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Announcing Our 2014/15 Season!

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Sessional Teaching / Theatre Studies: January 2015 to April 2015 (2014W Term 2)

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Theatre and Film Teaching Assistantships: 2014/2015 Academic Session.

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New course open to all UBC students: INTRODUCTION TO FILM ACTING (FIPR 269A). No Audition Required. UBC 1st year students and invited to apply!


Proudly Supporting our Students, Alumni & Faculty

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Leos Roar for UBC Theatre & Film! Congratulations to our many students faculty and alumni from UBC Theatre & Film whose artistry was recognised by Leo Awards this year and kudos to those who’s work received a Leo.

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The Department of Theatre and Film is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Hallie Marshall to the position of Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies.

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Northern Gateway Pipeline Video Contest Launched!

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Leo Nominations – Theatre & Film at UBC: Huge congratulations to our talented students, alumni and faculty who have had work recognized at this year’s Leo Award Nominations!

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Alumna Rebekka Sorensen Recognised by Daytime Emmy Awards.

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Congratulations to our staff member Lynn Burton on being recognised by Celebrating Women at UBC!

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Associate Professor Kirsty Johnston’s book "Stage Turns: Canadian Disability Theatre" shortlisted for Canada Prize in the Humanities.

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Assistant Professor Siyuan Liu receives review for his book Performing Hybridity in Colonial-Modern China

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Theatre at UBC was recognised for it’s “boffo programming” this year in the magazine’s annual Best of Vancouver issue! 

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Theatre at UBC is a Positive Space!

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Gifts to Theatre at UBC ensure that today's Theatre students have access to the resources that give them the best education possible.


Theatre at UBC

Student, Faculty & Alumni Events

Theatre at UBC is proud of its students - past and present. The Students and Alumni Pages of the Theatre at UBC website celebrate the work of our current Students, our Faculty, and our illustrious Alumni. On this page, beginning with the most recent event date, you will find productions and other events which feature, or are of interest to, our Current Students, Faculty and Alumni.

Are you a grad of any of our Theatre programs with an upcoming production or event? Please tell us about it! Contact Deb Pickman [at]


New course open to all UBC students:


No Audition Required.
UBC 1st year & 2nd year students invited to apply!

No audition is required for the UBC Department of Theatre and Film's newly added course "INTRODUCTION TO SCREEN ACTING" with filmmaker, actor & UBC Associate Professor Tom Scholte. Introduction to Screen Acting (FIPR 269A Topics in Film Production) begins in Term 2 and there are no prerequisites. 

Find out all about this exciting course here: FIPR_269A.pdf

Northern Gateway Pipeline Video Contest Launched!

event imageA group of artists at The University of British Columbia Okanagan is launching a contest for people to have their say about the Northern Gateway Pipeline.  Anyone in BC, across the country or anywhere in the world is invited to enter the People on the Pipeline Contest with a video (maximum 3 minutes in length) expressing their view of the proposed mega-project in northern BC. The winner of the best video will win $1000 and there are categories for teens and kids too.

“We have been watching the communication strategy around the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline with interest,” says Nancy Holmes, Associate Professor in Creative Writing. 

Enbridge’s ads are everywhere and the amount of money being spent to present one side of the debate is scary.  So we decided to give others a chance to express their points of view. A contest is a great way to get people to do this.”

Along with the launch of the contest, UBC Okanagan’s Eco Art Incubator is unveiling a gallery on the People on the Pipeline website ( ) that provides a collection of links to a variety of artworks that have been created in response to the pipeline. 

The gallery on the website is an intrinsic part of the project.  “We are displaying all the artworks that we can find that have addressed the Northern Gateway pipeline- gathering these grassroots’ expressions in one place,” says Denise Kenney who is one of the leads on the project.  The research into the gallery was done by MFA graduate student, Emily Nilsen.

Professor Kenney also directed and starred in “We Can’t Hear You!”, a short 2-minute video, that announces the contest and that appears on the People on the Pipeline website.  The video was created in collaboration with Holmes, Creative Studies staff member and videographer, Joanne Gervais, and other FCCS faculty members.

Entries to the contest do not necessarily have to have an anti-pipeline perspective. However, the researchers are inviting multiple perspectives to create an opportunity to respond outside contentious polls and political divisions.

Along with a $1000 first prize there will be a $500 people’s choice award- so people can vote for their favorite video.  There is also a $250 award for best teen entry, and a $250 award for best kid’s entry.   The deadline is July 15th 2014.

This contest is organized under the auspices of The Eco Art Incubator, a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded research initiative at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus.

May 24, 2014

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UBC Theatre and Film: Tours, Screening and All Years Reunion & Celebration – everyone welcome! 
Frederic Wood Theatre

UBC Theatre & Film hosts two fun events for Alumni Weekend 2014. Take a free tour of our historic Frederic Wood Theatre with costume exhibit, 11:30am to 2:30pm. In the evening come back to “the Freddie” for a screening of the award winning film Last Wedding, introduced by filmmaker, alumnus Bruce Sweeney, along with cast members. Afterwards join us for a ‘swinging-from-the-chandeliers’ party! Tickets to the performance and party are only $10, with all proceeds going to student scholarships. 

Saturday May 24: 11:30am – 12:30pm1:15pm - 2:15pm & 2:30pm - 3:30pm Tours leave from the lobby

Tour hidden recesses of UBC’s historic 400 seat Frederic Wood theatre, and learn its secrets (ask about our Ghosts!) with alumni Gerald Vanderwoude (MFA Directing) and Cam Cronin (BFA Acting). Back stage, scene and costumes shops are inspirational places for young and old alike. View a costume exhibit “Fashioning Cancer” (as seen on CNN), find out how associate professor Jacqueline Firkins drew inspiration for 10 exquisite ball gowns from microscopic photography taken by UBC cancer researchers. 

Evening: FILM SCREENING & PARTY - Meet the Filmmaker!

Last Wedding an award winning film by alumnus Bruce Sweeney
Saturday May 24: 7:30pm – 9pm screening & party to midnight | $ 10 * proceeds to student scholarships   UBC Theatre & Film alumni and the public are invited to join us for a showing of LAST WEDDING, a film by UBC Theatre & Film alumnus Bruce Sweeney (MFA’96). Introduced by the filmmaker along with some cast members and followed by a ‘swinging-from-the-chandeliers’ party! Tickets: or 604.822. 2678

Frederic Wood Theatre, 6354 Crescent Rd., UBC V6T 1Z2

May 6-May 17, 2014

event imageAlumni Stage Mamet’s OLEANNA

May 6 - May 17th, 2014
by David Mamet, directed by BFA Acting Alumni and incoming MFA Directing Candidate Evan Frayne

"The ultimate he-said she-said." - New York Times

Local indie theatre-makers Bleeding Heart Theatre and Xua Xua Productions are pairing up to produce one of the most provocative plays of the twentieth century, David Mamet's Oleanna.  Mamet's trademark razor-sharp dialogue and uncanny ability to stir up controversy have made this story a modern classic, wherein a simple meeting between professor and student becomes a nightmare of gender politics, political correctness, and ambition gone sour.

Directed by BFA Acting and incoming MFA Directing Candidate Evan Frayne OLEANNA features performances by UBC Theatre alumni Anthony F. Ingram with Susie Coodin. The creative team includes BFA Design alumna Carolyn Rapanos (Set). “The first time I read Oleanna, I was devastated by it,” says director and producer Evan Frayne, an established local actor and rising director, recently having worked on the acclaimed comedy The Foreigner. “I yearn to be moved and engaged within the theatre,” he continues, “we work towards presenting Oleanna with that first experience in mind. We wanted to work on something that would push us.”

