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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

Degree Programs: MFA Directing

MFA Directing Advisor: Stephen Malloy

Program and Graduate Secretary (Theatre Production) Zanna Downes


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Once you complete the on line application you will receive detailed instructions regarding what information to send in support of your application. This will include: an up to date theatrical resume, a detailed letter of intention outlining what you hope to accomplish by taking two years away from your professional career to study directing intensively and why you think the program at UBC would be a good fit for you, and letters of reference from scholarly and/or professional sources.


The MFA Directing programme is professionally oriented, intended for those who wish to extend and enhance their directing practice. The programme is highly sought after by theatre artists, and the entrance process is competitive; only one or two students a year are admitted. Typically, entrants arrive with at least five years, usually more, professional theatre experience.

These theatre artists have an opportunity to delve deeply into the intellectual and practical world of theatre. Students spend a year investigating a variety of preparation and rehearsal techniques and the demands of various theatrical performance styles. In their second year they join forces with a Creative Writing/Theatre Masters student and workshop a new play, and they direct two full length productions. One of these shows is the student's thesis production, where, in addition to preparing sa fully realized production of a challenging play, MFA candidates conduct extensive research and write about the style, the playwright, the context and the intentions of the play; the record and analyze their directorial process and they defend their analysis as well as their artistic choices.

Directing for the theatre is about vision and leadership"

Directing for the theatre is about vision and leadership. Directors provide the focus for a huge team of artists, managers and technicians to come together, in order to creatively 'solve the problem' of a play. Directing is to discover a production of a play which will impact an audience in a specific place an time.

The art of directing is, on one hand, to envision those 'solutions', but perhaps more importantly, to create a space where all of these people: actors, designers, dramaturgs, crafts people and technicians, have room to offer their expertise, their creativity, their insights, their skills, and their visions to create one coherent whole. Sound impossible? Well perhaps it is, but that is the goal. We celebrate our past and present directing students' efforts, their visions and their leadership. As they learn from being at UBC, many learn from them.


Graduate Funding Opportunities

All domestic and international students who are accepted and registered full-time in our department’s graduate programs (Ph.D., M.F.A., M.A.) will be eligible for financial assistance from teaching assistantships, research assistantships and Graduate Support Initiative (GSI) funding allocated as entrance awards, multi-year funding awards, tuition awards and/or scholarship top-up awards.

Please visit our Graduate Funding Opportunities page for details.


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If you have any further questions about the MFA Directing Program, please contact the Program Advisor, Stephen Malloy.