Alumni Take on New Roles at UBC

event_cam_cronin_aWelcome to Alumnus Cam Cronin – Our New Department Acting Administrator:

It is our great pleasure to announce that Mr. Cam Cronin has stepped into the position of Acting Administrator for the UBC Department of Theatre and Film. Cam is a graduate of the Department (B.A. Theatre) and comes with a strong background in both Theatre and Film.

Most recently Cam worked at the HR MacMillan Space Centre as Manager, Public Programmer and Digital Media Specialist. He also has worked independently as a Technical Director and as an Actor in Theatre, Film and Television. Of his new appointment here Cam says “I look forward to helping launch a new generation of young artists from this fine Depatment.”

Cam takes over from our former Administrator Gerald Vanderwoude who has moved over to the Dean’s office to become Assistant Dean, Faculty of Arts.

Alumnus Gerald Vanderwoude Takes a New Role as Assistant Dean of Arts:

Theatre at UBC MFA Directing alumnus Gerald Vanderwoude was one of UBC’s most unusual students. While studying for his Masters degree in directing in 1988, he actually lived under his desk in the Frederic Wood Theatre for the entire first year of his degree.  “It was such a long trip from Kootenay loop to UBC and if you missed the bus at 11:00pm in those days… well you were stuck on campus. One night I fell asleep on the theatre set I was building and I kind of just kept doing that.”

A specialist in the work of Samuel Beckett, Gerald has built 42 productions, directed 53, and designed lights and sound for 12. He started in the box office of Theatre at UBC and in 2005 became the Administrator and Business Manager for the Department of Theatre and Film. On December 6th he moved on to his new position at UBC in one of our largest faculties as Assistant Dean of Arts. Gerald is the 2010 recipient of the UBC President’s Service Award for Excellence.

We will miss him greatly and wish him all the best in his new office.