A Rich Tradition of Achievement
Since its inception in the 1940s, the Department of Drama has been committed to the training and education of the future artists and visionary leaders of Canadian theatre.
You only need to look at our many alumni filling key artistic leadership roles across the country to see why the University of Alberta’s Department of Drama is widely regarded as one of North America's top training grounds for theatre.
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- MFA Theatre Practice student Michelle Rios has been invited to be a member of the International Golden Key Honour Society because of her recent accomplishments.
- MFA Theatre Voice Pedagogy student, Dawn Sadoway, won a 2012 Graduate Teaching Award from the Faculty of Arts.
- Jan Selman, U of A Drama professor and former Chair of Drama (1999-2010), was elected to the academies of the Royal Society of Canada—the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the Arts, Humanities and Sciences–in September 2011. She was also inducted into the City of Edmonton's Arts & Culture Hall of Fame in June 2011.
- Professor Emeritus, former Chair of Drama and theatre legend Thomas Peacocke was honoured at the 2011 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts with a lifetime achievement award. Professor David Barnet and Drama alum Arlen Konopaki were also honoured with awards.
- U of A Drama alumnus Shaun Johnston (BFA '90) was awarded the 2011 David Billington Award, presented each year to an individual who has made an invaluable contribution to Alberta’s TV and film production community. Read the story in the Calgary Herald here.
- U of A Drama alumnus Michael Peng (MFA Directing '08) was honoured with a Best Actor nomination for his performance in Bashir Lazhar at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe in Scotland. Bashir Lazhar was directed by Drama professor Piet Defraeye. Read more in the UK paper The Stage.
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