Oleanna will mark Frayne’s Bleeding Heart Theatre's fourth production, following Helen Edmundson's Mother Teresa is Dead.

Havana Theatre, 3075 Slocan St., Vancouver [map]
Tickets $15 at 

May 6-10, 2014

Click here to view image detailAlumni & Students Stage No Exit

May 6-10, 2014

Jean-Paul Sartre’s 
No Exit

adapted from the French by Paul Bowles, directed by Tanya Mathivanan

Have you ever wondered where the damned souls on earth end up? If the fiery pit of eternal torment that has pervaded so much of our art and imagination really exists? This May, Jean-Paul Sartre offers a sardonic and intensive look behind the veil of earthly reality and through the closed doors of hell itself. However, what you find there might just surprise you, for Sartre’s version of hell may not at all be what you imagine. It may just be worse…

“…it not only encapsulates Sartre's existentialist philosophy, but left its indelible mark on Beckett's Waiting for Godot and Harold Pinter's hothouse dramas” The Guardian

This production features a talented crew of up-and-coming designers, all of whom are current students and graduates of the UBC BFA Theatre Program: Feast your senses on a set by Sarah Melo, lighting by Patrick Smith, costumes by Laura Fukumoto, and sound by Javier Sotres. The stunning performances are by the equally talented UBC BFA acting alumnaJordan Kerbs with Annie Arbuckle, Harrison MacDonald and Michael Stewart.

Aenigma theatre was founded by director Tanya Mathivanan (BA Honours Theatre alumna) on the belief that, in many ways, people are all enigmas, to each other as well as to themselves. Plagued with fibromyalgia since the age of 15, her interest has always lain with the internal complexities of a person and their ultimate impact on the physical being. The goal of Aenigma Theatre is to produce plays that unravel the layers of the human soul and delve deep into the human psyche, in order to turn a microscopic lens onto the individual in the hopes of providing a better understanding of our fellow people, and ourselves.

Studio 16, 1555 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver

Tickets $15/10/12 for General/Student/UBC Alumni, Tuesday, May 6th Pay-What-You-Can at door, Boxoffice: or cash at the door. Facebook Event: 

Email for more information.

May 3, 2014


Vancouver Events Commemorating The Komagata Maru Incident:

Saturday May 3, 2pm 
Symposium | Performing the Post-colonial: The political work of theatre
St. John's College, UBC | Free!

Image Credit: By Raghavendra Rao K.V; Composite of archival photograph and a painting by the artist. Used as a set projection in "Performing the Komagata Maru". (Click thumbnail to view image detail)

This symposium is associated with the theatrical and scholarly program Performing the Komagata Maru: Theatre and the Work of Memory. Featuring a panel discussion by the playwrights included in the program - Sadhu Binning, Sukhwant Hundal, Sharon Pollock and Ajmer Rode, the event also includes remarks from Rahul Varma founder of Teesri Duniya Theatre or "Third World Theatre", Nandi Bhatia from the University of Western Ontario and a key-note address by Rana Nayar, Professor of English at Panjab University, Chandigarh and well-known translator of modern Punjabi literature. 

Refreshments during the event and light dinner to follow. Co-sponsored by St. John's College and supported by a UBC Hampton grant.

Free! | Ph: 604.822.8788 | E: | Web:

Saturday May 3 7:30pm &  Sunday May 4 2pm 
Theatre | Performing the Komagata Maru, Theatre and the Work of Memory
Frederic Wood Theatre, UBC  | Admission: $10 

In 1914, a ship named the "Komagata Maru," carrying 376 South Asian would-be immigrants to Canada, was turned away from Vancouver as a part of a larger movement against Asian immigration at that time. Join us for an intellectual and theatrical commemoration of the centenary of this incident to explore how and why the Komagata Maru incident has been remembered by Canadian playwrights in Punjabi and English. The fully bilingual program will feature the performance of selections of plays by Sadhu Binning, Sukhwant Hundal, Sharon Pollock, and Ajmer Rode by UBC students and members of Rangmanch Punjabi Theatre. Sets for the production were produced by artist Raghavendra Rao K.V. and students from Srishti School of Art, Design, and Technology in Bangalore. 

$10 | Book online at

Note: This event will also be staged May 9 at the Surrey Arts Centre at 8pm | More:

Thursday May 1 at 7pm
FILM | An evening with Ali Kazimi and the film Continuous Journey 
Centre Stage, New Surrey City Hall - Free!

An evening with Ali Kazimi and his film "Continuous Journey". Join in a conversation with this artist about his film, the first feature-length documentary to examine the Komagata Maru 'incident'. Presented as part of the Surrey Art Gallery's exhibition “Ruptures in Arrival: Art in the Wake of the Komagata Maru,” in collaboration with the Komagata Maru Foundation.

Free Admission (limited seating) | Ph: 604-501-5566  

April 26, 2014

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Theatre at UBC Graduate Symposium (T.U.G.S.) is an annual event. >> More about T.U.G.S.

TUGS 2014 Working Schedule: UBC Vancouver Campus

Saturday, April 26th, 2014
Film Production Building, Room 104

9:30am: Doors Open – coffee, tea, light refreshments available

9:45am: Opening Remarks

10am – noon: First Panel

Spatial Articulations as Archive

  1. Scott Venters, PhD, University of Washington – The Politics and Aesthetics of Play: The Wartburg Book-Burning and Hellenic Masculinity in the Construction of the German Nation
  2. Katrina Dunn, MA, UBC – Turning Our Backs On The City We Look On Water: Canada’s National Arts Centre Considered
  3. Duygu Erdogan Monson, PhD, University of Washington – Where Antiquity Belongs (on Janet Munsil’s Influence, cultural history, monuments, and artifacts)
  4. Jay Eckard, PhD, University of Washington – Fashioning the Nation: Fashion as a Medium in the Struggle for Domination in Colonial America

noon – 1pm: Lunch

1:15pm – 2:45pm: Second Panel

Corporeal Interventions and the Archive

  1. Lindsay Lachance, PhD, UBC – First Nations Dramaturgical Processes: Language, Space, and Place
  2. Jerina Hajno, MA, SFU – Of Rituals and Events of a Landscape through Materials and Surfaces: Jeff Langille’s Untitled (Boulders 2)
  3. Didier Morelli, MFA, SFU – Chew, Drink and Spit: A Book Review

2:45pm – 3pm: Coffee Break

3pm – 4:30pm: Final Panel

Relocating Voices in the Archive

  1. Trish Everett, Phd, UBC – The Workers’ Theatre Movement: A Case Study
  2. Sandra Chamberlain-Snider, PhD, University of Victoria – Collecting the Spoken Word: Oral History as Archive and Performance
  3. Christopher Goodson, PhD, University of Washington – These Streets: Investigating the Truthful Distortions of Documentary Theater

4:30pm – 5:15pm: Open Dialogue/Further Connections??

5:15pm – 5:30pm: Closing Remarks


6pm: Koerners Pub

>> More about T.U.G.S.

April 23-May 3, 2014

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By Nicolas Billon, Directed by Kathleen Duborg

Winner of The Governor General’s Award for Drama 2013

Vancouver Premiere: Iceland is a scathingly funny and insightful look at the C word (capitalism) and the oppositional forces facing the urban consumer, The play was a huge hit when it premiered in 2012 at Toronto’s SummerWorks Performance Festival (Best New Play Award; Audience Choice Award). 

