School of the Arts, Media + Culture SAMC Theatre

At Trinity Western, we believe theatre matters

Of all the arts, theatre is the most collaborative, the most interdisciplinary, the most incarnational. There is no questioning the impact the dramatic arts have had on society. Whether comedy or tragedy, on stage or on screen, stories and their players awaken the imagination, unsettle the status quo, and stir the soul.

We believe Christian artists are called to be culture-shapers. Students in the theatre program are expected to critically engage issues of faith and art in every class, at every stage of their development. Our goal is to produce graduates with a well-rounded theatre education, a broad knowledge of the liberal arts, and an understanding of who they are called to be. Our grads are whole people, wholly engaged in using their talents to transform culture.

Our BFA in Acting provides professional actor training within a liberal arts education and our BA in Theatre ensures a strong foundation in key subject areas while allowing the flexibility to specialize. Whether you are primarily interested in dramatic literature, playwriting, directing, or stage managing, the BA can be tailored to each individual. In both programs, our small class sizes mean the instructors really get to know the students and the students form friendships that last a lifetime.

Production opportunities abound! We mount four productions each year, as well as bi-weekly comedy improv shows, student-directed one act plays and touring productions. In addition, TWU enjoys a unique relationship with Pacific Theatre, a first-rate professional theatre company in Vancouver and arguably the finest theatre company with a Christian mandate anywhere. Pacific Theatre and TWU combine forces to present emerging artist productions at PT's performance space, and gifted students have the opportunity to intern and apprentice with the company. TWU students have also interned with Seattle's Taproot Theatre, as well as Chemainus Theatre Festival, Vancouver Island's favourite theatre for classics, musicals and award-winning contemporary scripts.

Our brand new BFA in Acting provides professional actor training within a liberal arts education and our BA in Theatre ensures a strong foundation in key subject areas while allowing the flexibility to specialize. Whether you are primarily interested in dramatic literature, playwriting, directing, or stage managing, the BA can be tailored to each individual. In both programs, our small class sizes mean the instructors really get to know the students and the students form friendships that last a lifetime.
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