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Drama News

  • Lorne Cardinal, the first Indigenous student admitted into the U of A’s acting program, wins August Schellenberg Award

    October 30, 2020

    Lorne Cardinal was the first-ever Indigenous student to be admitted into the UAlberta's BFA acting program in 1990. “It's paid itself off numerous times - the technique and craft they teach at the U of A are second to none. I never looked back.” In recognition of this stellar career since graduating, Cardinal received the prestigious August Schellenberg Award of Excellence earlier this month from the Toronto-based ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival - the world’s largest Indigenous film and media arts festival! Congratulations, Lorne!

  • 3D image projection technology is making its way to the Department of Drama

    October 27, 2020

    Imagine performers being able to wear an infinite array of costumes by having different outfits projected onto them, that looked and moved in realistic ways. Or the ability to create worlds and environments that could react to performers on stage, without the need for physical set pieces. The seemingly boundless applications of projected media in live performances is what Jeff Osterlin and Guido Tondino are excited to explore with grant funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation to acquire this advanced projection technology for the Department of Drama.

  • BFA Acting alum Lorne Cardinal honoured to receive award named after 'mentor' August Schellenberg

    October 16, 2020

    This year's recipient of The August Schellenberg Award of Excellence is Cree actor Lorne Cardinal. The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival presents the annual award to an actor whose work celebrates the spirit and commitment that Schellenberg showed over the course of his career.

  • Teaching in the fine arts at the U of A during the COVID pandemic

    October 07, 2020

    The University of Alberta's Fine Arts departments are getting creative with how performance-based classes are being delivered in-person during the pandemic. Go backstage at for a look at how voice, acting and conducting classes are navigating the challenging barrier of human connection while physical distancing.

  • Congratulations Meg Braem on winning the 2020 Alberta Playwriting Competition for 'Chrysothemis'!

    August 26, 2020

    Considered “a striking reimagining of the story of the oft-forgotten daughter of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon,” the play was the culmination of Meg's recent position as the Lee Playwright in Residence.

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