Audition Notice

Audition for UFV Theatre's production of William Shakespeare's Julius CaesarDirected by Bruce Kirkley.

Audition dates are Tuesday, October 28 from 5-8pm and Wednesday October 29 from 4:30-7:30 pm.

** Those auditioning MUST be available for call backs on Tuesday, November 4th from 4:30-7:30 pm.

Performance run is March 4 - 15, 2015 at UFV’s Performance Theatre in Chilliwack (Yale and Airport Road)
Rehearsals begin January 5, 2015 and will be held on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings as well as Sunday afternoons and/or evenings. Participating performers and crew members must be available for all technical and dress rehearsals as well as all public performances. 

To book your audition, please email with your full name, phone number, and preferred day and time.

Auditions are booked in 15 minute time slots. To prepare, we recommend that you read the play and become familiar with the script and characters. When you arrive, you will be asked to fill out an audition form, outlining previous performance experience and training as well as their schedules during the rehearsal period and run of the show. You will be then be given a scene from the play when you arrive and will have some time to review it before your audition. 

UFV students participating as actors in main stage productions will receive practicum credits for their participation. Students who are not cast are strongly encouraged to sign up for backstage roles and also receive practicum credits for their work.

While all members of the community are welcome to audition for productions, please note that our casting policy is to give priority to students enrolled in UFV’s Theatre program.

All those interested in auditioning are encouraged to review UFV Theatre’s UFV Theatre Casting Policy.

UFV students participating as actors in main stage productions will receive practicum credits for their participation. Students may also choose to sign up for backstage or front of house roles and receive practicum credits. Backstage roles may include lighting and sound operators, costume dressers, running crew, and make-up and hair assistants. Questions about backstage roles may be directed to Leigh Kerr at

Upcoming Auditions for UFV Theatre’s 2014/2015 Season:

20th Annual Directors’ Festival, curated by Festival Founder Ian Fenwick. Running at UFV Theatre April 22 - 26, 2015 – Auditions will be held in early February.

For more information, please contact

20th Annual UFV Directors’ Theatre Festival 2015

Invitation to UFV Directors

This year we are not offering the upper level directing classes.  In order to give directors who have successfully completed Theatre 451 (formerly Thea 453) additional opportunities to learn and develop their skills and abilities, we invite former directing students to submit proposals to direct productions in this season’s 20th annual Directors’ Theatre Festival.

Graduates of Theatre 451 should express their interest in directing no later than Friday, November 7, 2014. 

Expressions of interest must include copies of play choices with a brief rationale of how the plays fit the criteria listed belowCandidates must also include a statement of why their play choice is important to produce as part of this season’s festival and a brief description of the playwright and their other produced works.        

Final selection of directors will be made no later than December 1, the last day of the fall semesterA meeting of all successful candidates will be held before Christmas (probably Tuesday, December 2 at 4:30 pm).  In the winter semester DFEST directors’ meetings will be scheduled for every other week on Tuesdays at the end of the working day or in the early evening.  Directors must be available to regularly attend these meetings or their proposals will not be considered.   

This year we are hoping to receive a significant number of Canadian and new scripts. Let us make the 20th DFEST a celebration of our own stories.

Directors must keep in mind the following criteria for play choice: One-act plays that have a cast of two to four characters and run for a minimum of 30 minutes to a maximum of 60 minutes.  Plays should require minimum set, costumes, lighting, special effects and multi media (though wonders have been done in past festivals with minimum resources).  Set up for the play must take no more than 15 minutes with takedown in 10 minutes.

On occasion longer pieces with larger casts can be accepted for consideration.  Acceptance of these proposals depends on the number of other curated proposals, the opportunities these shows will provide for students and the resources available to support them.  Please keep in mind the festival requires a large number of backstage support people.  All directors submitting proposals should be ready to assist in recruiting individuals for these all important backstage jobs.  This year UFV will present 12 of the DFEST slots (this included the Playmaking class project).  We will present 8-10 visiting slots.

In this non-directing class year, directors are encouraged to submit new scripts and student written/developed scripts for consideration.  To be considered these scripts must have undergone a dramaturgical process with a qualified UFV instructor or professional dramaturge.  This process may occur no later than the fall 2015 semester.

UFV Theatre 212 students will be cast in the productions as well as auditioners enrolled in lower and upper level theatre classes.  As the festival aims for balance in casting, directors must keep in mind the suitability of material for UFV Theatre students.   

UFV Theatre Alumni are most welcome to submit proposals; participate onstage and backstage; attend the festival and all associated events.  Pre-cast alumni shows can be considered for inclusion in the festival.

This year’s event will run from April 22 to April 26, 2015 with the wrap up session on April 27.

Auditions are Feb. 3, 2015.

