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Day in the life: Karla Stout

October 26, 2019 - Ring

When it comes to dressing for success, Karla Stout knows how to get it right. As the head of wardrobe for the Department of Theatre and a volunteer rober since 1994, Stout has ensured thousands of graduating students look their best when they cross the stage at convocation. Beyond draping hoods, adjusting tassels and soothing jangled nerves, Stout has also helped a variety of UVic presidents and chancellors look tip-top for the big day.

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REACH Awards

October 3, 2019 - Ring

On Oct. 10, the third annual REACH Awards will celebrate UVic scholars for their extraordinary contributions in research and teaching.

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Star power

November 15, 2018 - News

Officially endorsed by Lucasfilm, UVic alumnus Charles Ross’s 75-minute "One-Man Star Wars Trilogy" has been performed for over a million people worldwide, including extended runs off-Broadway, in London’s West End and at the Sydney Opera House, as well as appearances on the likes of "Late Night with Conan O’Brien" and the popular "How Stuff Works" podcast.

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Momentous event in Victoria’s gay history inspires new play and course

April 6, 2017 - Ring

A new play by University of Victoria theatre professor Jennifer Wise celebrates a little-known event in Victoria's gay history. "A Queer Trial" tells the real-life story of John Butt, an openly gay man who in 1860 was acquitted of sodomy charges by two successive juries—the first jury preferring to spend a night in jail rather than convict him.

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The Phoenix at 50

February 1, 2017 - Ring

For 50 years, the theatre department and Phoenix Theatre—its public performance wing—have helped shape the development of local and national theatre by producing celebrated alumni and innovative productions. Growing from a volunteer-built, 80-seat theatre into Canada’s leading comprehensive theatre program, the Phoenix is now one of the best educational theatre facilities in the country.

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Stepping into the intercultural spotlight

May 31, 2016 - Ring

Most students wait until after graduation to start making their mark on the world, but Jasleen Powar already has something to sing about. Soon to graduate with a BFA in theatre, 24-year-old Powar has been making waves as Vancouver rapper Horsepowar, thanks to a trio of independent album releases, gigs at high-profile music festivals, and the kind of media attention most emerging artists only dream about.

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Designing a new future—after 28 years at UVic

March 3, 2016 - Ring

With Summer & Smoke, Allan Stichbury takes a farewell bow from teaching After 28 years in the Department of Theatre, design professor Allan Stichbury says his favourite show continues to be whatever he’s currently working on. And while his beautiful, Mississippi-inspired set for the Phoenix Theatre production of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke (running March 10-19) is no exception to this rule, it will be his final play before retiring from UVic this spring.

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Designing for the future

February 4, 2016 - Ring

Theatre MFA student Graham McMonagle dresses for theatrical success While the majority of Department of Theatre graduate students are working professionals looking to further their academic credentials, Graham McMonagle is truly exceptional. A professional dancer for 20 years and the co-founder of Victoria’s Canadian Pacific Ballet company, which operated locally from 2007 to 2014, McMonagle lacked any pre-existing bachelor’s degree—which means he had to be granted “exceptional entry” status by both Graduate Studies and Senate.

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