Your degree in Theatre Studies

Skills you’ll develop

While studying Theatre Studies, you’ll develop important skills while participating in departmental productions and taking coursework that combines theatre studies, acting, design, and production.

These skills may include:

  • Theoretical analysis of stage productions, drawing upon knowledge of theatrical history, contemporary culture, dramaturgy, and methods of theatre practice
  • Examining sets, costumes, lighting, and sound design while collaborating on Theatre at UBC productions
  • Articulating the principles and history of the optical, distribution, and control systems in stage lighting
  • Managing the stage and production elements of student projects including design, craftsmanship, technical direction, art direction, and others
  • Taking direction and collaborating with directors, crew, and other actors to convey characters and stories
  • Integrating improvisation, scene study, movement, and voice in performances
  • Receiving constructive feedback, reflecting, and implementing new ideas in order to elevate productions
  • Attending to detail expressed throughout the design, planning, organization, and implementation of projects

Career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including theatre, film, television, radio, arts and cultural organizations, tourism, event management, marketing and public relations, education, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. Some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

  • Acting teacher
  • Actor
  • Artistic director
  • Arts administrator
  • Casting director
  • Director
  • Drama teacher
  • Drama therapist
  • Dramaturge
  • Events coordinator
  • Journalist
  • Playwright
  • Producer
  • Production assistant
  • Publicist
  • Stage manager
  • Theatre critic
  • Theatre director
  • Tour manager

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help you understand your values and interests.

Build your network

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you. You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and accessing job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Theatre Studies graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

More information

From your Arts degree, you’ll develop skills and experiences that can translate into many career paths. Check out other things you can do with your Arts degree.