Global Contemporary Performance: Sibiu International Theatre Festival

THTR 440x | 3 credits

About the program

Leaders: Leora Morris and Patrick Rizzotti,  Department of Theatre and Film

Date: The course will run from June 21 to July 4, 2022 (Romania), with 5 x 3-hour seminars held before departure, to be scheduled based on participants’ communal availability.  

Topic: We will prepare for and attend the 10-day FITS (Festival International Theatre Sibiu) in Sibiu, Romania. While there, students will have a chance to immerse themselves in an international performing arts festival where they will see, study, and discuss specific performance works created by celebrated artists from around the world

Locations visited: Vancouver, Romania (Bucharest, Sibiu)

Funding: All qualifying students will receive a $1,000 Go Global Award

About the course

For ten days each June, the small Romanian town of Sibiu hosts the world’s 3rd largest performance festival, FITS (Festival International Theatre Sibiu) featuring roughly 500 works of theatre, dance, circus, opera, and music from 70 countries. Many of the world’s most celebrated contemporary theatre and dance artists (for example, Ariane Mnouchkine, Lev Dodin, Akhram Kahn, Thomas Ostermeier, Hideki Noda) present works at FITS that profoundly influence and transform the landscape of contemporary performance - and many of these artists never tour their work to Vancouver. This course will place students in a direct, live encounter with performances from around the world in one ten-day sprint. 

In addition to analyzing the work onstage, students will be encouraged to consider how the context of creation (including the artist’s biography, and the political, social, and artistic landscapes of their place of origin) informs the artwork, and how the international festival context impacts the student’s experience and evaluation of the piece. This collision of artistic work from around the world will broaden students' experience of contemporary performance and allow them to see their own personal practices and/or performance conventions more clearly and in context. 

Experience in the field 

Before departure, we will spend time sharpening our skills as observers of an artistic work, developing our abilities to simply notice and comprehensively describe what constitutes a given work. The majority of our preparation will focus on a close study of 7-8 major artists being presented in the festival that year, in anticipation of viewing, deconstructing, and analyzing performances of the work they present at FITS. Once onsite in Romania, our focus will shift to developing critical practices of speaking and writing about artistic work in multiple modes and with different audiences in mind. Teaching sessions will involve analysis and discussion of the previous evening’s performance and group presentations about the artist whose work we will be seeing that day. They may also involve workshops with guest artists, guest speakers, attendance at FITS panels, etc. 

While students will be required to see 8 common productions, they will also have the time and opportunity to see many other independent performances and panels. If they choose to, students will have an opportunity to share the critical writing and creative output that they generate in their assignments and final projects on a course website that is available to the public. 


Pre-departure seminar series (5 x 3-hour seminars scheduled sometime between March-June 2022, scheduled based on communal availability, possibly a mix of in-person and online) 

  • June 21, 2022 Students arrive Bucharest, welcome dinner 
  • June 22, 2022 Bucharest tour, performance at RadU Stanca National Theatre 
  • June 23, 2022 Train to Sibiu, Sibiu orientation, group dinner 
  • June 24 to July 3, 2022 Sibiu - FITS (Festival International Theatre Sibiu) 
  • 3-4 hours teaching + performances daily 
  • 2 to 3 scheduled days off TBD based on performance schedule.
  • July 3, 2022 Wrap-up day, closing dinner 
  • July 4, 2022 Departures from Sibiu


Students will be housed within walking distance of all the festival venues, as well as an abundance of grocery stores, cafes, restaurants, etc. Likely in a hostel or dormitory-like setting.

Eligibility requirements

General Global Seminar requirements

  • You must have at least a 70% average in your most recent Winter Session of full-time studies prior to application 

  • You need to be a UBC student in good standing (e.g., not be under academic or non-academic discipline) to participate in a Global Seminar 

  • You should have full-time student status (as defined by your faculty) in the year prior to your Global Seminar 

  • You must maintain 70% average prior to your Global Seminar departure 

  • You must have completed or intend to complete the necessary (or equivalent) pre-requisite courses prior to Global Seminar start date 

  • Unclassified students will be considered on a case-by-case basis 

  • You will need to be accepted by the Program Director leading the Global Seminar 

  • You must be in your third, fourth, or final year of study. If you plan to complete your second-year requirements by the end of April 2022, you are eligible to apply.

Program-specific requirements

3rd year standing or above, or permission of instructors.  

How to apply

Application deadline 

January 27, 2022

  1. Log in to the Gateway online application program 
  2. Select “Search Experiences” and type "GSP" to explore Global Seminars programs 
  3. Upload the application form for your selected Global Seminar – see Application documents below 

*Please note that you can apply for up to a maximum of 2 Global Seminars*

Program fees and costs

Approximately CAD 3300- 3500  

Students are responsible for covering the cost of 3 credits of UBC tuition.

The final fee depends on the number of students in the program. Students do not pay the Go Global fee when applying to a Global Seminar. The Go Global fee ($415) is built into the Program Fee and is payable upon acceptance to the program. 

Global seminars refund policy

To withdraw from your program, you must contact Go Global by email to request a withdrawal.  You will not be charged until you officially accept your spot in the program.  Refunds cannot be issued after the program fee is charged to your SSC account. 

In the case of withdrawal, Go Global Award funding must be returned in full.

If you have questions, please connect with your Go Global advisor or email Go Global at

Pre-departure policy

Safety abroad

UBC is committed to preparing students for safe and successful international experiences. In order to achieve this, any student participating in a Go Global Program must complete the following:

Failure to successfully complete these and any other requirements may result in withdrawal from the Go Global Program.


If you are considering applying for a Go Global program and identify with having a disability or pre-existing health condition (mental or physical) which could impact your participation, or if you require academic accommodation, you can contact the following offices and meet with an Accessibility Advisor before the start of your program:

The Centre for Accessibility (Vancouver) 604 822-5844

Disability Resource Centre (Okanagan) 250 807-8053


You can contact Go Global by email, phone, in-person or virtually through Zoom.

Booking a virtual advising appointment

If you need to book an advising appointment, please email and provide an overview of the questions you have. Appointments will be held through Zoom or by phone.

Virtual drop-in advising is available on Tues, Dec 21 and Wed, Dec 22 from 1 to 3 pm PST through Zoom.

In-person drop-in advising hours

Go Global offers in-person drop-in advising at the UBC Life Building during the times below:

  • Tuesday: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

January Hours

Go Global will hold virtual reception hours on Tues, Jan 4 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am PST and 1 pm to 3:30 pm PST through Zoom.