Theatre History

Video produced by students Amanda Verhagen and Alina Cerminara.
Music thanks to Myles Black and the Pearly Whites.

Designed originally by distinguished theatre historians Michael Booth and Alan Hughes, our history program provides students with a rare opportunity to study the theatrical past within a practically-oriented, fully functioning contemporary theatre complex.

Students create their programs in close consultation with faculty, choosing from among a wide range of areas of study. Current faculty specialties include: finance and economics; acting; ancient Greek theatre; 19th- and 20th-century commercial theatre; opera history; theatre criticism; dance history and theory; and Modernism. Students may also study the history of design, directing, dramatic literature and production.

The University of Victoria’s McPherson Library contains superb special collections of historical and theoretical material including the Robertson Davies Collection of 19th-century prompt books, an 18th-century collection, and extensive audio-visual materials.

Our affiliation with the Faculty of Fine Arts offers students exciting opportunities for pursuing interdisciplinary studies in Music and Opera, Writing, Visual Arts and Art History.

In addition, UVic's outstanding departments of History, Law, English, Greek and Roman Studies, Pacific and Asian Studies, and Germanic Languages and Literatures provide theatre history students with many courses and resources directly relevant to their studies.

The City of Victoria has a long and vibrant theatre heritage boasting two turn-of-the-century civic theatres, The Royal and McPherson, a professional opera company, Pacific Opera Victoria, and two innovative professional theatre companies: The Belfry and Intrepid Theatre.

As the capital of British Columbia and home to the Provincial Archives, Victoria is a city rich with opportunities for archival, institutional and architectural research. Victoria's idyllic island location is also handily positioned within easy reach of four other first-rate Canadian and American research facilities: University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Washington and the University of Oregon at Eugene.

The Department of Theatre offers two undergraduate degree options:  BFA Theatre Major with a Specialization in Theatre History and BA Honours in Theatre History.

Program Outline

Suggested course selections for each year for students interested in the Theatre History 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 courses 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

  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. It is recommneded to take all your required English courses by the end of 2nd year.
1.5
 

Electives
A total of 15 units of elective courses 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.

7.5

 

2nd Year Total:   

15.0

Year 3 & 4

 

 
  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.
7.5

 

Theatre courses 300+ level 4.5

 

THEA 490: Graduating Project 3.0
  Approved electives
To be determined by the student and theatre department. See note.
6.0*
  Electives (Theatre or Non-Theatre)
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 for FA 101. See note.
9.0*

 

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 15.0 units of electives in the 3rd and 4th year, 6.0 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


Sarah Blackstone, BA Wyoming, MA Kansas State, PhD Northwestern,
Professor


Allana Lindgren
BA Honours Victoria, MA York University, PhD University of Toronto
Associate Professor

Tony Vickery
MA, PhD University of Victoria
Senior Instructor


Jennifer Wise
MA, PhD University of Toronto
Associate Professor

Alumni Profiles

    Claire Hill (BFA ’2012)
The current administrative manager for Dancemakers in Toronto, Claire has worked across the country in a range of creative and administrative roles.
  David Christopher (MA ’2012)
Widely-educated Theatre History alumni continues his studies at UVic as he pursues a PhD in Cinema and Cultural Theory.
  Jenny Taylor (BFA ’2013)
A recent graduate, Jenny continues her studies in dramaturgy while remaining active in the theatre community.