The History of the Phoenix Theatre

A history of the department in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the University of Victoria's Department of Theatre and the Phoenix Theatre.

1962-09-01 00:00:00

A VISION OF THEATRE

Roger Bishop, the Chair of the Department of English, had a vision of developing a theatre program under English. Bishop approached Carl Hare, a young English professor with an interest in theatre, and shared his idea of creating a fully-realized theatre program. The initial plan was that Hare would teach many of the theatre classes as well as direct and perform in some of the early productions.

1963-01-01 00:00:00

Carl Hare

Instructor and Professor

1963-01-01 00:00:00

Roger Bishop

Head of the English Department

1963-01-02 00:00:00

THE Q HUT

Volunteers, faculty, and students are mobilized to start work on what would become a tiny eighty-seat theatre in UVic's new Gordon Head campus. The entire processes is spearheaded by Carl Hare. Over the next few years, theatre classes, workshops, and productions would be take place in the huts and the old campus' Lansdowne Theatre.

1963-01-02 00:00:00

THEATRE AT UVIC

Victoria College becomes the University of Victoria and offers a single theatre course.

1963-01-29 00:00:00

Lansdowne Auditorium

A Midsummer Night's Dream

1963-04-02 00:00:00

Gordon Head Theatre Workshops

The Dockbrief ; The Lesson

1963-11-20 00:00:00

Gordon Head Theatre Workshops

The Birds ; The Alchemist

1964-06-01 00:00:00

THE CAMPUS PLAYERS

The Department of English begins producing plays through a “town and gown” initiative called the Campus Players, which brings students, faculty and local actors together to stage productions.

1964-07-01 00:00:00

Robert Hedley

Assistant Professor

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