Set against the backdrop of the banking crisis, a confrontation between a real estate agent and a tenant takes an unexpected turn. Nicolas Billon asks the audience to consider the values that guide human relations. As the characters confront us with their stories - at times confession, at times diatribe - we are forced to reckon with their yearning to belong to something larger than themselves. 

"A beautifully structured and extremely powerful play that haunts the mind. Billon is an original and exciting voice." -Atom Egoyan

A striking new voice that can be described as a hybrid of Wallace Shawn and Neil Labute, Nicholas Billon’s wit and dark humour offers a compelling exploration of relationships and the challenges of connecting to others in a meaningful way. Iceland is part of Nicolas Billon's trilogy of acclaimed plays: Fault Lines, winner of the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama.

Director Kathleen Duborg is a BFA Acting alumna and is currently completing her MFA in Directing at UBC. She is an awarding winning actor, a producer and director. She most recently directed Theatre at UBC’s acclaimed production of Chechov's The Seagull

The cast includes BFA Acting alumna Georgia Beatty and the creative team includes Thrasso Petras (Vocal & Movement Coach / Co-producer), MFA Directing alumnus Chris McGregor (Set Design), BFA design & Production student Daniel Tessy (Sound Design) and Adjunct Professor John Webber (Lighting Design).  More:

Check out the company’s video and/or donate to this artist driven project:

Studio 16
1555 W. 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC

April 15-May 4, 2014

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April 15-May 4, 2014 (Shows Tuesday-Sunday)
by Tracy Letts, directed by MFA Directing alumna Chelsea Haberlin
Vancouver Premiere

Sex, blood, and comedy served up with a side of grits

ITSAZOO Productions presents the Vancouver Premiere of the grisly, pitch-black comedy Killer Joe. Penned by Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts (August: Osage County), this ‘trailer-trash noir’ follows the Smiths: a hilariously dysfunctional Texas family who engage a contract killer in a scheme to collect life insurance. This site-specific production offers intimate audiences of 35 people unflinching proximity to the homicidal kinfolk.

Directed by MFA Directing alumna Chelsea Haberlin KILLER JOE features performances by BFA Acting alumna Meghan Chenosky with Sebastien Archibald, Ted Cole,  Emma Slipp and Colby Wilson. The creative team includes BFA Design alumniLauchlin Johnston (Set & Lights), Carmen Alatorre (Costumes) and BFA Acting alumna Mishelle Cuttler (Sound) with Peter Carlone (Video).

“Killer Joe is theatre for the Tarantino and HBO crowd; a bloody, sexy, brilliant piece of work with something to say,” says Chelsea Haberlin, Killer Joe’s Jessie award winning director. “We can’t wait to welcome artistic risk-takers to our trailer park!”

Located in the parking lot adjacent to the Italian Cultural Centre (3075 Slocan), audiences will be invited to engage in the fully-immersive environment before and after the show. The elaborate set-up will feature: the Smith’s mobile-home (and main performance area); a southern inspired concession stand featuring hot dogs, Phillips beer, and moonshine; various ‘trailer park installations’ that will offer deeper experiential insights into world of the show.

Italian Cultural Center, 3075 Slocan St., Vancouver [map]
Tickets $20 Students/Seniors and $25

April 15-17, 2014

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An Evening of Two One Act Plays
FREE Admission!

Little One 
By Hannah Moscovitch, Directed by MFA Directing student Barbara Tomasic

Little One, Hannah Moscovitch’s splendidly creepy one-act, is a witty, smart and insidious psycho thriller.  It looks at the relationship between adopted siblings Aaron and Claire, who recount a life-changing moment in their childhood. It touches on mental illness, mail-order brides and taboo sexuality. Moscovitch captures the singular dread of a child whose only sibling is dangerously mentally ill. A darkly funny, suburban horror story.

Hannah Moscovitch is a Canadian playwright who has been dubbed an indie sensation by Toronto Life Magazine; the wunderkind of Canadian theatre by CBC Radio; and “irritatingly talented” by Eye Weekly.  The National Post, The Globe and Mail, and Now Magazine have all hailed Hannah as Canada’s Hottest Young Playwright. Moscovitch’s work has won multiple Dora Mavor Moore Awards, and she has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Carol Bolt Award, the Toronto Arts Council Foundation Emerging Artist Award, the K.M Hunter Award, as well as the international Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. 

Watching it, I had pleasantly spine-tingling memories of Daniel MacIvor’s ‘Monster’ and Brad Fraser’s ‘Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love’. Moscovitch seems poised to join the ranks of those edgy Canadian playwrights as an artist who knows how to work our goosepimples and our grey matter simultaneously.” 
- Martin Morrow, The Globe and Mail

The production is directed by MFA Directing student Barbara Tomasic and stars BFA Acting students Helena Fisher-Welsh and Luke Johnson. The creative team includes BFA Design and Production students Curtis Li (Stage Manager) Natalia Ruiz (Set Design), Zickey Zhao (Lighting Design), Patrick Fouchard (Sound Design) and Shelby Page (Costume Design).

I Am Not A Laughing Man 
Devised Theatre, Directed by MFA Directing student Dennis Gupa

"I guess you must have a beginning to begin something really big," is a line taken from the essay "I Am Not a Laughing Man" by Carlos Bulosan. The play is a devised-theatre piece that explores extraordinary poetry and other written works of Bulosan, a self educated Filipino migrant worker in USA during the 30's. The assemblage of texts looks to reveal the depth of his penetrating vision of the world. At the age of 17, he emigrated to America to escape destitute poverty and find his dream of freedom but instead discovered many new hardships. In pursuit of his vision he became a labour organizer and socialist writer - the latter of which caused Bulosan to be blacklisted. Denied a means to provide for himself, his later years were spent in flight and poverty. I Am Not A Laughing Man looks into the migratory experiences of Bulosan's lost/found dreams amidst estrangement, displacement, and alienation.

Of the million Filipinos who found themselves in the United States in the two decades before and after World War II, Carlos Bulosan, his entire life & works, represents the heroic struggles and sacrifices of the Filipino community as a colonized and an emergent national agency in world history.” 
 - E. San Juan Jr., Panitikan sa Perlas ng Silangan

I Am Not a Laughing Man was devised using texts from Carlos Bulosan by the director, MFA Directing student Dennis Gupa along with the BFA Acting students who perform it: Jonathan Bell, Natan Cotell, Thomas Elms, Matt Kennedy and Demi Peterson. The creative team includes BFA Design & Production students Becky Fitzpatrick (Stage Manager), Chanel McCartney (Costume Design), Nick Preston (Music Director), Patrick Fouchard (Sound Design) and Shelby Page (Makeup Design).  

What are The 520’s? Directing 520 is the course of study which produces an annual showcase of two one act plays where our talented first year MFA Directing students test their mettle. Next watch for their thesis productions in our 2014/15 season of theatre and opera where Barbara Tomasic is set to direct the hilarious musical adaptation of Marivaux's satirical play Triumph of Love and Dennis Gupa will direct Charles Mee’s postmodern take on Euripides’ Theban tragedy The Bacchae 2.1.

Dorothy Somerset Studio Theatre
6361 University Boulevard, UBC V6T 1Z2
Curtain: 7:30 | Ticket Price: FREE!


