Drama

Studio Theatre


The University of Alberta's very own theatre company.

Studio Theatre in The Timms Centre is Drama’s laboratory and the Studio Season is simultaneously a site for research, teaching, entertainment, and innovation.   Each season brings together a rare combination of artists interacting to create six unique live theatre experiences. 

Studio Theatre features the graduating BFA Acting class ensemble in four shows over the year. These productions represent the culmination of their training. Students from the technical and stage management programs work on all six plays, taking advantage of the exceptional teaching opportunities the season provides. 

Studio Theatre is a developing ground for the Department’s MFA students and serves to introduce them to the larger Edmonton community. 

For Drama’s talented faculty, the season offers rich research opportunities.  The department also engages the most significant theatre artists in the country to teach and direct our students.  This unique mix of professionals, faculty, and students are part of what makes any season of Studio special.

All performances take place at The Timms Centre for the Arts (112 Street & 87 Avenue) one of the most comfortable, intimate theatres in Edmonton.


2017/18 Season Line-up 

A Bright Room Called Day

By Tony Kushner

October 12–21 at 7:30 pm
Preview October 11 at 7:30 pm. No Show October 15. Matinee October 19 at 12:30 pm.

Set in parallel worlds of 1930s Germany and present day, a group of artists slowly realize the political terror about to unfold around them, and must decide to flee or fight for their true beliefs.

“History repeats itself, see, first as tragedy, then as farce. Husz

 

A Doll House

By Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Beau Coleman

November 30–December 9 at 7:30 pm. Preview November 29 at 7:30 pm. No Show December 3. Matinee December 7 at 12:30 pm.

Ibsen’s ground-breaking classic reframed and reimagined in 1950s America. What first appears to be a satisfying marriage soon reveals itself to be one of entrapment, unhappiness and suffocation.

“As she made the beds, shopped for groceries… She was afraid to ask even of herself the silent question—is this all?” —Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique (1963)

 

The Lower Depths

By Maxim Gorky

February 8–17 at 7:30 pm. Preview February 7 at 7:30 pm. No Show February 11. Matinee February 15 at 12:30 pm.

A modern update of Maxim Gorky’s masterpiece of the human condition. A group of people displaced by economic and political upheaval scratch out a life on the margins of society.

“When life is monotonous, even grief is a welcome event. Maxim Gorky

 

The School for Scandal

By Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Directed by the 2018 Mary Mooney Distinguished Visiting Artist.

March 29–April 7 at 7:30 pm. Preview March 28 at 7:30 pm. No show April 1. Matinee April 5 at 12:30 pm.

Lady Sneerwell sets out to spread scandal in this quintessential Comedy of Manners. Set in the 18th century, this is a play full of wit, mistaken identities and intrigue.

“The best scandal is distinguished by a delicacy of hint and a mellowness of sneer.” —Snake

Exit the King

By Eugene Ionesco

May 17–26 at 7:30 pm. Preview May 16 at 7:30 pm. No show May 20. Matinee May 24 at 12:30 pm.

This great classic follows King Berenger, who believes himself immortal. Upon discovering he is dying, he becomes fascinated with every sensation from the lives he has not lived.

“Life is exile.” —Berenger


For show descriptions about upcoming U of A Studio Theatre productions, mainstage concerts and art exhibits in the FAB Gallery, please see www.ualberta.ca/artshows.

For show descriptions about upcoming U of A Studio Theatre productions, mainstage concerts and art exhibits in the FAB Gallery, please see www.ualberta.ca/artshows .

For show descriptions about upcoming U of A Studio Theatre productions, mainstage concerts and art exhibits in the FAB Gallery, please see www.ualberta.ca/artshows .