University of Winnipeg Department of Theatre and Film

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Asper Centre for Theatre and Film
Asper Centre Theatre

The Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg offers a full program of Undergraduate and pre-professional training for theatre and film artists and practitioners. The program includes the opportunity to obtain a B.A. (General) or a B.A. (Honours) in one or more of six different areas of study: acting and directing; design; drama in education; filmmaking; playwriting; and stage management and production. Coursework encompasses a full range of practical and theoretical study in all areas.

History

The program started as the Department of Theatre and Drama in 1982 as a natural outgrowth of the English department to address a growing interest in performance, directing and playwriting in addition to dramatic studies. From these early beginnings production and design courses were added along with more intensive performance studies to complete a fully rounded performance oriented pre-professional program offered within a liberal arts institution. Under the direction of Per Brask as the first department chair, the emphasis of this program has stressed academic achievement grounded in a professional approach. In keeping with this philosophy, all of the academic staff bring practical work and experience to the classroom and continue to be closely integrated with the professional community.

Over the next few years degree studies were added in contemporary dance through a unique association with Winnipeg's School of Contemporary Dancers and most recently studies in practical filmmaking. Today the program is one of the largest in Canada and offers degree studies leading to either a BA or Honours BA in Performance, Dance, Theatre Production, Filmmaking, and Design with optional studies in Directing, Singing, Drama in Education and Musical Theatre.

In 1999, the University acquired the former Salvation Army Citadel building adjacent to the main campus as the new home of the Department of Theatre and Film, now called The Asper Centre for Theatre and Film. The Asper Centre for Theatre and Film gives you access to state-of-the-art performance, production and teaching facilities. The Centre houses a renovated 120 to 150 seat theatre with specially-designed spaces for rehearsals, teaching, costume, make-up, and prop development.