April 14, 2014

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Publicity Workshop with alumna Deb Pickman
$10 for non-Fringe artists | 2014 Fringe Festival artists FREE!

Are you trying to get media attention for your event but not having any luck? Or are you a marketing hot shot that craves even more media coverage? The Fringe Festival is hosting the workshop you need! BA Theatre alumna Deb Pickman, co-artistic director, ensemble member of the Vancouver theatre company shameless hussy productions, and Communications & Marketing Specialist for Theatre at UBC, will return to host Hot Copy, a marketing and publicity workshop to help you get all the media attention you need!

While the workshop will focus on marketing a Fringe Festival show, the low and no-cost tips and tricks are ideal for all independent artists looking to promote themselves and their events. Learn the basics of a press release and when to contact media outlets, what are the key elements to choosing promotional images for posters and flyers, and social media tips. Plus, Deb will answer as many questions as time allows!

WhenMonday, April 14, 7-9:00pm 
Where: Carousel Theatre Studio, 1411 Cartwright Street on Granville Island 
How Much?: Free for confirmed 2014 Fringe Festival artists; $10 for non-Fringe artists 

RSVP to Shantini Klaassen at administration[at]vancouverfringe[dot]com by April 11, 2014

March 26-30, 2014

Featuring 12 short plays, and an afternoon of Staged Readings 

A festival of new plays written and directed by students in UBC's Creative Writing & Theatre Departments. This 28th year of the festival is an exciting one, featuring a diverse range of voices and genres exploring contemporary issues here and globally—there’s a family drama set in the Philippines, an exploration of the Boston Marathon bombing, a Godot-riff on two guys in a bar, Tinkerbell and a 15 year old girl playing Peter Pan have a moment. A couple drifts out to sea in a lifeboat debating their existence, and a glimpse into Diana the Hunter of Bus Drivers set in Juarez - and of course, The Apocalypse. The festival is produced this year by Creative Writing student Briana Brown and Theatre student Justin Neal.

The many other theatre students featured in the festival include Andrew Wang (Set Design),Chris Nagy(Costume Design/Coordinator), Scott Zechner, Julia Vu (Sound Design), Andrew Pye (Lighting Design), Ndola Hutton (Stage Manager), Lauren Stewart(Head Electrician), Kate De Lorme (Assistant Technical Director), Michael Barnum, Linda Yang, Noah Kussin-Bordo (Crew), Dean McMillan (Backstage Manager),Veronique West, Keenan Johnston, Jenna Newton, Cathy Rexford, Daniel Tessy, Jess Borthwick, Soo Min Park, John Dickinson, Jamie King, Ndola Hutton (Directors), Taylor Scott, Kenny Wong, Daniel Meron, Simon McIntyre, Javier Sotres, Zach Wolfman (Actors)

Dorothy Somerset Studio Theatre (UBC Campus) | March 26 - 30, 2013 | Opening Night -Wed March 26, 7:30 PM | Matinee 2 PM Sun March 30 | Staged Reading Series: Saturday March 39 at 1 PM and 3 PM (by donation) | $15 adults, $10 students | Box Office: 604-822-2678 or visit

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March 25-30, 2014

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Mar 25 - 30
To Wear a Heart so White
Devised Theatre, Directed by Steven Hill

Mr. and Mrs. Macbeth: They copulate, they bleed, they die.

Part pilgrimage, part Elizabethan Tragedy, part Church service. Join Leaky Heaven at the Russian Hall for a retelling of our story of conquest and migration. The death of kings, queens, and nature. The birth of real estate.

To Wear a Heart so White is a spatial exploration of the Russian Hall mapped over by Shakespeare and the lost rituals of colonialism. A somber parade for the end times.Not so much a pushing of boundaries as a licking of them.

Devised and created by the following collaborators: Performed by UBC BFA Acting & BFA Directing alumna Lois Anderson, MA alumnus and Theatre PhD student Alex Lazaridis Ferguson with Sean Marshall Jr. Directed by Steven Hill, Set Design by Molly March, Projection and Lighting Design by UBC Production & Design alumnus Parjad Sharifi, Composition and Sound Design by Nancy Tam, Costume Design by Flo Barrett Stage Management by Alba Calvo.

The Russian Hall
600 Campbell Avenue, Vancouver


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Photo Credit: Tim Matheson
Model: UBC Alumna Bronwyn Malloy

Fashioning Cancer: The Correlation between Destruction and Beauty
Free Public Presentation
Graduate Research Seminar Series:
Frederic Wood Theatre, UBC
March 25, 2014 | 12-1pm

Fashioning Cancer: The Correlation between Destruction and Beauty is a “dramatic” new interdepartmental research project at UBC made possible through a Research Mentorship Grant from the Peter Wall Institute For Advanced Studies

Can fashion design inspire deeper conversations about disease for women? Assistant ProfessorJacqueline Firkins in the UBC Department of Theatre and Film believes it can. Firkins aims to encourage a dialogue about cancer, beauty, and body image by designing and exhibiting 10 ball gowns inspired by microscopic photos of cancer cells and cellular systems. These images were captured by her collaborator Professor Christian C.G. Naus, a Peter Wall Distinguished Scholar in Residence and Canada Research Chair in Gap Junctions and Disease, along with his colleagues in UBC’s Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences and Life Sciences Institute. 

Many women who have battled cancer express a disconnect with the fashion imagery that commonly represents the disease. The most prevalent is the pink ribbon, a signature for breast cancer awareness and a useful tool for marketing campaigns that support cancer research. Firkins’ research is intended to generate artistic imagery that is more connected to the disease itself, and since it is being expressed in fashion, the imagery is also connected to body image. 

‘My hope is that somehow through fashion, I more closely tap into what a woman might be feeling about her body as she undergoes the disease, but simultaneously reflect a strength, beauty, and resilience.‘ - Jacqueline Firkins

Please join us at our first public exhibition where the researcher will introduce her project. A talk back will follow with an opportunity for you to provide your insights about the gowns: Are they too pretty to reflect something as destructive as cancer? Do they encourage you to tell your own story? Do they evoke any emotions related to your own experience?  Note: Contact our communications coordinator Deb Pickman at if you would like to host a presentation of this project.

UBC Department of Theatre & Film Graduate Research Seminar Series

Fashioning Cancer: The Correlation between Destruction and Beauty – the presentation of research undertaken by UBC’s Department of Theatre and Film and Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences and Life Sciences Institute made possible through a Research Mentorship Grant from the Peter Wall Institute For Advanced Studies. | Tue. March 25, 2014 | Time: 12-1pm Frederic Wood Theatre, 6354 Crescent Rd., UBC | MAP: Box Office PH: 604.822.2678 | TICKETS: Free


March 4-14, 2014

event imageAssociate Professor Catherine Burnett choreographs alumni in BEGGAR'S OPERA

March 4th to March 14th

Seven Tyrants Theatre presents
Adapted and Directed by David Newham
Music Composed and Directed by Daniel Deorksen
Choreography by Catherine Burnett

Based on the classic opera by John Gay's Beggar's Opera: the timeless story of Mack the Knife as you've never seen or heard it before.

In BFA Acting alumnus David Newham's exciting adaptation of John Gay's classic script, the action is jam-packed into ten explosive fantasias' - each a unique, live theatrical music video - coming together to realize an opera distinctly for the modern age.

