Theatre Studies

The Department of Theatre and Film at UBC proudly offers both an M.A. and PhD. in Theatre Studies. Students in these programs enjoy strong mentoring relationships with core faculty members and develop research expertise in an area of their choice while also training in the broader theoretical, critical, and historical contexts of the field.

Faculty research specialties include modern drama, the receptions of alternative theatre and cinema, theatre and health, disability theatre, dramaturgy, the reception of cult cinema and performance, 20th century Chinese and Japanese theatre, intercultural performance, and Asian North-American theatre, as well as Canadian, American and modern British theatre. Our students also engage with professors and students in our renowned directing, design and film graduate programs.

UBC offers a world-class research library, a dynamic, multicultural theatre environment and a strong research-oriented university community.

As a smaller program, we accept only a few students a year and work closely with them as they pursue their research. All of our graduate students enjoy the opportunity to develop their academic teaching skills as teaching assistants in UBC’s undergraduate theatre studies classes. The program works hard to provide stable and consistent funding from departmental and university sources and supports students in their applications to national scholarship programs.