Drama at UNB
Whatever your interest in drama may be, UNB offers a range of courses that allow you to learn, perform, and live your passion. Whether you’re an experienced performer looking to broaden your skills and knowledge base on the way to a career as an actor, technician, or drama teacher, or a beginner looking to have some fun and make your stage debut while earning course credits, we have a place for you on our stage!
At UNB, you can take drama courses at every level from first to fourth year and enroll in two different degree programs in drama: the Minor in Drama or the Major in English with a Concentration in Drama.
UNB’s drama courses offer a uniquely comprehensive approach to training that makes our graduates especially well rounded in all theatre disciplines, ideal for those interested in teaching drama or planning to continue their involvement at an amateur or professional level. All students proceeding to our second- and third-year classes learn the fundamentals of acting while also receiving training in directing, set design and construction, and lighting and sound design and techniques. Students most interested in the technical theatre disciplines can receive specialized training as stage managers and technicians.
At UNB, we believe that participation in high-calibre productions is the ultimate teaching tool. Our performance company, Theatre UNB, stages multiple productions annually, allowing our students more guaranteed performance opportunities than any school in the region. All students in the second- and third-year classes perform in mainstage productions for Theatre UNB, while fourth-year students in the Drama Minor get the exciting and unique opportunity to direct and produce a Theatre UNB mainstage production.
Theatre UNB is active year-round, with opportunities for students to get involved in summer theatre productions staged in partnership with both Bard in the Barracks, a Fredericton theatre company that stages outdoor productions of the works of William Shakespeare, and NotaBle Acts Theatre Company, which produces a festival of new plays by New Brunswick writers every July.
The UNB Drama program is housed within the Department of English. For more information, contact:
Dr. Len Falkenstein
Director of Drama; Professor, Department of English