BFA Acting

BFA Acting Auditions Coordinator: Stephen Heatley
Program Secretary: Karen Tong –


The Department of Theatre & Film at UBC holds auditions each February, for admission to our BFA Acting Degree Program for the following September. Registration for auditions is open as of October 1, 2019. For more information and to apply for September 2020 admission, please visit our BFA Acting: How to Apply page.


UBC Department of Theatre & Film has moved to first year admission to our BFA Programs (allowing entry directly from high school).

The B.F.A. Acting Program offers professional actor training supplemented by a solid grounding in the history of theatre and the benefits of a liberal arts education. Admission is by audition and is highly competitive. Only a select number of students are accepted into the program each year.

Your first year will serve as an orientation to UBC, where you will fulfill some required Arts courses and a selection of electives. The second year of the BFA focuses on the development of the actor’s instrument through story telling, improvisation, scene study, movement and voice. The third year covers the study and practice of acting styles including Commedia dell’arte, Chekhov and Shakespeare. The fourth year incorporates screen acting, auditioning, solo creation, singing, voice-over and stage combat. Courses are fully integrated with Theatre at UBC productions and students act in shows that are directed and coached by guest artists and faculty who are working professionals and leaders in their disciplines.

Theatre at UBC is a renowned training program that has produced some of Canada’s most innovative artists and theatre practices for over 50 years. A small sampling of the distinguished actors who have studied with us, among many others, includes: David Adams, Lois Anderson, Sarah Afful , Ryan Biel, Brent Carver, Nicola Cavendish, Camyar Chai, Joy Coghill, Torrance Coombs, Gavin Crawford, Robert Clothier, Rachel Cronin, Evan Frayne, Meghan Gardiner, Bruce Greenwood, Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster, Larry Lillo, David Mackay, Stephen E. Miller, Camille Mitchell, Ruth Nichol, Moya O’Connell, Eric Peterson, Dawn Petten, Anastasia Phillips, Sarah Rodgers, Laara Sadiq, Kerry Sandomirsky, Goldie Semple, Tom Scholte, Michael Shanks, Jason Grey-Stanford, Camille Sullivan and Katey Wright.

BFA Promotional Video

The following video is an introduction to the training and performance opportunities available to acting students through the BFA Acting Program at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. The Theatre at UBC video documents the experiences of three BFA acting students and offers a glimpse into their class work and backstage preparations for a BFA production.

Directed by Stephen Malloy
Shot and edited by Bojan Bodruzic
Original Music by Patrick Pennefather

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