Actors on stage

Theatre

Theatre is a four-year program, which includes introductory courses in the areas of Theatre Studies, Acting, and Technical Theatre, as well as practical participation in the department's productions. Subsequent years have a strong focus on Theatre Studies, the history, dramaturgy, and methods of the theatre.

Get experience at UBC

Building your career takes more than attending academic lectures. Get involved with research and complement your studies with relevant research and applied experiences. Whether you choose one of the experiences listed below or one of the many other great opportunities available, you’ll learn new things, make new friends, network, and set yourself apart. It all counts.

Go Global

Experience theatre in other countries and immerse yourself in other cultures and contexts. Go Global programs offers students the opportunity to study at one of 150 partner universities round the world.

Arts Co-op Program

Wondering how your analytical and writing skills might help you build a good career after graduation? Gaining paid, full-time, relevant experience through Arts Co-op will help you explore career options in fields such as non-profit (including social services), government, and the private sector across Canada and abroad. Graduate with at least 3, 4-month work terms, average cumulative earnings of $25,000, career skills and experience, and a network of professional contacts that will give you a competitive edge after graduation. 

Arts Internship Program

Build a career while you are studying through part-time, unpaid internships designed with Theatre students in mind. Exciting internships are being created at galleries, art festivals, theatre organizations, museums, and grass-roots organizations and non-profits. Find your passion, gain relevant experience, and unlease your creativity in a part-time internship this year. 

Community Based Experience and Learning (CBEL)

Work and learn in community settings to try new things and build skills in professional settings. Make a positive difference and challenge yourself in Community Based Experiential Learning courses, International Service Learning, Reading Week Project and grants to develop projects with community organizations. 

Student Directed Seminars

Student Directed Seminars allow senior undergraduate students to either participate in or initiate and coordinate small, collaborative, group learning experiences. 

Using your degree

Graduates of Theatre understand and can apply the principles of stage management, organizations, systems,a nd operations. Graduates learn to articulate the principles and history of the optical, distribution, and controls ystems in stage lighting. In addition, graduates are well prepared to produce technical drawings, plans, and basic maquettes of stage design.

Career possibilities

Arts Administrator

Commonly work for theatre organizations, festivals, galleries, museums, and educational institutions. Arts Administrators manage arts programs and activities such as theatre productions and art exhibits.

Casting Director

Casting Directors find and place talented people into productions, such as movies, radio, commercials, and plays. In order to cast actors into parts, Casting Directors read scripts, send out character descriptions to talent agencies, invite individuals for auditions, and conduct auditions.

Other Potential Careers

Artistic Director
Actor
Theatre Critic
Director
Acting Instructor for Youth
Stage Manager
Playwright
Publicist
Director
Dramaturge
Journalist
Producer
Production Assistant
Theatre Technician

Academic possibilities

This degree prepares students for further study in a variety of fields such as: 

  • MA Theatre
  • PhD Theatre
  • BEd (Drama)
  • MA Counselling/Drama Therapy
  • Journalism
  • Law

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