New Summer Arts Series with Continuing Studies

New for summer 2022, Fine Arts is offering our inaugural Summer Arts Series in partnership with UVic’s Division of Continuing Studies and Alumni Relations, which will see returning alumni teaching courses for the general public. And for this first series, we’ve chosen to focus on two topics:  one related to sustainability and the arts, and the other on professional development. 

Environmental Writing Workshop: Turning Knowledge into Feeling

Join environmental journalist, author and Department of Writing alum Arno Kopecky for this four-day workshop exploring how to turn complex information into emotionally compelling narratives. Participants will dive into a range of current environmental writing, from advocacy journalism to op-eds and longform creative nonfiction.

This in-person session runs on the UVic campus from 9am to 1pm Monday-Thursday, July 4-7 ($390).

Arno Kopecky graduated from UVic in 2001 with a double major in Creative Writing and Environmental Studies. A regular contributor to The Globe and MailThe WalrusThe TyeeThe Narwhal, and other publications, he has also written three books of literary nonfiction: The Devil’s CurveThe Oil Man And The Sea (shortlisted for the 2014 Governor General’s Award), and most recently, The Environmentalist’s Dilemma: Promise And Peril In An Age Of Climate Crisis.

 

But if you’re looking for something more performance-based, check out an Introduction to Voice Acting.

In this series of four online workshops, Department of Theatre alum and now LA-based voice actor Erin Fitzgerald will introduce you to the basics of voice acting. You’ll learn how to apply theatre experience to behind-the-mic acting and pick up the basics of body and breath for creating characters for either animation or video games. You’ll also learn proper breathing and vocal warm-up techniques, create fresh new characters, and go over professional voiceover audition copy for animation and video games. Erin will then provide personalized feedback and teach a new technique on how to approach audition copy.

Erin is a Canadian-American voice actress and actress who has been living and working in LA since 2000. She is best known for her voice-over roles of May Kanker and Nazz in Cartoon Network’s classic original series Ed, Edd n’ Eddy. Erin also plays Bo in the Emmy Award-winning show  Storybots on Netflix and is known for her voice work in We Bare Bears, Ever After High, Monster High, Wild Grinders, The Jungle Bunch and Miraculous Ladybug. She is also a frequent voice on video games, including World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, The Last of Us, Danganronpa, League of Legends: Skullgirls, Persona 4: Golden, Persona 5, FFXIV, FFIX, FFVIIR, Bravely Default and many many more.

While current or former theatre students will get the most out of this workshop, however this method is for anyone. This session runs July 5 – 14, online ($390).

For full information and registration, please visit the Summer Arts Series page on the Continuing Studies website.  

Call for nominations: student community impact award

Are you a current or graduating UVic Fine Arts undergraduate who’s been involved with some community-engaged creative activity in Greater Victoria between Jan 1/21 & May 31/22? If so, you could qualify for $1,000 via our Community Impact Award!

The annual Fine Arts Student Community Impact Award will be awarded in Fall 2022 to undergraduate students who have demonstrated an outstanding effort in a community-engaged creative activity in Greater Victoria. Student recipients are eligible to receive funding of $1,000 or more.

Read about the inaugural 2021 winners here.

2021 winners (from left): Kyla Fradette (Music), Alison Roberts (Theatre) and Dani Neira (AHVS)

Eligibility criteria

Entering, graduating, transferring, or continuing undergraduate students of UVic’s Faculty of Fine Arts are eligible for the award at this time. Activity must have occurred between January 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022.

For the purpose of this award, “community-engaged creative activity” may include (but is not limited to) any exhibit, performance, workshop, literary, curatorial, educational, digital, production and/or administrative role within the regional boundaries of Greater Victoria (Sidney to Sooke).

Submission deadline

A completed submission package—including the submission form and all supporting materials—must be received by 5:00pm Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

Submissions and relevant support material must be uploaded here.

Requirements

The following elements will be required in order to submit your award application.

  1. A description of the community-engaged creative activity (maximum 500 words), including a title page with applicants contact information.
  2. A letter from an individual or organization demonstrating how the student was involved in the community-engaged creative activity (maximum 300 words).
  3. Two letters of endorsement of the project (maximum two pages and from different people than #1. The letters must be written by people who are not related to the nominee).
  4. A resume, CV or portfolio encapsulating the student’s work.

