UBC Theatre and Film is proud to recognize our Class of 2023 graduates. They have grown into remarkable artists, practitioners and scholars, and into even more inspiring members of our greater Theatre and Film community. We are thrilled to celebrate their achievements today, and we cannot wait to see what they do next!
Message from Stephen Heatley, Head of the Department of Theatre and Film
To the remarkable graduates of the Department of Theatre and Film on your graduation:
Graduation day can be bittersweet as we say goodbye and good luck to all of the students we have come to know and treasure and who are moving on to the next exciting stages of their lives. Congratulations on this monumental achievement! You deserve to be proud of your hard work, dedication, creativity, and determination. There have been times of frustration and discouragement, but you have prevailed, and the world is a better place because of you. The 2020s have demanded that we all learn new ways of being with each other to keep ourselves and our community safe and healthy, both physically and mentally. As we move towards a new era, remember the lessons of the last three years, and always be prepared to pivot—with grace, humility, and flair.
I encourage you to not be strangers. The Department of Theatre and Film is your artistic and scholarly home, and you will always be welcomed back to participate in any of our many activities—readings, symposia, screenings, productions. Remember, we are the storytellers, and the events of the past few years will need to be recorded, reflected on, and shared. We will tell of the bravery and the heartbreak, of the joy, and the despair. Stories are our lifeblood, and it is through the power of the theatre, the cinema, and the media that these stories will be told and retold so that together, we can better appreciate the rich complexities of what it means to be human.
Stay safe, stay curious, and stay in touch.
Wishing you all the very best on this special day.
Caylee Watrin (She/Her)
Simran Dhinjal (She/Her)
Tamar Hanstke (She/Her)
While our congratulatory message extends to all of our Fall 2023 graduates, this post only includes the profiles of students who have opted-in to be featured.