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Cast members of SlugFest rehearse a scene for the upcoming musical comedy presented by VIU's Theatre Department and the Other Guys Theatre Company.

VIU Partners with Other Guys Theatre Company to Produce Hysterical Melodrama

October 17, 2019

Ross Desprez is a VIU Theatre Department Professor and creator of SlugFest – a musical comedy set in a dystopian Vancouver Island community.What happens when slug slime is hailed as a medical miracle?The residents of a small poverty-stricken and slug-infested village begin celebrating their good fortune! But Samantha, a young crusader for the environment, is determined to stop the lucrative yet... Read more


VIU Music Department Instructor Hans Verhoeven sits on a rock near a pond holding a drum.

Cozy Classrooms, Biomusical Beats, and Crime and Punishment Explored in Colloquium Series

September 23, 2019

Lectures allow VIU faculty to explore questions and share their passions with students, colleagues and the public.This fall, three Vancouver Island University (VIU) drummers will attempt to merge into a single entity of sound during a performance of Nebojša Živković’s Trio Per Uno.The piece, which requires the musicians to play on multiple percussion setups, combines quick tempos,... Read more


Murder, Living in Hell and Facing Fate: VIU's Malaspina Theatre Introduces 2018-19 Season

October 9, 2018

The Malaspina Theatre at VIU’s 2018-19 performance lineup includes Concord Floral, No Exit and Oedipus Rex performed by students. ­­ From a creepy, murder-thriller, to a play set in hell, to a re-envisioned Greek classic, Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Malaspina Theatre explores a range of themes this year. The Theatre’s 2018-19 season includes two mainstage plays – Concord Floral (... Read more


Drummer Brain, Prison Theatre and Heritage Graffiti Featured in Colloquium Talks

September 24, 2018

Free public lecture series hosted by the VIU Faculty of Arts and Humanities covers range of themes From how drummers, prisoners and 16th Century Scottish women think; to the role graffiti plays in the art world; to an investigation of how media creates a sense of belonging, a free public lecture series at Vancouver Island University (VIU) investigates a wide range of topics. Every year,... Read more


5 Questions with Leon Potter

June 6, 2018

Meet Leon Potter, Chair of VIU’s Theatre department, who prior to coming to VIU had been working as an actor, director and designer in the theatre industry since 1989. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre, specializing in lighting and set design, from the University of Victoria and a Master of Arts in Directing from London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.   The founding... Read more


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