Performing and Fine Arts Faculty

 Key contacts

Hazel Fairbairn

PEFA Liaison


Phone: 604 527 5967


Katrina Basnett

Administrative Associate 


Phone: 604 527 5465



Faculty members

Christine Dewar

Christine Dewar


Phone: 604-527-5690


Office: #3200B

Courses Taught: THEA 1130, THEA 1230, PEFA 1102, PEFA 1101

Areas of Expertise: Theatre History; Performing and Fine Arts

Education: BA, Honours English; and MA, English, University of British Columbia

Published Works:

  • "Hitting the Road." Event. Volume 29. Number 1. 2000.
  • "Home and Away." Event. Volume 27. Number 3. 1999.
  • "Vigilance and Balance." Event. Volume 26. Number 3. 1997.
  • "Secret Rituals." Event. Volume 25. Number 2. 1996.
  • "Ancestral Voices, Inner Voices." Event. Volume 24. Number 3. 1995.
  • "Green Thoughts and Worms." Event. Volume 24. Number 2. 1995.
  • "Snakes and Ladders: Charting the Journey of the Soul." Event. Volume 24. Number 1. 1995.
  • "Filling Empty Spaces." Event. Volume 23. Number 1. 1994.


  • Event Magazine
  • The Amelia Douglas Gallery
  • Certificate in the Performing and Fine Arts

Christine Dewar completed both her BA and MA Degrees at the University of British Columbia. Her passion for Theatre History was ignited while studying with historian Peter Loeffler. Christine performed in plays and films at UBC and wrote arts reviews for The Ubyssey. She directed Here We Are by Dorothy Parker, and Cubistique by Tom Cone. Christine has had a long association with the award-winning Douglas College literary journal, Event, where she currently works as Fiction Editor and writes fiction reviews. She has also been active with the Amelia Douglas Gallery, curating a range of art exhibits in including: Valerie Romain, Deep Water; Michael Downs, Mythologies; Sharalee Regehr, Women of Substance and, most recently, Joe Rosenblatt, Magic Gardens. Her recent public lectures include "Sarah Siddons and Edmund Kean: Two Actors in the Age of Jane Austen." Christine has been teaching at Douglas College since 1987. She believes her mission is to encourage all students to see live theatre, dance, music and art, and to explore history as a rich resource for their own creative work. All of her courses are open to University Transfer students seeking imaginative arts electives.


Cheryl Swan

Cheryl Swan


Phone: 604-527-5279


Office: 3249

Courses Taught: Theatre 1110, 1111, 1171, 1180, 1211, 1271, 1280, 2311, 2380, 2480 and PEFA 1120

Area of Expertise: Speech/Voice and Movement

Education: National Voice Intensive, Simon Fraser University, Voice for Actors/ Instructors. Bachelor of Education, Drama Major (degree with distinction) University of Alberta, 1983; Bachelor of Fine Arts, Acting Major (degree with distinction), University of Alberta (Schocter Award in Drama - 1982)

Professional Associations: Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance, Voice and Speech Trainers Association.

A native Edmontonian, Cheryl received her degrees from the University of Alberta's BFA (Acting) and Education faculties. An actor, teacher and theatre administrator, Cheryl has many theatre, film, and television credits to her name. She has taught voice, movement, and acting at a number of institutions including Victoria School for the Performing Arts, the Citadel Theatre, Theatre Network, Grant MacEwan Community College, and the University of Alberta, all in Edmonton; and UBC and Douglas College here in Vancouver. Cheryl just finished her fifteenth year of teaching at Douglas and her fourteenth as Program Co-ordinator. She teaches voice, movement, and acting and directs one or two productions each year. Her most recent directing credits at Douglas include Most Massive Woman WIns and Louis and Dave; Unity (1918); Kindertransport; A Sense of Place; A Clockwork Orange; Come Back to the Five & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean; Ten Lost Years; The Diviners; Quiet in the Land and Agnes of God.


Mailing address

Performing and Fine Arts Certificate

Douglas College

Room 3200C

PO Box 2503

New Westminster, BC V3L 5B2

Street Address

Room 3200C

700 Royal Avenue

New Westminster, BC V3M 5Z5

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