Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2015 academic year unless otherwise specified.

This subject is taught by the School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies.


From Shakespeare to Shortland Street, from a simple chalk square to the most elaborate multimedia setting, Theatre offers the seductive possibility of getting into someone else's skin, of seeing life through a new pair of eyes.

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) major in Theatre at Victoria gives you an opportunity to understand this impulse and what it means for an individual or a society. And it offers the opportunity to act on this impulse yourself using the resources of the Theatre programme's own fully equipped theatre, Studio 77.

Wellington has New Zealand's most vibrant theatre community, alive with both mainstream and fringe performance, and, with the New Zealand International Arts Festival, hosts innovative overseas acts. It is also home to the country's most exciting and quickly expanding film industry.

Theatre at Victoria is a foundation for creativity and career paths in both stage and screen.

Undergraduate information

Theatre major requirements

  1. THEA 101 and THEA 113
  2. 20 points from THEA 203, 204; and 40 further points from THEA 200–299, ENGL 208
  3. 40 points from THEA 300–399

The major requirements for Theatre have changed for 2015. For students enrolled in the major prior to 2015, please see the regulations in the previous Calendar or contact your Student Adviser at

The Head of School may approve the substitution of CREW 353 Writing for Theatre towards the THEA major.

Postgraduate information

Postgraduate qualifications in Theatre

For information specific to Theatre, please see our Postgraduate Study page. For information about the postgraduate qualifications, please click on the Faculty and School links below.

How to find out more

You can order more information on this subject using our Request for Study Material form.

Victoria's Student Recruitment, Admission and Orientation Office offers advice on courses and help with planning your degree.

Contact the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences' Student and Academic Services Office for information on admission, qualifications and courses, course advice and selection criteria, exemptions and prerequisites.

Theatre courses are taught within the School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies. The School office is located on the Ground Level, 83 Fairlie Terrace, Kelburn campus.

For more information about the Theatre programme contact the School, email:

Related subjects and careers

Related subjects Careers

Art History
Classical Studies
Cultural Anthropology
English Literature
Media Studies

Arts administrator
Script editor
Stage manager
Theatre and media producer

To view the latest Career View: Theatre brochure from Vic Careers, please see the PDF in the table below

Document File Size File Type
PDF Icon Career View: Theatre 530 KB PDF

List of courses

Please note: the list of courses displays undergraduate– and postgraduate–level courses for this subject.

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