The Ring

Setting the stage for a Picnic

Thu, 2014-02-13 12:45

McGuire and the cast and crew of Picnic.
McGuire and the cast and crew of Picnic.

On Feb. 1 the Department of Theatre opened its doors to a record crowd of high school students at the annual “I Want To Be in Theatre!” open house. Over 80 attendees were treated to a rehearsal scene of the Phoenix Theatre’s upcoming production of Picnic (Feb. 13-22), introduced by director Peter McGuire and his cast and crew. McGuire speaks at a free pre-show lecture on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. about the play and the joy of working with students.

Theatre professor wins national playwriting competition

Wed, 2014-01-29 12:17

In January, theatre historian Dr. Jennifer Wise’s play The Girl Rabbi of the Golden West was announced the winner of the 2013 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition by the Miles Nadal Centre in Toronto. Her play depicts the amazing true story of how, in 1895, in Victoria, Miss Ray Frank became the first woman to serve as rabbi for an orthodox synagogue throughout the High Holidays. 

Community collaboration rediscovers a female rabbi

Tue, 2013-05-07 16:01

Cast of Ray Frank: The Girl Rabbi of the Golden West
Cast of Ray Frank: The Girl Rabbi of the Golden West
Site-specific play celebrates two anniversaries, brings historical research and momentous event to life

Being funny and surviving the Fringe circuit

Thu, 2012-10-04 08:55

L-R: Peter Carlone and Chris Wilson in “The Mystery of the Hungry Heart Motel” P
L-R: Peter Carlone and Chris Wilson in “The Mystery of the Hungry Heart Motel” Photo: Christopher Kattner and Peter Carlone

How do you know when something’s funny? UVic theatre alumni Chris Wilson and Peter Carlone get a pretty good idea when they’re writing comedy sketches together. The first sign? If they’re falling on the floor laughing at it themselves!

Students learn and work with legendary man of the theatre

Thu, 2012-03-08 11:42

Marowitz working with Kenney (left) and Lo (right) Photo: Adrienne Holierhoek
Marowitz working with Kenney (left) and Lo (right) Photo: Adrienne Holierhoek

Imagine getting the chance to work with a legendary Shakespearean master? This was the opportunity offered to more than a dozen talented actors, designers and aspiring directors at the Department of Theatre when the illustrious playwright, director and critic Charles Marowitz came to UVic this spring to direct his reinterpreted version of Hamlet that will be performed at the Phoenix Theatre, running March 15–24.

Theatre grads create their own careers on the Fringe circuit

Tue, 2011-09-06 12:18

Wade, in his Fringe hit William vs the World.
Wade, in his Fringe hit William vs the World. Photo: Andrew Wade

Not having a job after graduation can be scary for any student. But for many UVic Theatre alumni, playing on the Fringe circuit allows them to create their own job… and their own success.

Twins take different paths to theatre careers

Mon, 2011-06-13 10:51

Kesinee Haney
Kesinee Haney in the title role in the Phoenix Theatre production of Yerma in 2010. Photo: David Lowes

As twin sisters, Kesinee and Joelle Haney have shared many things their life—including a passion for musical theatre. This month, the two will also share the experience of graduating together with BFA degrees in theatre. However, each sister took a different path to come to UVic and their own separate paths through the theatre program.

"Inside" Daniel MacIvor

Wed, 2011-03-09 11:37

Photo of MacIvor and cast
MacIvor and cast. Photo: Travis Bower.

Calling actor, director and playwright Daniel MacIvor a busy guy is a bit of an understatement. Within the span of the past few months, he opened his latest movie, Trigger, now playing in film festivals across Canada, and took over as a last-minute replacement director for David Mamet’s The Cryptogram at the Belfry Theatre.

Theatre department looks to the stars for International Year of Astronomy

Tue, 2009-12-01 13:00

Galileo proposed that, “All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.”

Theatre: Theatre grads get “bridge” to professional careers

Mon, 2009-06-01 14:00

A picture of Ingrid Hansen et al.
(L-R): Ingrid Hansen, Sarah Pelzer, Natasha Sharpe, Madeleine Wilson, Rielle Braid and Brian Culp. PHOTO: Diana Nethercott

After graduation, most theatre students expect to have to work hard and “pay their dues” to make it big. But this summer, six graduates from UVic’s Department of Theatre will get an amazing opportunity to break into the national theatre scene with Victoria’s newest professional theatre company, the Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre.