Your degree in Theatre Studies

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
  • Examination of sets, costumes, lighting, and sound design while collaborating on Theatre at UBC productions
  • Ability to articulate the principles and history of the optical, distribution, and control systems in stage lighting
  • Stage and production management of student projects including experience in design, craftsmanship, technical direction, art direction, and others
  • Ability to take direction and collaborate with directors, crew, and other actors to convey characters and stories 
  • Integration of improvisation, scene study, movement, and voice in performances 
  • Ability to receive constructive feedback, reflect, and implement new ideas in order to elevate productions
  • Attention to detail expressed throughout the design, planning, organization, and implementation of projects

Explore 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. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that 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 clarify understanding of your values and interests.

UBC theatre and film clubs
Meet other UBC students through events and programs.

Departmental performances and events
Attend UBC Theatre & Film productions and network with students, faculty, and community members.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

Funding and awards
Discover scholarship opportunities for Theatre Studies students.

Theatre Studies co-op success stories
Learn about the experiences of past and present co-op students from your program and others.

Cinephile: UBC’s Film Journal
Submit research papers, book reviews, and reports that engage debates appropriate to film, media, and cultural studies.

Theatre and Film alumni
Reach out to UBC graduates for informational interviews to learn about their experiences and seek out advice.

Arts funding opportunities
Apply for grants from professional associations, corporations, non-profits, and government organizations.

BC Alliance for Arts and Culture job board
Explore job opportunities in BC across a variety of fields in the arts.

Vancouver theatres
Browse volunteer and job opportunities at theatre venues and companies, and festivals around the Lower Mainland.

National Film Board of Canada
Browse opportunities to direct or co-produce a documentary, animation, or interactive project.

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations
Develop new skills and gain practical knowledge in a heritage field over the summer.

Make connections

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 exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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