University of Calgary School of Creative and Performing Arts, Drama

School of Creative and Performing Arts

Why Creative and Performing Arts?

Our aim is to reimagine artistry for the 21st century through a careful balance of tradition and innovation. We explore both disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives on dance, drama and music. We engage with history and the contemporary world in order to become rigorously trained and intellectually agile.

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Dance at night 2019


Combine intensive studio training and rigour with experimentation. Inspire intellectual inquiry. Nurture your passion and share your love of dance with others.

Baby birds performance


Design your own program of study. Combine rigorous artistic creation with advanced academic inquiry.

UCalgary music students


Unleash your creativity and explore how ideas and emotions are communicated through sound. Experience focus, discipline, collaboration and independence.

Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall

University Theatre Services

See a show. Book a venue. Organize a conference. Get production assistance.

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News and Announcements

Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation 2024 Emerging Artist Recipient – Nicole Charlton Goodbrand, BA’07

School of Creative and Performing Arts dance alum Nicole Charlton Goodbrand, BA’07, honoured as the 2024 Emerging Artist Recipient (Dance)

Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation 2024 Emerging Artist - James Odin Wade, MFA’16

School of Creative and Performing Arts drama alum James Odin Wade, MFA’16, honoured as the 2024 Emerging Artist Recipient (Theatre)

Annual awards shine spotlight on UCalgary’s outstanding community members

2024 Calgary Awards and Calgary Black Achievement Awards recognize significant achievements

Class of 2024: Student helps people with cancer ‘dance for health’

Combined degrees in dance and kinesiology fuel Jolie Che’s passion to understand the experiences of people living with and beyond cancer

Landscape in Motion project celebrates Calgary landscapes through dance and landscape architecture

Collaboration between School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape and School of Creative and Performing Arts explores landscapes through lens of human body

In the media

In the News arch magazine

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love AI

In the News Melanie Kloetzel, SCPA, in CBC Homestretch

Dance Research Conference

In the News Marie France Forcier, SCPA, in CBC Radio-Canada

Quand les traumatismes psychologiques s'invitent dans la danse

In the News Rod T. Squance, SCPA (Music), in The Daily Courier

The skill and communication of musicians gives audience a thrill

In the News Christine Brubaker, SCPA, in Yahoo! News Canada

The theatre we want in 2040? We used 'strategic foresight' to plan on the Prairies

Mental Health Services, UCalgary

Mental Health Services

Seeking mental health support and improving your understanding of mental health can have a positive impact on your wellbeing. Book a one-at-a-time appointment with the embedded counsellor in the Faculty of Arts.

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