University of Regina launches new Bachelor of Fine Arts in Devised Performance and Theatre Creation

News Release Release Date: November 25, 2021 10:00 a.m.

The University of Regina’s Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance (MAP) has launched a unique Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Devised Performance and Theatre Creation that is unlike any other theatre program in the country.

“The Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance provides a creative environment for budding artists to build their craft and explore their passions in a diverse array of fields,” said Dean of MAP Rae Staseson. “The new BFA in Devised Performance and Theatre Creation expands our current theatre program offerings to provide a holistic learning experience encompassing creation, design, performance, stage management, writing and other aspects of theatre development and production.”

The four-year program sets itself apart from most traditional post-secondary theatre programs by enabling the student to be involved in the creation and execution of theatre performances from beginning to end and by focusing on providing more opportunities for underrepresented groups in theatre.

“This program is all about empowering students to use their strengths, create their own work, and follow a theatre practice that is new,” said University of Regina Theatre Department Head, Kathryn Bracht. “Students who graduate from this program will have a comprehensive foundation in all aspects of theatre performance and production, enabling them to shape the way theatre is created.”

The new program is a result of a series of external consultations that took place prior to the pandemic, which identified a need for a more modern and inclusive style of teaching in today’s theatre programs. The pandemic accelerated conversations about the decolonization of theatre practices and it became even clearer that a program such as this was needed.

“Traditional theatre training tends to promote an idealized version of what an actor is by saying an actor needs a certain type of voice, physicality, and training in order to be successful,” said Bracht. “In today’s theatre, there is a huge shift in thinking about what this means for a lot of voices that are not typically heard enough in theatre and we designed this program to amplify those voices.”

The BFA in Devised Performance and Theatre Creation is a direct-entry program where the audition process, which is required for entry into most BFAs, is replaced with a first-year project. First-year students will produce and perform in a cabaret, which will allow students to explore their own strengths. Whether it’s singing, acting, dancing, writing, or something else entirely, students will have the freedom to demonstrate their abilities and determine which direction they want to take with their theatre journey.

“What excites me most about devised theatre is that it allows for a large number of diverse voices to come together and create,” said fifth-year MAP student, Tianna Chorney. “I think the more diversity of people we have, the more enriched our stories will be and the more diverse theatre will become.”

Applications for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Devised Performance and Theatre Creation are being accepted now and courses begin in the Fall 2022 semester. For more information, visit the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance's website.

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About the University of Regina

The University of Regina—with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 16,000 students study within the University's 10 faculties, 25 academic departments/schools, 18 research centres and institutes, and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees.

 

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