared her experience and wisdom of her many years as a Theatre Professional.

Tips on Work Term Success, November 14* this was a session for all co-op programs
Steve Solski, Executive Director of the new St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre
Terri Donia, Project Manager Integrated Community Planning, Niagara Region, a key leader in the recent 2012 Cuture Capital of Canada designation and program for the Niagara Region
Padraic J. Foley, Commercialization Research Officer, Brock University
Jason Etherington, Manager, Financial Analysis - Forecasting & Analysis, Canadian Tire Financial Services

Mock Interview Night, November 21
Carolyn MacKenzie, Stage Manager, Brock Performing Arts Centre, a professional stage manager and also guest instructor for the Department of Dramatic Arts