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Performance is the key to everything we do. Our graduate programs teach in a comprehensive and immersive style. You’ll receive hands-on experience and training by leading scholars and theatre professionals. Our courses will keep you engaged with on-your-feet theatre learning.

Your graduate studies will be in a dynamic research environment. You’ll work with a diverse group of students in small classes. You’ll receive real mentorship and support from our renowned faculty. You'll use our facilities and technical excellence and make the shows of your dreams come to life.

Degree programs offered

Want to explore how theatre transforms communities? Research the dynamic impact that theatre can have on the world. Under the supervision of our faculty, you’ll find critical ways to apply this knowledge. This program includes a practicum project with community organizations or research institutes.

Study the history and composition of theatre. You’ll research and write a scholarly paper suitable for publication. You must have general knowledge of Western theatre history (ancient Greek to present) and a strong background in dramatic literature. You must also be familiar with the practicalities of theatre production: design, direction and performance.

Design students develop knowledge and skills in three areas: scenery, costume and lighting.  You'll test your skills through practical applications in department productions. You’ll specialize in one area of design with a minor specialization in another. For your final project, you’ll design one or more elements of a fully-realized production.

In this program you’ll direct short projects and at least one full-length mainstage play. You’ll helm this final production and submit a full report under faculty supervision. We offer our MFA students apprenticeships and assistant design projects. Only one student is admitted to the MFA Directing program each year.

Research the dynamic impact theatre can have on the world. You can pursue research on a wide variety of areas. Study the history of applied theatre or examine the interactions between theatre and refugees. Look at the use of theatre in schools or in conflict zones. Research the role theatre can play in social justice or Indigenous language revitalization initiatives.

Study the rich history and theory of theatre in a practical environment. We encourage you to focus your thesis on theory, but other research is also possible. You can research a wide variety of topics: Greek tragedy to Broadway musicals, dance to opera, indigenous theatre to theatre technology. You can discuss your research interests with your potential supervisor.

Program Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
MA 2 years Yes No
MFA 2 years Yes No
PhD 5 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Masters, Doctorate
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional

Areas of focus

  • Design and production
  • Theatre history
  • Applied theatre
  • Directing

Find a supervisor

All graduate students in this program must have a faculty member who serves as their academic supervisor. When you apply:

  • you must list a potential supervisor on your application
  • this faculty member must agree to be your supervisor and recommend your admission

To find a supervisor, review the faculty contacts. When you've found a faculty member whose research complements your own, contact them by email.

Alexandra (Sasha) Kovacs

Assistant Professor Theatre History: theatre and performance history, historiography, Canadian theatre, theatre archives, devised performance, dramaturgy

Allana Lindgren

Associate Professor Theatre History: dance history, theatre history, modernism, Canadian cultural history

Brian Richmond

Professor Performance: directing, dramaturgy, acting

Conrad Alexandrowicz

Associate Professor Performance: acting, movement for actors, devised theatre

Fran Gebhard

Assistant Teaching Professor Performance: acting, directing

Jan Wood

Assistant Professor Performance: acting, voice

Kirsten Sadeghi-Yekta

Associate Professor Applied Theatre: language revitalization and theatre, aesthetics of theatre, ethics of theatre, community projects, devising for performance

Michael Elliott

Assistant Professor Performance: voice

Patrick Du Wors

Assistant Professor Design: set and lighting design

Peter J. McGuire

Assistant Teaching Professor Performance: acting, directing, production and management, self-directed

Tony Vickery - Chair

Teaching Professor Theatre History: especially commercial theatre finance and business administration in the United States and Canada, melodrama and British and North American theatre of the 19th and 20th centuries

Yasmine Kandil - Grad Advisor

Assistant Professor Applied Theatre: celebratory theatre, applied theatre in post-revolution Egypt, forum theatre, ethics of practice, theatre for development, community-based theatre, theatre for social change, immigrant & refugee theatre, scenario training with police officers

Funding & aid

Graduate students registered in full-time programs are automatically considered for a fellowship. This is based on a qualifying GPA.

Individual award amounts may vary depending on the program.

UVic Fellowship Awards

  • Up to $17,500 per year (master's)
  • Up to $20,000 per year (PhD)

UVic Graduate Awards

  • Up to $10,000 per year (master's and PhD)


  • The minimum requirement for funding consideration is a A- average on the last two years of course work
  • Full-time registration (3.0 units) for UVic Fellowship holders and at least part-time registration (1.5 units) for UVic Graduate Award holders
  • Full-time registration for students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is 1.5 units

You can also join the co-op program or work as a research or teaching assistant.

Funding opportunities

Tuition & fees

Visit our tuition calculator to determine the tuition and fees for your program.

When you apply you will be charged an application fee. Your application will not be processed until this payment has been received.

  • Application fee for documents from within Canada: $131.50
  • Application fee if any documents originate outside Canada: $169

Application deadlines

  • Canadian and International students: apply by February 1 for September entry.
  • All supporting material must be submitted to the Department of Theatre by February 1.

Admission & program requirements

You must meet the minimum graduate school admission requirements.

Review the graduate admission requirements and this program's admission requirements in the Graduate calendar.

If your first language is not English you must provide proof of language proficiency. Learn more about language requirements, including what exemptions and tests are allowed.

Ready to apply?

You can start your online application to UVic by creating a new profile or using an existing one.

Apply now    How to apply

Need help?

Contact the graduate secretary or 250-721-7991.

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