Fellow BFA Acting alumnus Daniel Deorksen's original musical score draws boldly on a range of styles, from the sublime tones of classic Jazz to a world of Tom Waits meets Frank Zappa and The Muppets. The music is performed live by Deorksen with a trio of musicians and the cast of 15 performers - including BFA Acting alumni Gord Myren and Keegan Macintosh - on a range of classical and modern instruments.

The musical numbers are brought to life by renowned choreographer and Theatre at UBC associate professor Catherine Burnett, whose cutting-edge style embraces Jerome Robbins and Pina Bausch with the light-heartedness of a Monty Python sketch.

The Jericho Arts Centre (1675 Discovery Street, Vancouver)



February 24, 2014

event imageAn invitation to all students, faculty & staff in the UBC department of Theatre and Film

Monday, February 24 | 1 to 4pm

Theatre Master Class with Paul Thompson

We are very fortunate to have been offered a Master Class with iconic Canadian director and theatre-maker, Paul Thompson, who is in Vancouver along with his production of HIRSCH being presented by Touchstone at the Firehall Arts Centre.

All our students, faculty and staff are welcome. Come meet our BFA Acting Ensemble (Intermediate and Final year classes) who will be there as part of their class time.

Dorothy Somerset Studio, 6361 University Boulevard V6T 1Z2, UBC

February 13-15, 2014

event imageMFA Directing student Ryan Gladstone brings Fringe hit back!

Feb. 13-15
Hockey Night at the Puck & Pickle

Welcome to the famous and fictional Puck & Pickle Pub, where Fringe Frestival circuit legends Jon Paterson (BoyGroove, Letters in Wartime) and MFA Directing student Ryan Gladstone (No Tweed Too Tight, The Shakespeare Show, The Seven Lives of Louis Riel) portray every single patron watching the Gold Medal game-including a pair of cougars on the prowl, a couple on a date, and hockey commentators Jim Hughson and Kelly Hrudey! 

"Good for a laugh about every 15 seconds . . . There are plenty of potent gags for even the most hockeyphobic." - Jerry Wasserman, The Province

“Gut-busting two man comedy!” - Edmonton Journal

Studio 1398

February 11, 2014

event imageProfessor Emeritus Errol Durbach Speaks 
February 11

Senior Scholars’ Series Presents: Errol Durbach

Please join us at the Green College Coach House on Tuesday, February 11th at 4:30 (lecture at 5pm) with English and Theatre Professor Emeritus Dr. Errol Durbach who will be discussing “Drama, Theatre, and Performance: Practicing the Discipline – Before and After Retirement” as part of the Senior Scholars’ Series: The Passions that Drive Academic Life.

Dr. Durbach, M.A. (Rhodes), M.A. (Cantab.), Ph.D. (London). (Theatre History, Dramatic Literature) is author of Ibsen The RomanticA Doll’s HouseIbsen’s Myth of Transformation and many articles on modern, comparative, and Commonwealth drama. He joined the faculty at UBC in 1967, serving as Head of Theatre from 1987 to 1994 and Associate Dean of Arts between 1995 and 2000. He has adapted several plays and books for the stage including Ibsen’s Peer Gynt (Theatre at UBC/Blackbird Theatre 2006/07), Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations (Blackbird Theatre 2011) and Importance of Being Earnest (co-produced by Persephone Theatre and Western Canada Theatre 2012/13).

He is currently the resident dramaturg at Blackbird Theatre.

This series is convened on behalf of Green College and the UBC Association of Professors Emeriti. It provides opportunities for senior academics to describe their personal experiences and journeys through their own academic careers.

Complimentary tea and coffee are available in the Piano Lounge of Graham House at Green College from 4:30 pm onwards. 

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January 17-February 8, 2014

event imageAlumni in Measure for Measure at Pacific Theatre 

January 17 – February 8, 2014
Measure for Measure
By William Shakespeare, Directed by Directed by Kevin Bennett
Pacific Theatre

UBC BFA acting alumni Michael Fera and Pippa Johnstone star in Honest Fishmongers’ production of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure presented by Pacific Theatre. When Vienna’s ruthless morality laws are revived during the Duke’s absence, a young nun is confronted with a terrible ultimatum: her soul for her brother’s life. A surprisingly contemporary tale of scandal, abuse of power, and the balance of justice with grace.

Tickets at

January 15-February 1, 2014

event imageAlumna Emma Johnson in Reasons To Be Pretty

Jan 15-Feb 1
Reasons To Be Pretty
By Neil Labute

BFA Acting alumna (2013) Emma Johnson stars in Fighting Chance Productions Reasons To Be Pretty directed by Ryan Mooney. Presented through the relationships of four friends and lovers, this blue collar, black comedy mines the humour and painful truths that lay between self-image and self-esteem in our beauty-obsessed society.

Havana Theatre

January 3-12, 2014

event imageAlumnae star in Rebel Women

Early 20th century London: Women carry hammers in their muffs. What’s going on? War! But war waged as women want it waged.

Rebel Women is a theatre verbatim play. In the centenary of the major events, the women's actual words, insightful, sometimes hilarious and always searingly truthful, are used to create the play.

Created and Directed by Joan Bryans Rebel Women stars BFA Acting alumni MariaLuisa Alvarez and Barbara Kozicki in the talented cast of fifteen.

 (*) Matinees on Sat 4 & 11, and Sun 12 (when there is no evening performance).  

Jericho Arts Centre  

December 10-22, 2013

event imageAlumnus Checks Into Hotel Bethlehem

December 10 - 22, 2013 
Hotel Bethlehem
By Drew McCreadie, directed by Diane Brown

Hotel Bethlehem stars eleven of Vancouver’s most talented comic performers - including BFA Acting alumnus John Murphy. Warning: wacky jokes and crude puns may induce laughter.

Back in time for the holiday season, this wildly funny Christmas satire dares to deconstruct the Nativity Story, playfully posing questions like, why was The Inn so full? Who would turn away a very pregnant woman? 

Award-winning playwright Drew McCreadie’s outrageous and insightful comedy for adults takes an inside look at what ACTUALLY happened at the Inn that infamous silent night.

”(It’s) all about rhythm, absurdity, and irreverence… John Murphy doesn’t just tip his hat to Basil Fawlty, he rips it off his head and eats it” – Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight

Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E Cordova

December 9, 2013

event imageStaging Chekhov at the VPL

Monday December 9, 2013
Staging Chekhov
Hosted by the Vancouver Public Library

UBC Professor of Theatre and Film Jerry Wasserman moderates a panel conversation with three artists from the recent and upcoming productions of works by Anton Chekhov: Directors John Wright is a UBC Theatre and Film professor emeritus, Kathleen Duborg, a MFA Directing student and actor David Bloom join in the discussion. 

John Wright will be staging Uncle Vanya with his company Blackbird Theatre from Dec. 23 – Jan. 18, 2014, director Kathleen Duborg mounts The Seagullhere at Theatre UBC from Jan. 23 – Feb 8, 2014) and actor David Bloom performed this past spring in Only Child Collective’s Three Sisters

The dialogue examines the playwright's unique dramatic qualities and the approach each artist has taken in bringing them to the stage. 

Vancouver Central Library
Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level
350 West Georgia Street | 7:00 pm-8:30 pm – Admission FREE

December 5-31, 2013

event imageRodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I plays at Gateway Theatre December 5-31, 2013.

UBC alumni and staff include Director Chris McGregor, Costume Designer Carmen Alatorre, Set Designer Marshall McMahen, Sound Designer Andrew Tugwell, with actors Barb Tomasic (Anna) and Jennifer Suratos  (Lady Thiang).







