Sock ‘n’ Buskin Theatre Company is committed to nurturing creativity, fostering collaboration, and championing diversity across our productions. Through explorations of both modern and timeless themes, we are dedicated to encouraging artistic development and a lifelong love of theatre in our community. 


“Sock” and “buskin” are terms from ancient Greek theatre. The buskin was a high-heeled boot worn by tragic actors, and the sock was a soft-soled slipper used in comedy. The phrase “sock and buskin” is sometimes also used to refer to the tragedy and comedy theatre masks. 

At SnB, we feel very connected to our history. Founded in 1943, Sock ‘n’ Buskin is both Carleton University’s oldest club and Canada’s oldest student-run theatre company. We take pride in our role as a stepping stone into the theatre industry, and we are so honoured that so many SnB alumni (like Dan Akroyd!) have gone on to make waves in the performing arts. 

With 80 seasons behind us, we are excited for SnB to continue to grow, and we look forward to many more seasons in the future!


Every year, we mount three productions both on- and off-campus that vary greatly in style and content. Historically, SnB has produced plenty of Shakespeare and other classical theatre, but also many modern plays. Recent shows include Murder on the Orient Express, The Outsiders, and Macbeth

Students have the opportunity to join the company in a number of capacities. From stagehands to on-stage roles, from directors to ushers, Sock ‘n’ Buskin has opportunities for anyone who wants to contribute to our community and shares our love of theatre, no matter their level of experience. 

If you’re interested in working with Sock ‘n’ Buskin, send us an email at snbtheatre@gmail.com or reach out through our social media. We’d love for you to share your talents with us, and we’re so excited to hear from you!


Sock ‘n’ Buskin is run by two Artistic Directors and a board of dedicated student volunteers. Both the board and Artistic Directors are chosen by internal election. The board performs the company’s day-to-day functions, such as creating show posters, running our social media, overseeing the budgets, organizing events, and much more. The Artistic Directors oversee the organization in both a creative and administrative creative capacity, securing both our short-term and long-term goals. 

For more information about Sock ‘n’ Buskin as an organization, refer to our Governance page.