Submit your expression of interest to: Ian Fenwick (DFEST Curator) in person (Office D154), or call (604 795-2838), or e mail (

Please note: according to the new curriculum changes all students participating in department productions including DFEST must be registered and pay for at least one credit of instruction (this includes DFEST directors). 


Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Ashland External Study Tour Scholarship.  The scholarship (approx. value $1,600) is a full eight-day theatre experience at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in July 2015.  The scholarship includes travel, accommodation at Southern Oregon University, breakfasts, eight theatre tickets, backstage tour, lecture tickets, discussions and some hosted dinners.  Scholarship students will be part of a 30 member study tour group.  There are two (2) scholarships available this year.

To apply:

Submit a letter to Tour Founder and Coordinator, Ian Fenwick, outlining why you feel this study tour would be valuable to your theatre education and to your future goals.  Also include a copy of your transcript to date (an unofficial one is fine) and a summary of your experience in department activities and productions (include both onstage and backstage work, presentations and DFEST contributions). 

Applications must be submitted by, Friday, October 31 2014 at 4:30 pm.  Selection will be made by a department committee in November.

Selection Criteria:  

1.  Clear indication that the student intends to pursue future theatre studies or a future career in theatre, (including theatre education and related fields).

2.  Record of an all-rounded contribution to the department and its activities.

3.  Written letter outlining how the tour experience will further educational or career goals.

4.  GPA – must be 3.0 or better to apply

For your information:

You may want to speak to students and staff who have previously attended the festival to gather more information, e.g., Rae MacEachern-Eastwood, Cait Archer, Geneva Perkins, Danielle Milette, Bryan Cutler, Jay Havens, Ali Shewan, Dylan Schroeder, Natasha Ray, Astrid Beugeling, Rick Mawson, Sandy Tait, Melanie Wickes, Heather Robertson and Heather Westergard. Also, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival has an excellent web site and you can refer to the department webpage and the Ashland ’15 postings for details on the plays etc. 

2014/2015 Season of Theatre


October 15 – 26, 2014
Adapted for the stage by Rachel Wagstaff
Based on the best-selling novel by Sebastian Faulk
Directed by Raïna van Waldenburg

Set in the years leading up and during the First World War, this poignant and critically-acclaimed play tells a compelling story of love and courage. It begins in pre-war France when Stephen, a young Englishman, falls into a passionate and dangerous love affair with the beautiful Isabelle. As the war begins, Stephen must lead his men through the Battle of the Somme. He clings to the memory of Isabelle as the world explodes around him. This stunning piece of theatre speaks to contemporary audiences about the power of memory and longing.

Performance dates: October 15 and 16 Previews at 7:30 pm; October 17 Opening Night; October 18, 23, 24, 25 at 7:30 pm; October 19 and 26 Sunday matinees at 2 pm; October 21 Student Matinee at 12 noon
Performances at the UFV Performance Theatre, 45635 Yale Road in Chilliwack


A Christmas Carol
December 10-21, 2014
Adapted for the Royal Shakespeare Company by John Mortimer 
Based on the novel by Charles Dickens
Directed by Paul Gélineau

Dramatized with flair and wit in a version first performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company, this adaptation of the ageless story captures Dickens' ironic point of view while it creates a panoramic view of Victorian London. Enjoy this innovative telling of a timeless holiday tale.

Performance dates: December 10 and 11 Previews at 7:30 pm; December 12 Opening Night; December 13, 18, 19 and 20 at 7:30 pm; December 14 and 21 Sunday matinees at 2 pm; December 17 and 18 Student Matinees at 12 noon
Performances at the UFV Performance Theatre, 45635 Yale Road in Chilliwack


Julius Caesar
March 4 - 15, 2015
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Dr. Bruce Kirkley

Envy, betrayal and power politics collide in this version of Shakespeare’s greatest political thriller.

Performance dates: March 4 and 5 Previews at 7:30 pm; March 6 Opening Night; March 7, 12, 13, and 14 at 7:30 pm; March 8 and 15 Sunday matinees at 2 pm; March 10 and 11 Student Matinee at 12 noon.
Performances at the UFV Performance Theatre, 45635 Yale Road in Chilliwack


20th Annual Directors’ Festival
April 22 - 26, 2015
Curated by Festival Founder Ian Fenwick

"DFest" is a beloved five-day festival of short plays directed and performed by UFV Theatre students as well as students from post-secondary theatre programs across the province. Audiences can choose from a variety of plays, playing multiple times in two performance spaces over five days for only $5 each time! There is comedy, drama, and everything in between.

Performance dates and times vary. Festival schedule announced in early April 2015
Performances at the UFV Performance Theatre, 45635 Yale Road in Chilliwack


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