November 28, 2013

Professor Jerry Wasserman Lectures at Museum of Vancouver

event imageThursday, November 28, 2013 ­ 7:30
Museum of Vancouver
History of Theatre in Vancouver
Speaker: Jerry Wasserman

Most theatre goers within Vancouver are aware of the state of theatre within the period they attend but are perhaps not familiar with the changes that have taken place over the long run. For example, during its years of unbridled civic optimism preceding 1912, theatres and opera houses, mainly for vaudeville, sprang up throughout the young city. Very different was the period after the bruising of WWI in which a retreat into British roots competed with the strong vaudeville influences from American theatre. An explosion of Vancouver and BC based original theatre of the 1970s and 80s reflected a growing confidence of time and place. Vancouver theatre has and will continue to be a moveable feast moving with the times.

Jerry Wasserman, an actor and author of several books on Canadian theatre, is currently professor of English and Theatre in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of British Columbia.

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November 28-30, 3013

event image(lovers) WINNERS by Brian Friel
MFA Director Dennis Gupa | Stephen Malloy, THTR 520 Directing Advisor
Dorothy Somerset Studio: November 28th - 30th
6361 University Blvd. UBC Campus - Just 5 minutes West of UBC Bookstore.
FREE ADMISSION | 730pm | Limited seating

The first section of "Lovers," titled "Winners" follows the story of two lovers, Joseph Michael Brennan and Margaret Mary Enright. A play about love, dreams and fears through the eyes of two teenage lovers, who spend the most important day of their lives on top of a hillside.

"Winners" features BFA acting students Lara Deglan, Sarah Roa, Javier Sotres, and Zach Wolfman.

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November 28-December 28, 2013

event imageAlumni Stage Arts Club’s It’s Snowing On Saltspring

November 28 – December 28, 2013
It's Snowing on Saltspring
by Nicola Cavendish, directed by Lois Anderson

BFA Acting alumna Nicola Cavendish's popular home grown holiday hit is back on the stage of the Arts Club. This time out it's directed by BFA Acting and MFA Directing alumnaLois Anderson. It’s Christmas Eve on Saltspring Island. The stockings aren’t hung by the chimney with care and disenchanted Bill Bannister hopes that St. Nick won’t be there. Will it take a reindeer-guided trip to the North Pole for Bill to rediscover the spirit of Christmas?

“Nicola first wrote the hit script for its 1985 premiere, but since that time she has grown as an artist and wanted the script to better reflect her current sensibilities,” said director Lois Anderson, director. “I worked closely with her and feel that we managed to update the story to the present, Christmas 2013, without sacrificing any of the joy and goofy humour.

Alumna Rachel Ditor is dramaturg for the production and Stage Management is by BFA Production Alumna Pamela Jacobs.

Arts Club Theatre, Granville Island

November 28-December 10, 2013

event posterFaculty, Alumni, Little Mountain Gallery & Main Street Theatre present one of the most famous comedic plays ever written: Neil Simon's The Odd Couple!

Nov. 28-Dec. 10, 2013 (HELD OVER)
(no show Dec. 2 or 9)

7:30 PM (Doors @ 7:00)  
Little Mountain Gallery 


Directed by Theatre at UBC Assoc. Professor Stephen Malloy.

Starring: BFA Acting Alumnus Ryan Beil and Mike Wasko.

With: Lindsey Angell, Josh Drebit, Kyle Jespersen, Sebastian Kroon, Michael P. Northey, and BFA Acting Alumna Melanie Reich.

Stage Management by: BFA Design/Tech alumna Collette Brown.

Pay What You Can. Suggested $20
Ticket reservations: (604) 992-2313

Check out this rave review from Jo Ledingham!
“Under Stephen Malloy’s direction this is one of the funniest opening scenes ever.”

Main Street Theatre is back with a fresh offering for Vancouver audiences. After successfully tackling the complicated nuances and heart wrenching drama of Shepherd, Mamet and Beckett the company has set their sights on something a titch more lighthearted: Neil Simon’s classic comedy, The Odd Couple.

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November 20-December 7, 2013

event imageAlumnus Directs Becky Shaw Premiere 

November 20th – December 7th
Becky Shaw
by Gina Gionfriddo, directed David Mackay

The Vancouver premiere of Becky Shaw is directed by MFA Directing & BFA Acting alumnus David Mackay and stars BFA Acting alumni Meghan Gardiner and Moya O'Connell.

Mitch and Murray Productions proudly presents Becky Shaw, by Gina Gionfriddo, a darkly hilarious tale of love, sex and ethics among a quartet of men and women in their 30′s. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, Becky Shaw is a wickedly funny play that asks what we owe the people we love and the strangers who land on our doorstep.

“Blithely cynical and devastatingly funny…witty observations on the emotional damage inflicted by neurotic people in the name of love… Gionfriddo is some kind of genius.” - Variety

Studio 16, 1555 West 7th Avenue

November 14-24, 2013

event imageAlumni premiere The Romeo Initiative
Nov 14 - 24
The Romeo Initiative
By Trina Davies, Directed by Katrina Dunn
Touchstone Theatre

Theatre at UBC alumna, and Touchstone Theatre artistic director Katrina Dunn directs the Vancouver premiere of The Romeo Initiative by Canadian playwright Trina Davies. Other alumni on the production include BFA Production & Design alumni Drew Facey (Set) and Marijka Asbeek Brusse (Stage Management).

Half romantic comedy and half spy thriller with a tantalizing twist, The Romeo Initiative is based on a real 1970’s program in which East German men were sent to develop long-term relationships with West German secretaries to determine their “perfect man”.

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Vancity Culture Lab
1895 Venables Street

November 13-30, 2013

event imageFaculty & Alumni Offer Cocktails at Pam’s

November 13-30 
Cocktails at Pam's 
by Stewart Lemoine, directed by Theatre at UBC professor Stephen Heatley

Studio 1398, Granville Island 

Alumni founded Staircase Equity Collective presents the BC premiere of Cocktails at Pam’s by Stewart Lemoine. In this hilarious, 11 person comedy, we learn that being the perfect hostess is not easy; it's a fine art of pearls and gowns, repartee and knowing the difference between the maid and the cook. But Pam believes she has everything under control- until the unthinkable happens. 

The production is directed by Theatre at UBC professor Stephen Heatley. The creative team includes set design by BFA Design alumni Lauchlin Johnston (The Foreigner) and Christina Dao (Speech & Debate). The acting ensemble includes BFA Acting alumni Yoshie BancroftGeorgia BeatyDaniel DeorksenMaryanne Renzetti, and Joanna Williams with Anousha Alamian, Sebastien Archibald, Brent Hirose, Stefania Indelicato, Shauna Johannesen and Liz Kirkland.


November 2-16, 2013

event imageAlumni premiere People Like Us 
November 2-16, 2013
People Like Us
By Sandi Johnson, Directed by Sarah Rodgers
Firehall Arts Centre

BFA Acting and MFA Directing alumna Sarah Rodgers directs the premiere of People Like Us. BFA Design alumni on the creative team include Amanda Larder (set), Alia Stephen (Lighting) and Scott Zechner (Sound) with Kelly Barker (Stage Manager). 

People Like Us tells the story of a military policeman who returns to Canada following the Gulf War a changed man. His fiercely determined wife fights to restore her husband’s health in the wake of war. A powerful and moving new Canadian play about love, war and searching for peace by Salt Spring Island poet and playwright Sandi Johnson. The production stars Sarah Louise Turner.

