BA Honours in Theatre History

Our theatre history program provides students with a rare opportunity to study the theatrical past within a practically-oriented theatre environment. 

Students choose from among a wide range of areas of study including: finance and economics; acting; ancient Greek theatre; 19th- and 20th-century commercial theatre; opera history; theatre criticism; dance history and theory; and Modernism. Students may also study the history of design, directing, dramatic literature and production. 

On campus research resources

The University of Victoria’s McPherson Library contains superb special collections of historical and theoretical material including the Robertson Davies Collection of 19th-century prompt books, an 18th-century collection, and extensive audio-visual materials. 

Our affiliation with the Faculty of Fine Arts offers students exciting opportunities for pursuing interdisciplinary studies in Music and Opera, Writing, Visual Arts and Art History. 

In addition, UVic's outstanding departments of History, Law, English, Greek and Roman Studies, Pacific and Asian Studies, and Germanic Languages and Literatures provide theatre history students with many courses and resources directly relevant to their studies. 

Resources in the community

As the capital of British Columbia and home to the Provincial Archives, Victoria is a city rich with opportunities for archival, institutional and architectural research. Victoria's idyllic island location is also handily positioned within easy reach of four other first-rate Canadian and American research facilities: University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Washington and the University of Oregon at Eugene. 

The Department of Theatre offers an undergraduate degree option of a BA Honours in Theatre History.