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
Michelle Ning Lo in a costume work space

Study what you're passionate about

While receiving hands-on experience in all aspects of theatre, you can also choose to focus on applied theatre, design, directing, performance, production and management, or theatre history. Michelle Ning Lo chose to focus on costume design.

Program focus areas
Taiwo Afolabi sitting and explaining something while sitting in a red audience chair in the Phoenix theatre

Graduate studies

Graduate studies in theatre immerse you in a dynamic academic and research environment. Taiwo Afolabi says the course content encourages you to transform your society and to approach ideas from different perspectives.

Graduate studies
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An immersive theatre experience

UVic's purpose-built facilities immerse you in the world of theatre production. From working with set, costumes, sound and lighting, to performance, directing and design, you get a complete experience of what is possible in theatre.

Student facilities
Alumna Sara Topham as Gwendolen in "The Importance of Being Earnest"

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. Alumna Sara Topham appeared on Broadway as Gwendolen in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

Career possibilities

Service updates in response to COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Department of Theatre has shifted from in-person to remote support.

All support staff can be reached through their email and telephone.

We will continue to take advice and guidance from governments and health authorities concerning the health and safety of our community.

 

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.

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

 

We acknowledge with respect the Lekwungen peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day. We are grateful to be on this land and are committed to UVic’s ongoing work of decolonizing and Indigenizing the campus community—both inside and outside the classroom. We invite you to read more about Indigeneity and Fine Arts.