Neil Freeman

Raised so far


Neil Freeman was a faculty member and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Theatre & Film at UBC from 1991 to 2006. We were deeply saddened by his passing on October 23, 2015.

Neil taught, coached and directed students ranging from youth groups to high-school teachers, and from university-level students to professional theatre companies and individual actors. He was renowned for his unique approach to the unlocking of Shakespearean text for young actors. Students always left his classes with a new respect for Shakespeare and a plethora of new insights in how to unlock the mysteries of The Bard. His research into the First Folio and his writing on the use of these texts for the actor has changed the way Shakespeare is approached by thousands of actors around the world.

Neil won many awards throughout his outstanding career, including the John Gielgud Scholarship; USA National Endowment of the Arts Major Artists’ Fellowship; the Joseph G. Green Fellowship from York University, and a minor Scholarship from SSHRC. He worked with the Will Geer Theatre, British American Drama Academy, the National Theatre School, the Centre for Actors Study, the National Voice Intensive and the Stratford Festival. He had a huge impact on everyone he met, and is missed by all who knew him.

The impact of your support

In Neil’s memory, the Neil Freeman Memorial Scholarship is being established at the University of British Columbia’s Department of Theatre & Film.

Your gift to the scholarship will pay tribute to Neil’s life and career, by encouraging and supporting an undergraduate or graduate student in theatre who shows exceptional aptitude for Shakespeare or the advancement of Shakespearean research.

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