Careers for UBC Theatre & Film Graduates

Graduate Snapshots

BFA ACTING

Torrance Coombs

BFA Acting alumnus Torrance Coombs’ new show REIGN, in which he has a leading role, has won The Favourite New TV Drama Award at the People’s Choice Awards in L.A at the Nokia Theatre.

Gavin Crawford

BFA Acting Alumnus Gavin Crawford earned a 2013 Dora Award for Outstanding Performance/Independent Theatre for his role in A Few Brittle Leaves. In his acceptance speech, Crawford, formerly a cast member of CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes, espoused the value of theatre as an art form.

Anastasia Phillips

BFA Acting alumna Anastasia Phillips played a recurring role in the 2013 season of Global TV’s hit series “Bomb Girls.” The show started as a mini-series and is now a full fledged 12 part series airing in Canada, the United States, UK and in Ireland.

THEATRE PRODUCTION & DESIGN

Rebekka Sorensen

Rebekka Sorensen (BFA Production & Design 2001) received a 2014 Daytime Emmy Award “Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design/Styling”, for her work on the children’s series Spooksville (Hub Network). Rebekka launched her design career in theatre and eventually expanded into the film and television industries. She has since designed in both Vancouver, BC and Norway. Her work for theatre includes (Arts Club Theatre) Miss Saigon, The School for Scandal, A Flea in Her Ear, Beauty and the Beast, Othello, A Christmas Carol and The Buddy Holly Story. More

Astrid Janson

Astrid Janson (MA Theatre Production & Design) earned the 2013 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Costume Design for The War of 1812 (Videocabaret & Young Centre for the Performing Arts). Janson’s work as a production/set and costume designer has been seen across Canada, in Paris, N.Y, Amsterdam and Berlin. She has designed theatre, opera, dance and film projects for the National Ballet, Stratford Festival, Canadian Stage, National Arts Centre, Soulpepper and many films and television specials. Significant exhibition work includes Expo ’86 and a Discovery Gallery for the ROM. Awards include 14 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, The Silver Ticket Award for Lifetime Achievement In The Theatre. She has also received a Toronto Drama Bench Award for Significant Contribution to Theatre and the 2004 Gemini Award for Production Design.

FILM PRODUCTION      

Simon Barry (Continuum, End Times) and Mark Sawyers (Camera Shy)

At the 2013 Leo Awards, Vancouver TV series Continuum and darkly comedic film Camera Shy,won the big awards. Both sprung from the creative minds of UBC film grads – hit TV series Continuum creator and showruuner Simon Barry (BFA 1989) and Camera Shy film director and writer Mark Sawers (BFA 1989). More

Julien Clark

Julien Clarke (BFA 2002) was nominated for an Academy Award for his editing work on District 9, the sci-fi thriller directed by Neill Blomkamp. Clarke’s work also earned nominations from the British Academy of Film and the American Cinema Editors. His more recent projects include editing a Rachel Weisz film, The Whistleblower, as well as The Thing from the producers of Dawn of the Dead, Elysium directed by Neill Blomkamp and Welcome to Yesterday directed by Dean Israelite. More

Lauren Grant

Lauren Grant (BA 2004) won the best live action short drama Genie Award for the residential school musical Savage in 2011. The film has now screened at over 40 film festivals including Berlinale Forum Expanded, BFI London Film Festival, SXSW and the NYC Children’s Film Festival. Lauren’s recent productions, the feature film Picture Day and short film Frost, premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Picture Day won the Borsos Competition for Best Film and Best Performance at the Whistler Film Festival. Frost won Best Canadian Short Film at the Edmonton International Film Festival and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Live Action Short Film. More

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