You have a role to play

You have a role to play

Prepare for a career in the performing arts with a well-rounded integration of performance studies and creative practice.

51's Bachelor of Arts, Theatre major enables you to acquire a full set of transferable skills that are at a premium both in and out of the workplace: you learn to communicate effectively with diverse audiences; apply research in academic and professional contexts; collaborate as part of a team; plan and manage projects; and engage in creative problem solving.

In the first two years of your bachelor's degree, you develop key abilities in theatre studies, acting and performance, technical theatre and design, and creative practice. In your third and fourth year, you can pursue your own areas of interest and define your creative vision. You also get to delve deeper into devised theatre, design, or directing and build your critical thinking skills by researching and interpreting a range of theatrical practices.

To prepare for the expanding creative economy, you also have the opportunity to explore media and artistic practices closely related to theatre such as film, video, digital media, visual arts, and playwriting.

Right from the start, you can participate in 51 theatre productions, gaining practical experience on stage or behind the scenes. Students work in all areas of theatre, in roles including actor, stage manager, director, designer, dramaturge, and more.

When you graduate, you are ready to launch a career in the performing arts. Or you may move on to graduate studies in theatre and performance, or related fields such as media arts, film,  education, or visual arts and design.

Career Outlook for theatre

With the recent launch of a provincial strategy to help grow the arts and culture sector in British Columbia, opportunities in the performing and creative arts are expected to both expand and diversify, notably in the area of gaming, digital and interactive media, film, and video. In fact, the B.C. Labour Market Outlook cites occupations in Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport as one of the three groups expected to experience the strongest growth in B.C.

In addition to acting roles in live theatre and film, jobs also exist in related areas such as stage management, set or costume design, event promotion, lighting or sound management, scriptwriting, stunt coordination, fundraising, commercial video or digital media productions, and more.

Theatre grads have also been known to leverage their team building, leadership, project management, and presentation skills in other professions, such as business, law, journalism, teaching, and tourism.