As it wraps up a highly successful and rewarding year of performances, presented both virtually and in person, University of the Fraser Valley Theatre is excited to announce its 2022-23 season of Theatre. This season highlights original performances and innovative approaches to socially engaged theatre that will challenge and excite audiences in the Fraser Valley.
Ghosting of Sumas Lake (working title)
Directed by Dr. Michelle LaFlamme
The first production of the 2022-23 Season of Theatre will be an innovative forum theatre performance, directed by Dr. Michelle LaFlamme. Students will workshop and develop the script to create a short, original piece of theatre that addresses the impact of the 2021 floods and the COVID-19 pandemic. The process will involve generating content based on how these stories have impacted them, and affected their loved ones, and their communities. Forum theatre is a type of theatre that explores social justice and creates opportunities for change by having actors and spectators explore solutions to social problems. This performance will be open to UFV and the larger community with an invitation to engage with the themes of the play through forum theatre interventions, inviting audience members to think through the problems on the stage and generate solutions through improvisation!
Dr. LaFlamme is an Associate Professor in the UFV English department and has extensive training in forum theatre methods and the use of theatre for social change. Her research and teaching focus is in contemporary Canadian literature with a special interest in Indigenous theatre, literature, and performance.
The Laramie Project
Directed by Shelley Liebembuk
The Laramie Project is a modern classic. Created by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project, this verbatim theatre piece is constructed from the transcripts of over 200 interviews, conducted in the aftermath of the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man, in Laramie, Wyoming, in 1998. The piece reveals a community grappling with violence, responsibility, and healing; and showcases how theatre can be a brave space for us to engage with this together.
Shelley Liebembuk is an Assistant Professor at UFV Theatre. As an educator, Shelley’s focus is on praxis-based learning and inspiring creative and critical engagement in the studio and the seminar. Shelley’s theatre scholarship is informed by her professional work as an actor and dramaturg. Her current research projects are on contemporary multilingual performance ensembles and remote acting pedagogy.
Devised Theatre Showcase 2023
The Devised Theatre Showcase is the final project presented by UFV Theatre’s fourth year Devised Theatre class, and is a chance for students to apply everything they have learned in the course. Audiences can expect a brand-new production devised by students.