Why theatre at UVic?

Find your edge in UVic's Department of Theatre.

An integrated approach

UVic Theatre is one of the most comprehensive and immersive theatre programs in Canada. With us, you’ll get a professional, hands-on education in all areas of theatre, and choose your own path, focusing on what you are most passionate about—whether it’s acting, design, performance or production and management.

Hands-on learning

At UVic, students learn through doing. The Phoenix Theatre mainstage season is the perfect opportunity to put your learning into action—you’ll be involved on stage and behind the scenes, from designing and creating sets and costumes, to acting, operating the lighting and sound, and supporting front of house and audience services. You’ll get highly transferable and essential skills to navigate today’s job market.

In every course, students demonstrate their learning through practical, hands-on projects, whether it's in support of a production, devising new work, research or community outreach. Our students become flexible, versatile theatre artists and practitioners who understand the full context of making theatre, as well as their own areas of interest.

A vibrant community

Victoria is an incubator for creativity and boasts a vibrant and rich artistic community. With a strong local theatre scene—including many companies created and/or run by UVic Theatre alumni—Victoria audiences are incredibly supportive of the award-winning productions at the Phoenix Theatre.

You’ll take your learning into the community, benefiting from the department’s strong connections with the theatre industry, local schools and community organizations, gaining real world experience that will take you far.