The Department of Theatre and Dance offers a B.A. in Theatre with concentrations in Performance, Design/Technical Theatre, Musical Theatre, or Teacher Certification (K-12).
The B.A. degree in theatre aligns with the university's liberal arts-based vision of education that encourages breadth of knowledge. Faculty shape class projects and mentor students in production work in a way that promotes collaboration – an essential skill for success in the performing arts and a very valuable skill in any profession. For example, the one-act festivals involve students enrolled in lighting design, stage management, sound design, and advanced directing courses. All theatre majors have opportunities to assume artistic leadership roles during their academic careers in the department. Advanced students take on lead acting roles, design duties, stage management positions, technical direction responsibilities, box office management, direction of one-act dramas. Select students direct their own productions of full-length dramas in the studio theatre.
Faculty members mentor all the majors in career development skills. The department offers an annual alumni career forum, where alums currently working in the entertainment industry or K-12 teaching share their wisdom and experience with current students. The department also offers elective courses in auditioning and portfolio development that help students prepare for professional job opportunities. All theatre majors are required to complete a sophomore review (in their third semester) and a junior review (in their sixth semester. In these reviews the students present audition monologues or portfolios. Faculty members work with the students to improve their presentation skills and discuss with each student their progress in the program and their future goals. In their final semester, all majors complete an exit interview as a final step to prepare them to secure employment. Our season of productions typically includes three faculty-directed shows in our mainstage proscenium space: Johnson Theatre. One of these shows will be a musical, often produced in collaboration with the Department of Music. The season also includes two one-act festivals (directed by advanced directing students) and two or more dramas directed by advanced students. All these student productions occur in Johnson Studio Theatre.
For details about the curriculum, go to the navigation bar at the left and click on "About the Subject." In the drop-down menu, click on "The Major."
The department operates a summer theatre program on campus in partnership with Shakespeare Carolina.