November 2-March 14, 2014

event imageNovember 2 – March 2014
Alumnus Luke Beattie in London’s West End

Wishing Luke Beattie (BA 2000) a broken leg across the pond where he’s appearing in London’s West End. He’s in the production Strangers on a Train at the Gielgud Theatre. The show is a psychological thriller and is brought to life by the producers behind the James Bond films. Luke will be sharing the boards with some of the UK’s most noteworthy actors, the play stars Laurence Fox, Jack Huston, Christian McKay, Miranda Raison, Imogen Stubbs, MyAnna Buring and is directed by Robert Allan Ackerman. 

Since graduating from UBC Luke has gone on to graduate with distinction from the MFA in Staging Shakespeare and earned his PhD in Drama at Exeter University as well as earning six awards there during his studies.  He’s also founded two theatre companies Foul Papers Theatre Company in the UK and Vanguard Theatre Society in Vancouver. This past summer he was an assistant director here at Bard on the Beach. We wish him much continued success!


October 11-26, 2013

event imageOctober 11 - 26 
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck 
Presented by Hardline Productions
Directed by Genevieve Fleming

Little Mountain Gallery (195 E 26th Ave)

George and Lennie, field hands in Depression-era California, are trying to scrape together enough cash for a place of their own. But when Lennie stirs up trouble, George must choose between friendship and the American Dream. Featuring UBC BFA Acting alumna Christine Quintana as Curley's Wife, this innovative new take on the classic novella features 2 foley artists scoring the action live, using found items. 

Tickets $23 at


October 8, 2013

event imageUBC at VIFF!

Calling all Theatre and Film at UBC alumni, students, faculty and staff:

Please come out and help us celebrate the wealth of UBC talent at the Vancouver International Film Fest.

You are cordially invited to
The 7th annual UBC Film Production Alumni Association reception
celebrating UBC alumni, faculty & student films at the
Vancouver International Film Festival 2013
Tuesday October 8th, 6-9pm
The Emerald
555 Gore St @ Keefer


showsite Please click here to view films from our ranks at the festival and a list of who's involved with a UBC affiliation.


Producer Sidney Chiu
Sept 28, 6:15pm, Rio/Oct 4, 4:20pm, International Village

Dir/Prods/Scr/Cam/Ed. Terry Miles
Oct 2, 6:30pm, Rio/Oct 10, 1:15pm, SFU Woodwards

Dir/Prod/Scr. Bruce Sweeney, Producer/Editor Rafi Spivak
Prod/Cast Tom Scholte (alumni & students fill out the ensemble cast)
Sept 29, 9:00pm, SFU Woodwards/Oct 9, 1:00pm, SFU

Woodwards/Oct 11, 9:15pm, The Cinematheque
Exec. Producer Mary Anne Waterhouse
Oct. 1, 6:45, Rio/Oct. 9, 3:45pm, SFU Woodwards

Director Charles Wilkinson
Oct. 4, 7:00, International Village/Oct. 6, 2:30pm, Vancity
Theatre/Oct 11, 1:30pm, SFU Woodwards

Prod Mary Anne Waterhouse, Cam James Liston
Sept 29 6:30pm, Rio/Oct 5, 4:00pm, SFU Woodwards,
Oct 11, 3:30pm, Rio

Exec Prod Cari Green
Sept 28, 6:15pm, SFU Woodwards, Oct 3, 1:00pm,
Vancouver Playhouse

Cam. Lindsay George
Oct. 1, 8:45pm, International Village
Oct 8, 12:15pm, Vancity Theatre

Director Mina Shum
Sept 29, 6:30pm, Rio/Oct. 5, 4:00pm, SFU
Woodwards/Oct 11 3:30pm, Rio

Dir. Gabriel Adelman, Cam. Ian holliday
Oct. 4, 9:00pm, SFU Woodwards
Oct. 11, 12:00pm, Vancity Theatre

Dir. Mark Ratzlaff, Prod. Nimisha Mukerji,
Cam. Lindsay George, Ed. Sabrina Pitre
Oct. 1, 845pm, International Village
Oct. 8, 12:15pm, Vancity Theatre


October 5 & 6, 2013

event imageRichard Cook Retrospective Exhibition
OCT 5 & 6, 2013   
Opening Sat 5-10pm    SUN 12-5pm

"50 Years of Performing Arts and Design".

This exhibit will cover Richard Cook’s work as a Set & Costume designer for Theatre & Opera, & also as an Art Director for Film & TV over the last 50 years.

The works will be a compilation of some 150-200 colour drawings & production photographs which will be on display at the Performing Arts Lodge (PAL), Vancouver, in the Theatre space.

PAL is a vibrant community of people who have devoted their lives to Canadian culture, mostly in the Performing Arts, but also the Visual Arts.

There are regular theatre performances & exhibitions at PAL, and now for the first time there is to be an exhibition devoted entirely to the Performing Arts by one of the residents.



October 3-12, 2013

event imageOctober 3 – 12
Speech and Debate
Studio 1398, Granville Island

The Georgia Straight gave a well deserved rave review to UBC grads in the hilarious comedy Speech and Debate. The show features the talents of Scott Button & Claire Hesselgrave (both BFA Acting alumni), Christina Dao & Craig Alfredson (BFA & MFA Design) and is directed by Brian Cochrane (MFA Directing). 

“Performing comedy is all about commitment to weird logic, and the actors in this production of Speech and Debate go all the way. Claire Hesselgrave is a firecracker... timing, her changes of direction, are so whip-fast, they feel like they could break your neck. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen such a thorough and charismatic comic performance. She’s amazing.” - Colin Thomas

Don't miss this! Read the review in full here:



Alumnus Gets Kinky at Arts Club

event imageOct 3 ­ Nov 2
Arts Club Theatre
By David Ives

MFA Acting and BFA Directing alumnus David Mackay directs Venus in Fur.

Assistant director/dramaturg on the production is MA alumna Fannina Waubert de Puiseau. Set and lighting design is by adjunct professor John Webber.

Billed as a "kinky comedy" the play follows a young actress who wants to land the lead in Venus in Fur, a new play based on the infamous novel that inspired the term "masochism." During her charged audition for Thomas, the demanding writer-director, the role-playing turns into an erotically charged game.

Granville Island Stage


October 1-12, 2013

event image Prohibition Theatre’s Stone’s Throw Collective presents
Leo Butler’s Made of Stone

Set in Sheffield, England against the backdrop of an economic downturn, the play centres on three brothers coming to terms with their father's death. This six member ensemble cast confronts the trials and tribulations of life. With Kelly-Ruth Mercier (MFA Directing alumna) as Director, Amanda Larder (BFA Production and Design alumna), and Danielle Bourgon as Stage Manager (BA Theatre alumna) - a triple threat of great Theatre at UBC talent! 

Studio 16, 1545 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver





September 8-15, 2013

event imageThe Vancouver Fringe Festival is one of the largest theatre festival in British Columbia. Suffice to say, there are many UBC affiliated Fringe artists contributing to the 800+ performances.

"Death of a Playwright" is featured at Studio 16, located just off of Granville and 7th Avenue. It is written and directed by BA Theatre alumnus Matthew Willis and dramaturgy done by BA Theatre and English Literature student Paula Zelaya Cervantes.

The backstage and creative team includes BFA production and design students Ndola Hutton as the show's Stage Manager, Shelby Bushell as Costume Designer and Daniel Tessy as Production Designer.

