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UBC Department of Theatre & Film

The Department of Theatre and Film at UBC aims to develop each student’s imaginative, technical and intellectual skills as they prepare to embark on a career in theatre and film, whether it be in practice or research.

We offer a variety of programs at the undergraduate and graduate level in various theatre and film areas including acting, cinema & media studies, creative writing, design and production, directing, film production, film studies and theatre studies. In each program, our courses provide students with both the knowledge and practical experience of each discipline. Located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) people, we are a community of faculty members, practitioners, students, research and support staff, all working together to advance the study and practice of theatre and film.

Dr. Patrick Parra Pennefather is a sound designer, composer, teacher, researcher, and disruptor. He has mentored multi-disciplinary teams co-constructing scalable digital prototypes with over 50 companies and organizations in games, mobile dev, mixed reality, education, and the arts. He’s an award-winning composer for live and screen(s), consults dance and theatre makers in extending the reality of their physical stages, and when coerced, performs. Patrick has facilitated workshops for EA, Riot and Microsoft Games. He’s published multisyllabic words in the fields of Sound Design, xR, VR, MR, Bio-Medical Visualization and Agile application development. He’s an Assistant Prof at UBC Theatre and Film, a founding member of the Master of Digital Media (MDM) Program. Patrick teaches sound design, improvisation, creativity management, collaborative prototyping, and project pipelines, mentors grads and undergrads on immersive technologies, co-creates and conducts research on Mixed Reality prototypes and is faculty in residence at the Emerging Media Lab at UBC.