Founded in 1943, Sock ‘n’ Buskin is Carleton University’s oldest running club. We’ve been the stepping stone for many into the theatre industry, and aren’t planning on stopping anytime soon. 

Our goal is to create a fun, inclusive, and supportive community at Carleton University for those that love theatre in any way, shape or form. Even actor Dan Aykroyd is among the many people who embraced their passion for theatre and community through Sock ‘n’ Buskin. 

Every year, we put on a number of performances on and off campus that vary greatly in content and style. Traditionally, SnB put on one musical and one Shakespeare, but has recently begun branching out. Recent shows include The Crucible, As You Like It, Sherlock Holmes and the West End Horror, God of Carnage, The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon and The Elephant Man. 

A lot of work goes into producing even one show, and that’s why Sock ‘n’ Buskin is supported by an executive board and has two Artistic Directors to oversee that everything gets done.

SnB Alum Dan Aykroyd


Sock ‘n’ Buskin is run by a panel of dedicated individuals that come from many different backgrounds, but come together for theatre.

The only reason that Sock ‘n’ Buskin is a success is because of the incredible students that create the community. From stage hands to one-line roles, from directors to ushers, Sock ‘n’ Buskin is compised of everyone who contributes to the community and shares our love of theatre and friendship. 

In order to organize and keep this community strong, SnB has developed a team of dedicated volunteers to comprise the Sock ‘n’ Buskin board, which is responsible for everything from selecting the yearly line up to printing posters, and organizing props. 

The board is elected at the end of each school year by the current board and the Artistic Directors. The two Artistic Directors work to oversee the organization of the season and guide the board members along the way, and are elected by the outgoing and incoming board members. 

Board members organize spaces, posters, volunters, finances, media and so much more, making them an integral part of bringing the community together. 


At the end of each school year, we begin accepting submissions for plays. Anyone can submit, but preference is given to Carleton Undergraduate Students. Once your show is submitted, it goes to every board member to review. In the summer, the board holds a meeting where the best combination of shows is considered and voted upon. Following this, the dates are chosen, auditions are scheduled, and the venues are booked. 

If you’re interested in working with Sock ‘n’ Buskin in some capacity, send us an email or reach out to us through social media. We’re here to help give you the opportunity to display your talents, and we’re so excited to hear from you.

The Buskin was a high-heeled boot used by the Roman and Greek actors to give elevation to the stature. Buskin was used in contradistinction to the sock (soccus), the flat-soled shoe worn by comedians; hence both terms came to be used to express the tragic and comic drama.

C. W. Allen, the History and Mystery of Common Things