Welcome to the Department of English and Drama. We offer three Image indicates that adjacent link to the right opens a new window English programs that are the same as those on the St. George campus and three Image indicates that adjacent link to the right opens a new window Drama programs unique to U of T Mississauga. Faculty expertise includes all literary forms; their historical, social and material contexts; literary and performance theory; theatre history; and creative writing. English and Drama is also the home of Image indicates that adjacent link to the right opens a new window Canadian Studies at UTM.

Choose a major in our department and you’ll be taught by internationally renowned critics, creative writers, theatre specialists, and scholars. Our degrees help you to develop exceptional skills as a writer, performer, researcher, critical thinker and communicator - opening up a wide range of careers. Many English and Drama graduates end up as lawyers, professional writers, actors, and teachers, but they also become fashion entrepreneurs, investment advisors, lab technicians, and even... Prime Minister (Justin Trudeau? He’s a BA in Literature). Our students are especially well-positioned for admission to advanced degrees in the Humanities, Law, Medicine, and Business, and by combining a major in a Science or Social Science with one in English or Drama you’ll give yourself an edge in any field.

"CUBAN: Don't go to school for finance -- liberal arts is the future." Business Insider.

"STEM is great, but here's why an English degree might be a smarter bet." TechRepublic.

"College or university? For many, the answer is both." Toronto Star.

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Creative Writing

The Department of English and Drama offers courses at 200 and 300 level in Creative Writing and Playwriting. We are currently moving a proposal for a new Minor in Creative Writing through the University of Toronto academic governance process. We hope to start offering this program in Fall of 2018, when we will have lots of new courses on offer as well. If you have questions, please get in touch with the Chair, Alexandra Gillespie, alexandra.gillespie@utoronto.ca


SUMMER COURSE at the Shaw Festival, Repertory Theatre in Practice DRE380 see details...


Recent Successes!

Congratulations to Distinguished Professor Mari Ruti for having been nominated for a Lambda Award for her book, The Ethics of Opting Out: Queer Theory's Defiant Subjects (Columbia UP, 2017) The Ethics of Opting Out.

Congratulations to Professor Liza Blake on being awarded a Folger Long-Term Fellowships 2018-19, view podcast.

Congratulations to Shalini Nanayakkara on being successful with her application for UTM's Undergraduate Research Competition for her project entitled Elemental Criticism: Manfred and Modern Fantasy.

Congratulations to Professor Larry Switzky on being awarded UTM's E.A. Robinson Teaching Excellence Award for 2017.

Congratulations to Maria Popa for being the recipient of the 2017 Harold Sunny Ladoo Book Prize for her submission of Poems.

Special Mention to: Shaquille Reynolds-Pottinger for her submission of Poems and Susana Correia for her synopsis entitled: "The Darkness Over Clay Hill" for the 2017 Harold Sunny Ladoo Book Prize

Congratulations to TDS grad Mercedes Morris who won the Douglas Campbell Award to Assist in the Creation of Theatre for her work with Act Out Youth Theatre at Stratford’s Tyrone Guthie Awards' event (Sept 2017).

Congratulations to Qasim Khan for winning the Jean A. Chalmers Theatre Training Award at Stratford’s Tyrone Guthie Awards' event (Sept 2017).

Congratulations to Mehak Kawatra winner of UTM's Founder's Medal, for top graduating student - all disciplines - this year. Mehak, we are so, so, so proud of you. It couldn't be more deserved. Click here for an interview with Mehak as she reflects on her time at UTM and in the Department of English & Drama.

Congratulations to Maria Popa, E&D graduate, for winning the E.A. Robinson Medal for the best student in the humanities at UTM. What an amazing achievement Maria, congratulations! We are all extremely proud.

Congratulations to Gabriela Caballero for being selected as The R.W. Van Fossen Award in English recipient for 2016-17.

Congratulations to Professor Terry Robinson for winning the Annibel Jenkins Prize for the Best Article in Performance and Theatre Studies and the Percy G. Adams Prize for the Best Article on an Eighteenth-Century Subject for her article "Becoming Somebody: Refashioning the Body Politic in Mary Robinson's Nobody."
Congratulations to Mehak Kawatra for being selected as a 2017 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award winner! Mehak has demonstrated great leadership potential and a commitment to making the U of T community a great place.