School of Creative Arts

Theatre

Graduate with an array of skills that employers—both inside and outside the arts—demand and that are essential for our knowledge economy that values collaboration, creative problem solving, communication skills, and flexibility.

Theatre doesn’t only teach you about theatre—how to read a script, hang lights, or stage manage a production—it also gives you transferable skills that prepare you for careers in a number of fields. For example, an acting class not only teaches you how to win every time you play charades, it also teaches you how to listen actively and effectively, to improvise in social situations, to perform in front of an audience (whether in a theatre, a meeting room, or a sales pitch), and to place yourself in another person's shoes empathizing with people whose situations are different from your own.

Theatre students typically pursue careers in the creative and performing arts, and in education, although many of our students also find satisfying work in diverse fields, including criminal justice, health care, and business.


Join a supportive community

Since 1980, UFV's Theatre area has offered a range of post-secondary theatre programs and produced a full season of theatre in the beautiful Fraser Valley. We offer a Bachelor of Arts - Theatre Major, a two year Theatre Diploma, an Associate of Arts Degree, and Theatre Minor and Extended Minors within the BA and BFA programs.

Our programs boast small class sizes, faculty and staff with extensive professional and academic credentials, academically rigorous courses, and the opportunity for students to develop creative skills and practical experience by working onstage and behind the scenes on productions.

Your theatre family

Our students always comment on the family atmosphere in the Theatre department. The Theatre Students Association, which has been recognized as an outstanding student society, organizes activities throughout the year to help new students adjust to university life and to remind all students that there’s more to university than just classes. One of our graduates told us how important the family atmosphere was: “I believe that the greatest strength of the program is the supportive community, which made it possible for me to try things I might never have dared, and to achieve more than I ever thought I could.”

Our theatre staff have extensive professional experience and they are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge with students. Staff take the extra time to mentor students and are committed to student learning.

Get practical experience

Gain practical experience employers want. Almost all our programs require students to work on a show during their time at UFV, but most of our students work on many more than that! Theatre practicums are central to what we do and provide our students with hands-on experience working in all areas of theatre, from house manager, to lead actor, to costume dresser, to props designer.

Our students learn about all aspects of theatre, from acting, to technical theatre, to performance history. We are proud that our graduates are well-rounded and prepared for careers ranging from backstage work, to theatre administration, to teaching, to performing in theatre or film.

Our students are information savvy – they know how to find and interpret information and how to share what they discover. Students not only learn how to incorporate research into term papers, but also apply research in practical ways, such as creating a role on stage, designing for a show, or producing informational materials for audiences. Our faculty are well-qualified to teach students about research because they are active researchers, conducting performance research to enhance their artistic activities and regularly sharing their findings in peer-reviewed publications.

University of the Fraser Valley Theatre and the School of Creative Arts are thrilled to announce the 2020-2021 season of Theatre. This season offers a diverse selection of original, classic, and contemporary plays. It also highlights exciting approaches to classic Canadian and world plays that will challenge and engage audiences in the Fraser Valley.

For more information, visit https://www.ufv.ca/plays/

Contact theatre@ufv.ca or call the box office at 604-795-2814.

 

UFV's Theatre department has been an amazing catalyst for growth. When I started in the theatre program, acting was my first love. But I got to try directing and designing, which now have an enormous place in my heart. Sometimes you don’t know what you love about theatre until you get the chance to try it — at UFV, anything is possible.

  • – Natasha Purnell
  •    UFV Theatre student

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