Selection criteria

Nominations will be evaluated on the quality of experience, recognition and dedication to creative practice including contributions to, engagement with, and impact on the local arts community.

  • Nominations can be made by any individual or organization in Greater Victoria.
  • Students can nominate themselves for the award.
  • Neither the nominator nor the letters of endorsement can be from a relative of the nominee.
  • Students are only able to receive the award once, but can submit multiple nominations.
  • All nominations will be screened for basic eligibility. If a nomination is incomplete or deemed ineligible, it will not be advanced to the jury.

Selection process

The Fine Arts Student Community Impact Award recipients will be chosen by a jury representing the five disciplines of Fine Arts convened annually by the Dean of the UVic Faculty of Fine Arts, based on the criteria for the award.

The fine print

Approval of the recipient will be made by the Senate Committee on Awards upon the recommendation of the Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts. The Award will be presented annually as part of the annual Greater Victoria Regional Arts Awards (or another suitable event) as determined by the Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and the Dean’s External Advisory Committee.

Questions?

Contact us at fineartsawards@uvic.ca

Young Alumni Lunch & Learn Series: Finding Meaningful Work in the Arts

Everyone wants to find a relevant job after graduation, but what are the actual steps you’ll need to take to get there? How do you make connections and learn to network? How important can volunteering be to career development? What career assistance is available to you, both before and after graduation?

Bring your questions when recent Fine Arts alumni offer the inside scoop in these moderated, informal, free lunch & learn sessions on a variety of topics

“Finding Meaningful Work in the Arts” with Caroline Riedel

Find out the steps some recent grads took to get where they are—and how they applied skills they already had—in this new Fine Arts Young Alumni Lunch & Learn webinar series. 

Did you know UVic’s Coop & Career Services offers free career services for students and alumni—regardless of when you graduated? From  brushing up your resume and cover letter to mock interviews and more, the Fine Arts rep can help you find the work you want to be doing. 

An experienced arts professional, Caroline Riedel is passionate about creating job opportunities help students mobilize classroom learning into rewarding professional experiences. with UVic’s she coaches students & alumni on career development, employment prep and work search transitions.

12-1pm Friday, April 8: register here

Are You Media Ready?” with Cormac O’Brien

Regardless of your artistic discipline, you need to be able to tell your story through words and pictures—but are you ready to speak to the media? Is your social content appropriate and relevant to your practice? Do you have current and accurate information online? If you’re putting yourself out there, what’s the media going to find? Join a recent grad for this insider-look at best practices when it comes to working with the media, framing your story, creating a professional social media presence & more.

Currently social media manager with Toronto’s Six Shooter Records, Cormac O’Brien is a multifaceted Department of Writing grad who has held all sorts of jobs across multiple arts industries—including musician, journalist, editor, podcast host/creator, content creator, artist manager and graphic designer!

RESCHEDULED to 12-1pm Wed, April 13: register here

 

Catch up on the other sessions in this series with these recordings of our earlier presentations: 

Meet Shakespeare’s Women

The cast of Shakespeare’s Women (all photos by Dean Kalyan)

With the recent International Women’s Day celebrations, the final Phoenix Theatre play of our academic year—Libby Appel’s Shakespeare’s Womenseems doubly appropriate. Featuring the Bard’s most iconic leading ladies—from Hamlet‘s Ophelia to Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and the singular likes of Juliet, Cleopatra and Lady Macbeth, these women “in all their infinite variety” are powerful, passionate, merciful, loving and beloved, desperate, mournful . . . and victorious.

Weaving together momentous scenes from 16 of Shakespeare’s most significant plays, Shakespeare’s Women shifts our gaze to revisit the familiar through the eyes of his most memorable female characters including Cordelia, Rosalind, Olivia and Viola, Isabella, Hellen, Helena, Katherine and Cleopatra. The result portrays women “in all their infinite variety”—powerful, passionate, merciful, false, gallant, loving, desperate, beloved, lonely, mournful, and victorious— reminding us that Shakespeare has gifted us with characters that are not stuck in the past, but are the heroines we still need today.

