Theatre Program

The Theatre Program in the Department of English, Film, and Theatre is focused yet multi-faceted, offering both creative and intellectual opportunities. An intensive, hands-on experience in every aspect of play creation is a hallmark of University of Manitoba Theatre. The interrelationship between the academic program and the Black Hole Theatre Company provides students with excellent balance in the creation and interpretation of theatre. We provide instruction in theoretical approaches and critical and practical methods. Film and Theatre courses offer options for studying performance, production, and interpretation.

Degree and Course Options

Professional opportunities

Although it is not a professional acting program in the style of the National Theatre School, the program provides excellent preparation for professional training. It also offers a particular focus on new play development and directing. Many University of Manitoba Theatre graduates have gone on to pursue professional careers in theatre, opera, and film, with or without further study. Many students pursue graduate studies or have taken the skills developed in English, Film, and Theatre studies, research, critical judgment, creative judgment and practice, effective writing, public speaking, leadership, analytic reading, listening and viewing and applied them in making an impact in careers as diverse as education, advertising, the media, law, business, politics, psychology, fine art and design.

What is unique about this program?

A unique affiliation with Prairie Theatre Exchange as an accredited teaching institute allows students to take practical courses taught by theatre professionals at PTE for credit. Students in all streams in the Department of English, Film, and Theatre have access to the Media Lab, which provides students with a high-end platform to compose multimedia projects.

Theatre Studies Program Courses (Aurora Student)


THTR 3470 Text and Performance – Commedia      (Fall 3cr)                
Commedia developed in Renaissance Italy, and spread throughout Europe as the most popular comic form.  Bawdy, irreverent, and endlessly inventive, this is the theatre of Pantalone, Arlecchino, and Columbina.  It combines extravagant plots, stock comic characters, stylized clowning, and improvisation. Students will learn something about the form, make a commedia mask in the prop shop, learn how to use it in the studio, develop a commedia character, and play that character in a commedia scenario.

For more information:

Phone: 1 (204) 474-9581


Theatre Courses 2015-2016 [pdf]
Practical Courses
Rehearsal Spaces
Production Resources
Media Lab
English, Film, and Theatre Undergraduate Funding

The Black Hole Theatre Company

Students in practical courses become members of a working theatre company, the Black Hole Theatre Company, which produces eight shows a year, including one show which is produced at the Gas Station Arts Center as part of MTC's mid-winter festival focusing on a major playwright of the twentieth century.


Taché Arts Project

The University of Manitoba’s Taché Arts Project will see the former Taché residence transformed to become the heart of a new performing and visual arts complex bringing together the University’s theatre, music and visual arts programs. Read more

link to Tache arts project