The theatre program offers students the opportunity to study acting or technical theatre production (stagecraft).
This four-year bachelor of fine arts program challenges you to push your limits and perfect your craft. We prepare you for full-scale production, providing first-hand professional knowledge of the industry.
In the acting stream, students develop fundamental acting skills including voice, movement and speech. You'll learn how to apply these skills to scene study, technique and live performance.
In the technical theatre stream, students master the key skills of theatre production, including lighting, sound, wardrobe, props, carpentry, drafting, scenic painting and stage management.
Why study theatre at Grenfell?
Theatre professionals live for the rush of the stage – the preparation and rehearsal, the thrill of opening night, the enthusiasm of a live audience. Grenfell's theatre program provides combines practical and academic training and encourages imaginative theatre artists to take risks. Hands-on learning is a daily part of the program as students prepare four main stage productions each year.
Your practical education is complimented with lecture courses in dramatic literature, and theatre and art history. The master classes, instructed by guest artists, provide a unique learning experience. Students benefit from class time with working professional guest artists who share their knowledge, skills and experience. You'll gain industry contacts and a realistic introduction to the business of theatre arts. View our theatre program courses.
The Harlow experience
Fourth-year students spend up to eight weeks in Harlow, England – a 30-minute train ride from London and one of the richest theatre centres in the world. While there, students see some of the world's best theatre and study with well-known industry professionals. This unique aspect of Grenfell's theatre program also gives students the opportunity to explore some of Europe's greatest attractions such as Stratford and Stonehenge while rehearsing their final production.
enjoy the lowest tuition rate in English-speaking Canada. The provincial
government gives high priority to education, providing extensive
funding to Memorial University. This commitment allows us to provide an
affordable yet high-quality post-secondary education.
Small class sizes mean a more intimate learning experience where your professors know you by name. You’ll learn from
experts in the field – actors, directors and technical theatre
production (stagecraft) professionals who have worked around the world. Meet our theatre program faculty and staff.
Information for first-year students
Students enrolled in the bachelor of fine arts (theatre) program are expected to attend Grenfell full-time so they progress through the degree in clearly defined blocks of courses. Students who don't take the full number of courses in a given semester would jeopardize their ability to complete the degree. Students can also apply for a variety of scholarships and awards.
You must meet the general admission requirements for Memorial University and declare theatre as your major to be admitted to Grenfell's theatre program. Prospective acting
stream students need to prepare an audition, while prospective technical
theatre production students will need to book an interview and submit a
portfolio, if they have one. Free audition coaching available.
Graduates from the acting stream of the theatre program find career opportunities on stage and in television and film productions. There are also a number of opportunities for graduates of the technical stream, including
- Stage manager
- Lighting designer
- Scenic artist
- Technical director
- Prop maker
- Operations coordinator
- Event planner
- Theatre educator
- Camera operator
- Positions in film and television production
Some graduates choose to continue studying theatre or move on to study other areas, such as education and law.
Check out our theatre alumni wall of fame and the activities of our graduates.
Learn about other programs in Grenfell's Division of Fine Arts.