Directing

Video produced by students Amanda Verhagen and Alina Cerminara.
Music thanks to the Sunday Buckets.

We believe that students learn about the art and craft of directing by directing. Our viewpoint is that a great theatre director is an artist who has extensive knowledge of the social, political, and artistic histories of world cultures. Students of directing are strongly encouraged to gain a broad liberal arts education in art history, philosophy and English.

We offer student directors the opportunity to develop their art and craft in the three most common architectural forms found in present-day Canadian theatre: thrust, proscenium and studio. Courses at the undergraduate level prepare students for the study of directing and introduce them to some of the key issues of directing text-based theatre. Students will have the opportunity to direct and present scenes and, in some cases, one-act plays. In exceptional cases, self-directed projects, under faculty supervision, will be approved.

Excellent mentorship is provided by faculty artists and by the guest directors who are invited to the department every year. Inter-departmental studies are encouraged and the theatre school enjoys a strong relationship with the Department of Writing.

Program Outline

Recommneded course selections for students interested in Directing specialization.

Level

Courses

Units

Year 1

 

 
  THEA 105: Introduction to Stage Craft & Technical Practice 3.0
  THEA 111 / 112: History and Language of the Theatre (Parts I & II) 3.0
  THEA 120: Introduction to the Art of Acting 3.0
  FA 101 - Creative Being 1.5
 

English Course
At total of 3.0 units are required for a theatre major, of which 1.5 units must be taken before the end of second year. If required, the Academic Writing Requirement should be satisfied in the first year.

1.5
 

Electives
A total of 15 units must be taken outside the department to complete this theatre major. These electives include the 3.0 units of English and 1.5 units for FA 101.

3.0

 

1st Year Total:   

15.0

Year 2

 

  THEA 205: Intro to Production and Management 3.0

 

THEA 210 / 211: Theatre History – French Classicism to 19th Century / Modern Theatre

3.0

  THEA 218 / 219: Acting (for non-acting specialization students) 3.0
  English Course
3.0 units are required for a theatre major. 1.5 units must be taken before the end of second year. It is recommneded to take all your required English courses by the end of 2nd year.
1.5
 

Electives
It is strongly recommended to take WRIT 203: Playwriting Workshop.
A total of 15 units must be taken outside the department to complete this theatre major. These electives include the 3.0 units of English courses and 1.5 units for FA 101.

4.5

 

2nd Year Total:   

15.0

Year 3 & 4

 

 
  THEA 331/ 332: Directing I & II 3.0

 

THEA 355 / 356: Design Aesthetics I & II 3.0
  THEA 431/432: Directing III & IV 3.0
  THEA 499: Theatre Laboratory
3.0
  Theatre History 300+ level
Choose from 309A, 309B, 310, 311, 312, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 328, 333, 337, 338, 362, 363, 390, 391, 409 410, 411, 412, 414.
4.5
 

Electives (Outside the department)
It is strongly recommended to take WRIT 311: Stucture in Stage Drama.
A total of 15 units must be taken outside the department to complete a theatre major. These electives include the 3.0 units of English and 1.5 units of FA 101. See note below.

3.0*
  Electives (Outside or Theatre)
See note below.
10.5*

 

Total:   

30.0

 

 

 

NOTE:

  • A minimum of 3.0 units of English electives are required to complete a theatre major, with 1.5 units required to be taken before the end of second year. If required, the Academic Writing Requirement can be satisfied by taking one of ENGL 135, 146, or 147.
  • A minimum of 4.5 units of senior level 300+ Theatre History courses are required to complete a theatre major..
  • A minimum of 15 units of elective courses must be selected from outside of the department. These include FA 101 and your English courses.
  • *Of the total of 13.5 units of electives in the 3rd and 4th year, 4.50 units of these must be at the 300+ level.

For more information on our program requirements, please refer to the UVic Calendar or contact Anne Heinl, the Fine Arts Academic Advisor.

Professors and Instructors


Leslie D. Bland
BFA University of Alberta, MFA (Directing) University of Victoria,
ARCT University of Toronto
Continuing Sessional Instructor
lessbland@shaw.ca

Linda Hardy
BA Brock , MA University of Toronto
Assistant Professor
lhardy@uvic.ca


Brian Richmond
MA University of Toronto
Professor
brichmon@uvic.ca


Peter McGuire
MFA University of Victoria
Senior Instructor
pmg@uvic.ca

Alumni Profiles

    Dennis Garnhum (BFA ’90)
The Artistic Director of Theatre Calgary since 2005.
  Alistair Newton (BFA '05)
Acclaimed emerging Canadian director and playwright founded Ecce Homo Theatre to present strong socio-political work.