But what do these characters have to say to us today from our contemporary perspective, over 400 years later? Rather than stuck in the past, Shakespeare has gifted us with characters that are the heroines we still need today. Guest director Dean Gabourie brings his years of experience from the Stratford Festival and his passion for addressing issues of social significance with ACME Theatre to reaffirm the importance of the Bard’s plays in our time.

Go behind the story

In this short interview, UVic English professor Janelle Jenstad shares her insights about the women in Shakespeare’s plays . . . including the ones she wishes had more of a backstory and which need to sit down for a talk about their father issues!

Mo Hatch, host of the student-led Phoenix Fire podcast, also has an in-depth conversation with English’s Dr. Nancy Wright. They chat about Dr. Wright’s favourite female characters in the Bard’s plays and she spoke to the significance of seeing them come together on stage. Hatch also speaks with guest director Dean Gabourie about working on Shakespeare’s Women and what inspires and engages him as a director.

Naomi Duska portrays Nerissa from The Merchant of Venice

Watch it online

See theatre the way it works best for you! Our performances are beautifully captured by three different camera angles for a dynamic online streaming experience from the comfort of your own home. An easy one-click link is emailed to you the afternoon before your show time.

Streaming shows run Thursday, March 24 at 7pm, Friday, March 25 at 7pm and Saturday, March 26 at 3pm.

And you can read more about the $15,000 UVic & donor-funded, three-camera, 10-person streaming team need to create live theatre online in this behind-the-scenes story on the Phoenix Fire blog.

Ximena Garduño Rodríguez plays Cleopatra from Antony and Cleopatra

In the media

In this clip, CTV Vancouver Island spoke to fourth-year design student Brock Keeler about his work on Shakespeare’s Women (the story starts at 37:42). We also see a scene from As You Like It (featuring Sophia Radford and Jaswant Cridge).

“A play like this is a natural fit for a university in that it provides students, especially young women, the chance to sample a multitude of classic roles,” says this Times Colonist review. “The notion is that these diverse characters pop in and out of a nightclub with throbbing electro music. The conceit works, thanks in part due to Brock Keeler’s atmospheric design: warehouse/industrial with rusting girders.”

Describing the show as “a light, fun exploration of the Bard’s work,” this Martlet review notes that, “The enjoyment of Shakespeare’s Women comes down to the performances. It’s really about the actors handling abrupt changes in tone, as well as the back and forth their characters are put in. I would recommend it for this alone, just to see the verbal fighting the actors can get into as they bounce banter off each other.”

Tabatha Hamilton plays Lady Macbeth, from Macbeth

Shakespeare’s Women runs through to March 26 at UVic’s Phoenix Theatre, with 8pm evening performances and a 2pm Saturday matinee. Tickets range from $16-$30, with a $15-per-household streaming option 

Young Alumni Lunch & Learn Series: Are You Media Ready?

Whatever your creative practice, it’s essential that you tell the right story about yourself—and have the kind of social media profile that shows you’re serious about your craft. Join a recent grad for this insider-look at best practices when it comes to working with the media, framing your story, creating a professional social media presence & more.

Bring your questions when recent Fine Arts alumni offer the inside scoop in these moderated, informal, free lunch & learn sessions on a variety of topics.

Find out the steps these recent grads took to get where they are—and how they applied skills they already had—in this new Fine Arts Young Alumni Lunch & Learn webinar series.

Are You Media Ready?” with Cormac O’Brien

Regardless of your artistic discipline, you need to be able to tell your story through words and pictures—but are you ready to speak to the media? Is your social content appropriate and relevant to your practice? Do you have current and accurate information online? If you’re putting yourself out there, what’s the media going to find?

Currently social media manager with Toronto’s Six Shooter Records, Cormac O’Brien is a multifaceted Department of Writing grad who has held all sorts of jobs across multiple arts industries—including musician, journalist, editor, podcast host/creator, content creator, artist manager and graphic designer!

12-1pm Wednesday, April 13: register here

 

“Finding Meaningful Work in the Arts” with Caroline Riedel

Everyone wants to find a relevant job after graduation, but what are the actual steps you’ll need to take to get there? How do you make connections and learn to network? How important can volunteering be to career development? What career assistance is available to you, both before and after graduation?

