Why Theatre?

Follow your passion at TWU. Our BA Theatre program will prepare you for a career doing what you love.

On reviewing the overall level of interest in the BA in Theatre, Trinity Western University has decided it will no longer be accepting new applications into this program.

However, several of the outcomes of the program can be met through the BA in Media + Communication, the BA in English, and the BA in Game Development programs, and we encourage you to explore these options.

Though these programs are not a perfect replacement, they offer courses in writing, film, story, communication, and several other forms of creative expression in English. These programs will provide you with the knowledge and skills to progress in further studies or a career within various related fields.

We believe Christian artists are called to be culture-shapers.

As a part of TWU’s theatre program, you will critically engage with issues of faith and art in every class. Our graduateshave a well-rounded theatre education and a broad knowledge of the liberal arts. Previous alumni have established careers as actors, directors, producers, designers, stage managers, playwrights, teachers, and arts administrators.

BACHELOR OF ARTS (BA) THEATRE

A BA with a major in Theatre provides a strong foundation in all aspects of theatre, with the flexibility to specialize. Whether your passions lie in directing, playwriting, stage managing or dramatic literature, our program can be tailored to your interests. Our small class sizes allow for in-depth mentorship opportunities with professors.

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS (BFA) ACTING

The only program of its kind in Canada, our BFA in Acting combines a Christian liberal arts education with intensive actor training. As a BFA student, you will take a range of acting, voice, and movement classes, and there are a significant number of performance opportunities. You will also study dramatic literature, directing, and playwriting. Our graduates are versatile and highly employable theatre artists, creating work that makes a significant contribution to the world of theatre. Auditions for the BFA take place at the end of your first year.


ALUMNI PERSPECTIVE:

“The teaching and mentoring I received at TWU was a fantastic preparation for my professional career. Not only do the professors train you in all aspects of the complex craft of theatre, they challenge you to risk and to think critically, while deeply caring about your personal development and character.”

KAYLEE HARWOOD, 2008
Jessie Award, Vancouver’s Most Promising Newcomer, 2010
Guenevere in Camelot, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, 2011
Jesus Christ Superstar on Broadway, 2012

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Canada’s only BFA in Acting at a Christian university
  • Major, minor and concentration options that allow for flexibility and specialization
  • Performance and production opportunities in classics, contemporary plays, new works, student-directed productions, musical theatre, and comedy improv
  • One-on-one mentorship from instructors who are working professionals and committed Christians
  • Regular attendance at professional theatres in Vancouver and opportunities to connect directly with the artists
  • Specific scholarships for SAMC Theatre majors

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

Acting - Eight courses including Auditioning, Acting Shakespeare, and From Stage to Screen, as well as four years of voice and movement training.

Dramatic Literature - Complete two from ten choices of dramatic literature courses from all periods across the globe.

Playwriting and Directing - Courses that help you learn the craft and offer the opportunity to produce your own work.

Technical Theatre and Production - Practical opportunities that involve all aspects of creating a theatre production.


AFTER GRADUATION

Our students have been successful in the professional theatre industries across Canada and in the US as actors, designers, and technicians. Many students have also become highly qualified theatre educators in high schools through the completion of BC’s one year PDP program. Other students have gone on to achieve distinction in a variety of other professions, including law, marketing, non-profit human rights organizations, and entrepreneurial endeavors.

Degrees

Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Minor
Concentration

Important Dates

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What's Onstage

Our theatre productions are a favourite “must do” on campus, featuring collaborative work by students across all disciplines in the university. We mount four productions in our theatre season, including a musical and a Shakespeare play in alternating years.

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11:07

SAMC Theatre hosts a late-night, bi-weekly improv comedy show called 11:07, alternate Friday nights at...you guessed it...11:07. Tickets are $3 and available at the door. Check the SAMC Events Calendar for dates.

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London + Paris Travel Study

Feast on the arts and their rich history in two global epicentres. Shakespeare’s Globe, London’s West End, the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral…you’ll earn course credit while making memories to last a lifetime.

Careers in Theatre
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Opportunities include careers in:

  • professional theatre
  • film
  • television
  • church/missionary drama ministry
  • theatre education

as well as various careers in public relations, sales, marketing, and other fields that require professionals with honed interpersonal and presentation skills.

Faculty Profiles

Craig Erickson, M.F.A.

Part-time Instructor of Theatre

Angela Konrad, MFA, Professor of Theatre

Professor of Theatre
Chair, SAMC Theatre

Kate Muchmore Woo, MFA, MA, Associate Professor of Theatre

Associate Professor of Theatre
Co-Chair, Department of Theatre

Kerri Norris, MFA

Instructor in Theatre