Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Faculty Of Arts Internship: Theatre Arts Stage Manager

Theatre at TRU
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Faculty Of Arts Internship: Theatre Arts Stage Manager

Investment: $5,000 per year


$5,000 per year would provide talented and driven theatre students with opportunity at career development


Attracting and retaining top students into our programs, this award of excellence will help keep talent in our community and have local impact after graduation. Scholarship winners would be rewarded for their hard work and commitment.

Christine is a TRU student, excelling in the area of Stage Management with an opportunity for internship at Western Canada Theatre. Christine will be working towards her internship credits and going to school full time completing her degree in Theatre Arts at TRU. An award would ‘open the doors’ for deserving students like Christine who have a dream of a career in stage management. An award would mean that students can focus on their full time studies and work towards achieving their goals.

The role of the Stage Manager is vital in theatre production. It takes an intuitive, organized and motivated person to do it well. Good stage managers are in great demand in this country and they have very successful careers. Our theatre program at TRU has had a great success rate over the last few years with senior stage management students starting their apprenticeship with the local professional theatre company - Western Canada Theatre, and then going on to earn their accreditation and launching their careers in the industry.

The challenge of working on a theatre production requires a huge time commitment. Students taking on these opportunities juggle their schooling as well as continuing to work part time. Theatre Awards would mean that students can focus on their dream and take this first important step into the industry of professional theatre.

Example – Contributing towards a $10,000 award would provide two students with $5,000 ensuring they could focus on their goals of an education in stage management without the financial burden.

Some of our past Theatre students include:

  • Lorne Cardinal (credits Dr. David Edwards, who started the theatre program here, with inspiring him to pursue theatre) – Lorne is well known for his role as “Sergeant Davis Quinton” in CTV’s Corner Gas and has had roles in a few films as well as appearing on “Royal Canadian Air Farce”.
  • Kevin Loring - went on to become a playwright and won the Governor Generals literary award (2009)
  • Kevin Kerr - also went on to become a playwright and win the GG award (2002)
  • Samantha MacDonald - currently the Artistic Producer of Theatre North West in Prince George
  • Derek Rein - currently the Artistic Producer of Project X Theatre Productions in Kamloops
  • Lucy Pratt-Johnson (a Stage Management connection with Western Canada Theatre) - working professionally, most recently with Bard on the Beach in Vancouver

By establishing more opportunities for TRU students to develop their abilities, we are helping our emerging artistic leaders bring fresh energy and ideas to the creative industries helping to shape our communities.

The TRU Actors Workshop is the live stage element of TRU’s Visual & Performing Arts Department. Our stage productions feature students enrolled in various acting and technical theatre courses, during a full season of production in the Actors Workshop Theatre. Providing training since 1985, TRU’s Theatre Major is the only one outside the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island region offering a full range of university-level theatre arts courses.