An experienced arts professional, Caroline Riedel is passionate about creating job opportunities help students mobilize classroom learning into rewarding professional experiences. with UVic’s she coaches students & alumni on career development, employment prep and work search transitions.

12-1pm Friday, April 8: register here

Note: these sessions are open to all students and recent alumni.

Catch up on the other sessions in this series with these recordings of our earlier presentations: 

Distinguished Alumni

Fine Arts was thrilled to see three past graduates named among the 20 recipients of the UVic’s 2022 Distinguished Alumni Awards announced on March 10. 

Presented by UVic and the University of Victoria Alumni Association, the awards recognize graduates who, through their leadership or accomplishments, contribute significantly to communities locally, nationally or globally. New this year, there are three award categories: the Presidents’ Alumni Awards, the Indigenous Community Alumni Awards and the Emerging Alumni Awards—and Fine Arts had winners in each category. Congratulations to all!

Kim Senklip Harvey directing a staged reading of Kamloopa at UVic’s Chief Dan George Theatre in Nov 2021 (photo: Tori Jones)

Kim Senklip Harvey

Syilx and Tsilhqot’in director, writer and actor Kim Senklip Harvey (MFA Writing, ’21) was named one of the winners in the Emerging Alumni Awards category, adding to her 2021 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama for her groundbreaking play, Kamloopa: An Indigenous Matriarch Story. 

Kim is no stranger to awards, with Kamloopa having won the 2019 Jessie Richardson Award for Significant Artistic Achievement, Best Production and the Sydney J. Risk Prize for Outstanding Original Play. Kim is currently developing three television series, working on her first book of prose and earning her PhD in Law at UVic. She believes that storytelling is the most compelling medium to move us to a place where everyone is provided the opportunity to live peacefully.

Kim feels her work is in deep service to her peoples. “I say my stories are a place of respite for their trying lives and if I make them laugh once or momentarily nourish their spirits I’ve done my job,” she says. “I hope my continued work supports the next generation in the ongoing practice of making a more equitable and peaceful future.”

Read more about Kim Senklip Harvey here.

Marion Newman

Kwagiulth and Stó:lō First Nations mezzo-soprano and CBC Saturday Afternoon at the Opera host Marion Newman (Music, ’93) is the recipient of one of UVic’s new Indigenous Community Alumni Awards. “I hope to bring about better awareness and understanding that will lead to meaningful change in who we see as our leaders and innovators,” she says.

As a singer, Marion is acclaimed for her portrayals of Dr. Wilson in Missing and title roles in Shanawdithit and Carmen, and will make her debut with the Welsh National Opera in June 2022. She is also co-founder of Amplified Opera, a group that centres artists and encourages audiences to embrace diverse and challenging cultural experiences.

She is sought after as a speaker, teacher, dramaturge, director and advisor for institutions and arts organizations across North America.

When asked about her advice to young people entering the world of professional music, who may feel lost or confused about their future, she had this to say: “Never stop learning and don’t be afraid to make mistakes: learn, apologize if needed and move forward. And remain open to other ways of engaging in your area of interest and expertise.”

Read more about Marion Newman here.

 

Karen Clark Cole

Recipient of a prestigious President’s Alumni Awards, Karen Clark Cole (AHVS ’91) is the CEO & co-founder of the award-winning, global experience design firm Blink UX. “Our mission is to enrich people’s lives . . . so the world can have more happy people,” she says from her home in Seattle, where she loves to trail run, garden, backcountry ski, kitesurf and hang out with her amazing daughter.

Karen’s leadership philosophy is grounded in what she calls being a “Possibility Thinker.” Her optimistic, fully present approach to life enables her to turn big visionary ideas into action and plant a seed for what is possible in everyone she meets.

When asked about her time in Fine Arts, Karen recalls, “The campus, the students, and the professors were all top notch. The profs were all so accessible and engaged it created a very personal and intimate learning experience.”

Karen is also executive director for Girls Can Do, a non-profit she founded in 2014. Girls Can Do hosts an event series for girls with the mission to inspire a generation of possibility thinkers and ignite a vision for equal opportunity. In 2016, First Lady Michelle Obama gave a keynote video address, and Karen received a thank you letter from President Barack Obama for her work with girls.

Read more about Karen Clark Cole here.