Theatre

Theatre is about creating worlds. It provides space for us to feel and experience the extraordinary. Born in the West at the same time as democracy, theatre remains one of the most potent and immediate means of affecting social change.

School of Creative Arts students are creating works in our dedicated theatre – alongside theatre makers of national and international significance.

Our program equips students with opportunities to identify the sort of theatre they want to make, the skills to realise their own productions and the chance to collaborate with the community and industry.

Home to both Australia’s longest-running play and oldest operating theatre, Tasmania has a rich theatre making history. It's where you can encounter forward-thinking festivals that provide world-class opportunities for students to extend their study.

If theatre is your world, come and join our theatre family.

Career Options

Studying theatre expands your knowledge of the performing arts, preparing you for an exciting career in fields such as acting, performance, design, production, technical theatre, stage management and direction. To survive in any modern work place, you need to be an expert in communication and collaboration, with the ability to learn new skills and recreate yourself. Highly-valued skills such as these are inherent in theatre, giving graduates an edge in any career.


  • Stage or screen actor
  • Director
  • Stage manager
  • Theatre producer
  • Theatre technician
  • Scenographer
  • Writer
  • Film or television presenter
  • Lighting designer
  • Sound designer
  • Costume designer
  • Voice over artist
  • Radio presenter
  • Teacher
  • Events management
  • Theatre administration and policy
  • Arts and theatre management
  • Community or youth arts officer
  • Public relations
  • Marketing

Study with real world experiences

The MONA effect... intensified

Students from the Theatre program at the School of Creative Arts have stepped into the visceral world of performance art, taking part in a live performance to mark the opening of Marina Abramovic's exhibition Private Archeology at MONA.

As a Theatre student, you can expect opportunities to engage and work with visiting artists and performers of this calibre, commissioned by MONA, DARK MOFO, Junction Arts Festival, Ten Days on the Island and more.

Experience Theatre at UTAS, YouTube video

Artist In Residence (AIR)

The AIR program finds professional local, interstate or international practitioners, or an outstanding alumnus, extend their contemporary theatre practice while positively impacting the students and culture of the School of Creative Arts. While pursuing their independent performances, the invited artists engage explicitly and individually with students. The program creates tangible links between your learning experiences within, and the ‘live’ professional practice beyond.

Local connections

Tasmania has a flourishing performing arts scene and an eclectic range of community-based theatre companies. As a Theatre student, you will be encouraged to leverage our partnerships and seek out opportunities independently to develop your skills. Find yourself on-stage, working alongside technicians backstage, or as a front-of-house volunteer. Our students regularly work with Tasdance, Launceston Players, Encore Theatre Company and Terrapin Puppet Theatre to name a few.

Fawkes Theatre Co.

Born from revolution and evolution, Fawkes Theare Co. is the independent student theatre society at the School of Creative Arts, University of Tasmania. Fawkes fills the gap between university and the professional industry, it provides the platform for students at the Academy of the Arts to produce high quality theatre, take risks and immerse themselves in the performing arts. It is affiliated with the Tasmania University Union (TUU) and all enrolled UTAS students are welcome to join.

Study Options

Contemporary theatre is a broad church and can include touring productions to unusual site-specific works that defy definition. Our students are exploring all kinds of genres from musical theatre to experimental forms.

Studying in our Theatre program allows you to realise the full power of your creativity, taking responsibility for creation of something from end-to-end. It's about planning, time management, creative collaboration and a do-it-yourself mentality.

The direct communion between audience and performer is what makes theatre dangerous, unpredictable and the most satisfying of all creative arts. It's also why our theatre graduates can think on their feet and are experts in communication.

Interested in studying with us? Explore our course and research opportunities below.

Each course and unit is linked to its own page with more detailed information on the Courses & Units website.

Undergraduate

See Bachelor of Contemporary Arts course page for more information on available units.

See Bachelor of Contemporary Arts course page for more information on available units.

See Bachelor of Contemporary Arts course page for more information on available units.

See Bachelor of Contemporary Arts course page for more information on available units.

Honours

Postgraduate

Please contact us for more information.

As a student of the School of Creative Arts both the University and the School provide access to a variety of scholarships and bursaries at a University, College and Discipline level. The main application period begins in August, and closes on the 31st October the year prior to study commencing.

Browse Scholarships

The College of Arts, Law and Education also offers a financial assistance program for students wishing to undertake Short Term Overseas Study Programs.

Short Term Overseas Study Program assistance and mobility grants

Don't meet the traditional entry requirements? The School of Creative Arts offers an alternative entry pathway into our undergraduate programs. The Arts pathway is a great introduction into university study, and can assist you in gaining the qualifications and experience you need for your chosen career. This foundation year of study provides students with the skills and knowledge related to studying the arts, with additional support and guidance to help you succeed.

If you intend to study a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts, completing this year of foundation study in Diploma of University Studies (Arts Specialisation) (21A) will assist you in achieving your goals.

Preparation and Enabling programs at the University

An overseas study program gives you the opportunity to experience different cultures, study languages, undertake work placement or internships, make new friends and explore the world while receiving credit toward your degree. It provides a 'total immersion' experience in a variety of study areas and locations. You can choose a program length that suits you, from a 2-week fieldtrip, a short-term summer program to a full semester (or two).

Overseas Study opportunities at the College of Arts, Law and Education

Take your passion for ideas further than you ever imagined.

The University of Tasmania was the first to offer studio-based art PhDs and Masters degrees by research and has a reputation as one of the premier research training institutions. A strong HDR culture attracts significant scholarship support and high-quality national and international candidates, guided by regular supervisor contact, research methods training, weekly critiques and twice-yearly research symposia.

The School of Creative Arts welcomes qualified applicants to undertake a research degree with us in any of our areas of research strengths and interests.

Masters by Research
Doctorates (PhD)

To find out about application procedures, entry requirements, and scholarships, please visit the Research Degrees web page.

Spaces which fuel imagination

The Annexe: Your theatre home The Annexe is a purpose built working theatre which our students make their own. Housed in an award-winning building, The Annexe comprises a 148-seat main theatre, three dual-purpose performance and rehearsal studios, dressing rooms, and an extensive costume, lighting and props department. Our theatre students devise, rehearse, promote and perform their productions – working alongside visiting professional theatre companies – all under one roof.

The Annexe is located in Launceston's Inveresk precinct; the major cultural heart of the city also home to the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery and Aurora Stadium. Hone your creativity in fully-converted late-19th Century industrial spaces, which were formerly the Launceston & Western Railway station and goods yard. The theatre sits between the University of Tasmania's Visual Arts and School of Architecture & Design buildings, allowing inter-disciplinary collaboration which continues to result in exciting new works that challenge definition.

Research

Our current theatre research is challenging assumptions about the creative scope of acting to develop innovative approaches to training. It's all about empowering actors to realise their full creative potential.

While our research aligns largely to the University of Tasmania's theme of Creativity, Culture and Society – our approach frequently leads us beyond the theatre to connect with other disciplines at their fringe.

Recently, we have shared the research stage with a Painter to investigate the performativity and potential theatricality of painting – and collaborated with Interior Designers to provoke the sensory experience of dining.

We welcome proposals from qualified applicants to undertake research degrees in PhDs and Masters.

Read more about research at TCotA


Featured Researcher | Dr Helen Trenos

Helen Trenos is an Adjunct Professor in Theatre, Performance with an extensive career as a professional actor working with leading Australian theatre companies and in television. Her research explores key competencies for maximising actors creative performance.


View Dr Helen Trenos's full researcher profile Browse our academic staff profiles