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“THE 520’s” An Evening of Two One Act Plays. FREE Admission! Dorothy Somerset Studio Theatre. Apr. 15-17.

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Theatre at UBC Graduate Symposium (TUGS) 2014: (Re)Presenting Archives: Memory, History, Text, and Performance. Saturday, Apr. 25.

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UBC COMMEMORATES KOMAGATA MARU INCIDENT: Vancouver Events Commemorating The Komagata Maru Incident. May 3.

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A memorial service will be held to celebrate the life of Klaus Strassmann. Sunday May 25, at the Frederic Wood Theatre, UBC.

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Please visit UBC’s Dr. Klaus Gerhard Strassmann Memorial site to share your memories of Klaus by adding stories, photos and videos.

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


Proudly Supporting our Students, Alumni & Faculty

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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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Publicity Workshop with alumna Deb Pickman. $10 for non-Fringe artists2014 Fringe Festival artists FREE! Monday, Apr. 14.

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ICELAND by Nicolas Billon, directed by Kathleen Duborg (BFA Acting alumna & current MFA student in Directing). Featuring the work of BFA Alumni. Studio 16. Apr. 23-May 3.

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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

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Our mainstage, the 400 seat Frederic Wood Theatre, is located in the northwest Arts quadrant of the campus, near the Art History and Visual Arts, Music, and Architecture buildings, and adjacent to the Belkin Art Gallery and the Museum of Anthropology. (Click here to view map). The theatre has a fully equipped proscenium stage with fly tower (25 CW sets), traps, and a built-in revolve. Built in the classic style of the 1960s, it is the home of our Theatre at UBC season of productions, and the heart of the Department. The building houses shop, classroom and office spaces. As the needs of the Department have grown over the years, our rehearsal and classroom spaces have expanded to other areas of the campus.

The Telus Studio Theatre, located in the Chan Centre of the Performing Arts, is a 110-seat flexible black box space with movable seating towers, providing a number of playing space configurations and a walk-in grid. The Department mounts two productions each season in the Telus, which also serves as a studio and classroom space. (Click here to view map)

In addition, the newly renovated Dorothy Somerset Studio Theatre, located adjacent to the Acting Program's rehearsal studios (in the B.C. Binning Studios) is used to stage small productions and class projects. The DSS is equipped with a lighting board and a fixed grid. This attractive black box theatre has a flexible seating plan and can seat up to 120, with a total room capacity of 150. (Click here to view map).



Design courses are taught in a variety of classrooms. MFA Design students may be assigned an on-campus workspace including a drafting surface with a Mayline sliding parallel. A computer lab equipped with Vectorworks 12, Photoshop 8, Lightwrite 4, MS Office, Internet Explorer,etc. is available for shared use. Students must provide all other drafting equipment and software.



The production facilities and shops are located in the Frederic Wood Building. (Click here to view map). The scene shop is well equipped for wood and metalwork, and has a 20 x 40 foot movable paint frame. The costume shop is fully equipped and has an extensive costume stock. We have a small properties shop adjacent to the scene shop. The properties stock is one of the best in the city. The Department maintains reciprocal loan arrangements for costumes and properties with the major local professional theatres and film companies.

The Department sponsors the operation of a scene shop at UBC's Great Northern Way campus. (Click here to view map) The shop is run as an independent operation, and serves as a major resource for Vancouver's theatre companies, both large and small. It also is the storage site for the UBC scenic stock, and houses the largest thermoplastics vacuform machine in the city. In addition a new costume shop now operates alongside the GNW Scene Shop. The costume shop is available to arts organizations and artists to build and assemble costumes, scenic drops and fabric creations. We have a roster of wardrobe artists, cutters and seamsters available to create your next project.



The University Library has the second-largest collection in Canada and subscribes to 70 periodicals in Theatre, Film and related fields. The Department has a small collection of scripts and some useful source material for designers. The Fine Arts and Music Libraries are quite good. The Vancouver Public Library also has a large collection of books in their Fine Arts Division. Library cards are available to UBC students for a small fee.



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