Department of Theatre & Film

Theatre and Film at UBC offers a comprehensive range of degrees in the study of Theatre and Film and includes the option to study in an interdisciplinary environment with Creative Writing and other university disciplines. Our objective is to develop students’ imaginative, technical, and intellectual skills equally as they prepare to embark on a career in theatre and related arts.

Our objective is to develop the student’s intellectual, creative and technical skills as they prepare to embark on professional careers. Courses can provide students with core disciplines and knowledge of the diversity of aesthetic practices as well as practical experience in theatre and film.

Our aim is to teach students in a liberal arts context that will help to prepare them for a wide range of careers, including, costume and set design, theatre production, teaching, curating, filmmaking, writing and arts administration.

Master's Students
Doctoral Students
Graduate Degrees Awarded

Research Supervisors

Name Research Interests
Burnett, Cathy Movement and dance
Coulthard, Lisa film theory and violence; film sound and violence, contemporary American and European cinemas, continental philosophy and Lacanian theory
Drljaca, Igor
Firkins, Jacqueline costume design
Gardiner, Robert Sceneography , stage design, lightning
Heatley, Stephen Theatre, acting, directing, new play development, comedy, commedia dell’arte, solo performance, play producing, Canadian theatre, Canadian plays, Literature, gender/sexuality
Johnston, Kirsty Dramatic literature and theatre history with particular interest in disability arts and intersections between health, disability and performance
Liu, Siyuan twentieth century Chinese theatre and Asian Canadian theatre
Malloy, Stephen Theatre, directing, acting, playwriting, contemporary classics, David Mamet, Samuel Beckett, Canadian theatre, Irish drama, ancient Greek theatre, Sam Shepard
Marshall, Hallie Performance and Theatrical Productions, Religion, Culture and Space, Arts and Cultural Traditions, Poetry, Cultural Industries, Literary or Artistic Work Dissemination or Reception Contexts, Theatre, Ancient Greek Theatre, Classics, Reception Studies, History of the Book, Tony Harrison, Contemporary British Theatre, Poetry
Mathijs, Ernest film, alternative cinema, independent cinema, European cinema, horror film, David Cronenberg, film audiences, film festivals, censorship, fantasy film, Lord of the Rings, Film studies
McGowan, Sharon Planning of film productions from concept to completion
McIlroy, Brian Arts and Cultural Traditions, Documentary, Early Cinema, Irish Cinema, Canadian and US Cinema, Television Drama
Murphy, Gayle Voice for the Actor, Voice and speech
Pennefather, Patrick
Powers, Bradley Production Technology
Rizzotti, Patrick Design, Design and Planning of Space, Theatrical Productions, Virtual Reality, theatre design, production design, augmented reality, narrative visual experience , design for new works, devised work, site specific experiences
Scholte, Tom Theatre, film, and television
Walsh, Shannon South Africa, Indigenous Studies, Afropessimism & Critical Race Studies, Documentary, Environmental Justice, Affect Theory