A large ensemble of students on stage during a performance

Learning on stage

Phoenix Theatre productions are an integral part of our undergraduate programs. You’ll be involved in every aspect of these productions – from acting, to the design and creation of sets, costumes, props, sound and lighting. 

Undergraduate studies
Students working on a computer while others set up lights on a stage

Study what you're passionate about

You can also choose to focus on applied theatre, design, directing, performance, production and management, or theatre history. Here students work on the lighting for a mainstage production. Photo credit: Addie Tonn.

Program focus areas
Three graduate students standing in the Phoenix Theatre library classroom.

Graduate studies

Graduate studies in theatre immerse you in a dynamic academic and research environment. Graduate students (L-R) Barbara Clerihue, Stephen Markwei, Narges Montakhabi. Photo by Addie Tonn.

Graduate studies
A group of students using a table saw under the supervision of a teacher.

An immersive theatre experience

UVic's purpose-built facilities immerse you in the world of theatre production. You will get a complete experience of what is possible in theatre. Photo credit: Addie Tonn.

Program focus areas
Two students sew in a costume shop.

Hands-on experience for your future career

Experiential learning is key to our approach. You’ll receive real world experience while working towards your degree. Our graduates are set to secure employment immediately upon graduation. Photo credit: Addie Tonn.

Career possibilities

Innovative teaching

Theatre can make you think, make you feel, make you laugh and make you cry. But theatre can also change your mind, and the world.

UVic's Department of Theatre is one of the most comprehensive and immersive theatre programs in Canada. Here, you'll receive hands-on experience in all areas of theatre, taught by leading scholars and theatre professionals in one of the most innovative teaching facilities in North America.

At UVic, every student, in every theatre course, is engaged in performance and "on-their-feet" learning. As part of our curriculum, students are involved on stage and behind the scenes in our Phoenix Theatre’s mainstage season.

I Want to Be in Theatre! Open House Oct. 26

Join us for a fun, inclusive all-day event that will provide information about studying theatre at UVic. The day includes theatre tours, breakout sessions on our focus areas, a chance to meet current faculty, staff and other students, pizza lunch and more...

Learn more and register for I Want to Be in Theatre open house

Diversity & Inclusion

Please read our statement on the importance of diversity and inclusion at the Department of Theatre.


Find your edge in UVic's Department of Theatre

Territory acknowledgement

We acknowledge and respect the Lək̓ʷəŋən (Songhees and Esquimalt) Peoples on whose territory the university stands, and the Lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ Peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.