Gabrielle Berry

Listening to Sign language in popular film and television
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

I decided to pursue a graduate degree because I wanted to continue to learn, explore and interrogate new ideas. After stumbling into my current research in sound, I was excited about the prospect of building upon my Master’s thesis, and diving deeper into the central questions I was beginning to consider. I was also looking forward to the opportunity to contribute to a vibrant academic community.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

I chose UBC because I was interested in continuing to work with my Master’s thesis supervisor Dr. Lisa Coulthard, as I expand and build upon my sound and disability studies based research. During my time at UBC, I’ve had the chance to see and experience the many opportunities and supports available through the Department of Theatre and Film. I’ve also really come to love the campus and the city.

What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?

I was excited about the opportunity to be a part of a small and close-knit PhD program, and the chance to join a growing department as part of its first PhD cohort.

What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?

It was a wonderful surprise discovering just how close UBC is to the ocean. The view looking down Main Mall towards the ocean and the mountains still takes my breath away.

What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?

Throughout my academic career, I have had the opportunity to direct several short films, serve as co-editor-in-chief of a graduate academic journal, sit on a hiring committee, and work in a film archive. I think all these experiences, along with the support of numerous amazing professors over the years, have helped prepare me for this degree.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

I play with my cat, listen to audiobooks, watch movies and read graphic novels.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Take breaks. Go for walks. Know that everyone has imposter syndrome.


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