Last but not least, the acting talent includes BA Theatre alumnus Caitlin Docking and BFA production and design student Jayda Paige Novak.

The show promises a look into theatre creation and the  personalities that inevitably clash when dress rehearsals come down to the wire. Also, it promises ghosts.

Show details can be found at:



September 5-15, 2013

event imageTHIS IS NOT A PORNO!

A 45min outdoor roaming comedy at the Vancouver International Fringe Festival

At the Picnic Pavilion (by the Cat's Meow) on Granville Island

Every night, September 5-15 at 8:30pm

Wanted: Adventurous Extras needed to become part of our tumultuous feature film. Must be comfortable questioning reality and testing your humanity a midst physical violence, turbulent love, whirling feathers, music, and murders. Cookies will be provided.

TICKETS: $10/$12

The players: 

Gaalen Engen
Stefania Indelicato
Fiona Mongillo (UBC BFA Acting)
Patricia Trinh
Keenan Johnston (UBC)
Katie Mystery

The Director: 

Andrea Rabinovitch (UBC instructor)

The Writer/Producer: 

Zoe Green (UBC BFA)
Lloyd Choi

The Co-Producer: 

Simon Yang

The Stage Manager: 

Gillian Barker

The Costume Designer: 

Basha Ladovsky (UBC BFA)


September 3, 2013

event imageUBC Arts and Culture District present
Tuesday, September 3rd, 10am-1pm – FREE!                                  

Norman Mackenzie Fine Arts Plaza (beside Belkin Gallery, 1825 Main Mall) A free performing & visual arts event held as part of UBC’s campus-wide Imagine Day

Enjoy outdoor mini performances and get your hands dirty with interactive art installations. Visit advising tables to learn about UBC’s remarkable study options in the performing, creative and visual arts. Find out how to get low and no-cost student tickets to amazing cultural events on campus. Want to get in on the arts scene at UBC? Our student clubs are open to all, so come meet our cool club reps. Rub elbows with our returning students over free coffee, tea and snacks in our Artists Cafés. Don’t miss our Dean of Arts, Gage Averill, who performs at 11 am. 


  • 10:00 
    School of Music & Chan Centre: South Korean Traditional Percussion played by students, followed by a drumming procession. All led by Dr. Nathan Hesselink
  • 10:15 
    Theatre at UBC: Traditional Poi performed by BFA Acting alumna Barbara Kozicki 
  • 10:30 
    Theatre at UBC: BFA Acting students musical preview of season opener Bertolt Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle 
  • 10:45 
    School of Music: UBC Saxophonics led by Dr. Julia Nolan
  • 11:00 
    Faculty of Arts: Dean of Arts Gage Averill performs songs of social change on guitar
  • 11:15 
    Art History, Visual Art and Theory: Assistant Professor Dana Claxton raises awareness about the West Coast National Event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission with an original performance piece
  • 11:30 
    UBC Opera: Flash Mob performs Libiamo from La Traviata & Fugue from Falstaff directed by Vancouver Opera’s Leslie Dalia
  • 11:45 
    Theatre at UBC: UBC Improv Club
  • 12:00 UBC Player’s Club: An original stage adaptation of the cult classic videogame “The Legend of Zelda”
  • 12:15 
  • 12:30 
    School of Music: UBC Saxophonics led by Dr. Julia Nolan
  • 12:45 
    UBC Opera: Opera flash mob performs Libiamo from La Traviata & Fugue from Falstaff directed by Leslie Dalia 

OTHER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: Interactive Painting Installation on Main Mall with the Visual Art Students’ Association | Advising: UBC Theatre & Film, School of Music, UBC Opera as well as Art History, Visual Art and Theory | More Student Clubs: CINEPHILE (Film Studies), Player’s Club (UBC’s Drama Club), UBC Theatre & Film Graduate Student Society | Info. Booth/Ticket contests: Museum of Anthropology, Belkin Gallery and Chan Centre 

THE SCENE: Join us outdoors in the Norman Mackenzie Fine Arts Plaza, beside the Belkin Gallery at 1825 Main Mall

Map: | WHEN: Tue. Sept. 3, 2013 10:00 am to 1:00 pm |More at

Media Contact: Deb Pickman | 604.319.7656


September 6, 2013

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(Photo from the UBC Archives: Official opening of new Frederic Wood Theatre, 19 Sept. 1963 -- L-R: Frederic Wood, UBC Chancellor Phyllis Ross, Dorothy Somerset, UBC President Norman Mackenzie)

UBC Theatre & Film Grad Student Meet & Greet
Friday, Sept. 6
3pm – 5pm
Onstage at the Frederic Wood Theatre

Grad students as well as faculty and staff of Theatre & Film at UBC are invited to a meet and greet on September 6th from 3-5pm on the stage of the Frederic Wood Theatre. The meeting will mark the official launch of the TFGSS (Theatre & Film Graduate Student Society) and will be a chance for grad students from the different programs in our department to get to know one another one another and mingle.

Location: Onstage stage at Frederic Wood Theatre, 6354 Crescent Rd. *Please enter through the lobby.


More info: Kelsey Blair


September 6-13, 2013

event imagePremiering at this year's Vancouver Fringe Festival, Excavation Theatre presents MEANWHILE written and directed by Jessica Nelson (BA Honours Theatre Alumna).

Help Blade, one-on-one, to rediscover and reconnect with the nature that’s all around us, within us, and created from our own roots.

Sculpture Grove, Granville Island, Vancouver BC
September 6-15 

Performances nightly during the Vancouver Fringe Festival at 7:30pm8:00pm8:30pm9:00pm9:30pm10:00pm, and 10:30pm. | Tickets: $10-12 |

Box Office:

Media Contact: Jessica Nelson 604.328.7738

Sept. 6 – 15, 2013 on Granville Island * An Onsite Production


June 12-September 14, 2013

event imageAlumni at Bard on the Beach - June 12 to Sept. 14, 2013, Vanier Park

Bard on the Beach is one of Vancouver's most spectacular annual theatre events. Again this year many of our alumni contribute to the productions which are staged in beautiful Vanier Park.

Directing at "Bard' this season is MFA Theatre alumna and Adjunct Professor Rachel Ditor (Elizabeth Rex) as well as MFA Directing alumnus Dennis Garnhum (Twelfth Night) and BFA Acting alumnus John Murphy (Measure for Measure). The fourth show in the line up is Hamlet, directed by Kim Collier.

Recent MFA Directing grad Chelsea Haberlin is an Apprentice Director (Elizabeth Rex). Haberlin’s appointment was made possible in part by the UBC/Arts Club Theatre Production Internship Program.

The acting ensemble includes BFA Acting/MFA Directing alumna Lois Anderson (Measure for Measure - Ms. Overdone/Elizabeth Rex - Tardy) as well as Bill Dow (Twelfth Night - Sir Toby Beach/Hamlet - Claudius), BFA Acting alumnus David Mackay (Measure for Measure - Angelo/Elizabeth Rex - Cecil) and Naiomi Wright (Twelfth Night - Maria/Hamlet - Rosencrantz).

The creative team for the plays this year feature the work of BFA Design alumnus Drew Facey (Scenic Designer, Studio Stage), PhD Theatre alumnus Nicholas Harrison (Fight Director for the Festival), BFA Design alumnus Conor Moore (Production Designer, Hamlet) along with BFA Acting alumna Kelly Barker (Assistant Stage Manager for the BMO Mainstage).

We wish them and the entire company a wonderful summer!