Department of Theatre
Transcript of 1861 GC student Mary Elizabeth Lindsay's diary, adapted by Haylee Pittenger '15 into the play "Mary Elizabeth: A College Diary," produced April 2-6, 2014.
The aim of the Theatre Department program is to provide a strong foundation in theatre while allowing the student to emphasize in a particular area of theatre (see concentrations below). The coursework is integrated with the production work to provide a better understanding of the many facets of the theatre. Required participation on stage or back stage on all theatre productions allows the techniques and theories that are examined in the classroom and the laboratory to be tested in a performance setting. Depending upon their emphasis of choice, upon completion of the degree, students will be prepared to enter graduate school or a theatre conservatory, intern full-time with a theatre organization, teach theatre or seek careers in the profession.
Areas of Study
Major: Theatre (B.A., B.S.)
Major: Theatre with Teacher Licensure (B.A., B.S.)
Major degrees have concentrations in the following areas: Acting; Arts Administration; Costumes; Design/Tech; Musical Theatre; Stage Directing/Management; Theatre Education.
Auditions and Interview Requirements:
- Bring two letters of recommendation that discuss work ethic, skill level, career goals, and discipline; one of these letters should be from a theatre teacher or director.
- The candidate will interview with members of the department to determine the candidate’s interests, intent, career goals, and understanding of the major and its requirements, rehearsals, and production work.
Additional requirements by concentration:
- Acting concentration:
- Bring a photo and resume.
- Prepare two contrasting one-minute monologues one classical and one contemporary (post 1950).
- If you sing, prepare 16 measures of a song; please bring sheet music in the correct key.
- Be prepared to move – we will teach you a short routine.
- Costume concentration: Bring a resume and portfolio of designs, sketches, patterns, costumes, photographs of completed work, etc. If no materials are available, then the interview will suffice.
- Musical Theatre concentration:
- Bring a photo and resume.
- Prepare two contrasting one-minutes monologues.
- Prepare two contrasting songs from Classical American Musical Theatre Literature (Jerome Kern, Rogers and Hart/Hammerstein, Jerry Herman, Jule Styne) - please bring sheet music in the correct key.
- Dance/movement audition - we will teach you a routine. Please bring suitable clothes to change into.
- Stage Design/Technical Theatre concentration: Bring a resume and portfolio of designs, sketches, drafting, properties, sound or lighting work, construction work, photographs, etc. If no materials are available, then the interview will suffice.
- Stage Directing/Management concentration: Bring a resume and portfolio of theatre materials related to student‘s work as a director, stage manager, or other management. Photographs and prompt books or other director script notations, production paperwork and resume, etc.
- Teaching Licensure: Bring a resume and portfolio of theatre materials related to student‘s work as a director, stage manager, actor, designer, or craftsperson, etc., including photographs, prompt scripts, director‘s scripts, designs, etc.
2013-14 Undergraduate Academic Catalog (degree requirements, p. 170-173; class offerings, p. 246-256)
Memberships & Accreditations
- American College Theatre Festival
- Association for Theatre in Higher Education
- North Carolina Theatre Conference
- Southeastern Theatre Conference
- United States Institute of Theatre Technology
How would a student benefit from the program?
A student would benefit from our Theatre program because the skills acquired in the course and production work are applicable to careers in both the arts and the business world. Students learn and use management, communication, and problem-solving techniques in every facet of their academic careers.
What makes the GC program different from/Stronger than others?
Theatre students at GC have the unique opportunity to learn from both knowledgeable professors and skilled, working professionals in a city that has a wealth of arts organizations that welcome student learning. Professional, community, academic, and church-related theatres provide internship opportunities that allow students to tie in their academic training with hands-on practical experiences.
Success stories of recent grads
You can look at our Facebook page, “Greensboro College Theatre Alumni,” to read about the success that our graduates have had in Theatre, in the arts, and in business as well as the productive lives that they lead as parents and as leaders in their communities.
Teaching Style & Accolades
Our goal is to bring students to the river and let them drink their fill of knowledge. We want students to seek more, to question, to challenge, to ask why they want to be artists and how their work will inform others and change the community and the world they live in. David Schram, department chair and founding dean of GC's School of the Arts, has served as president of the North Carolina Theatre Conference and as the state representative to the Southeastern Theatre Conference.
Theatre students have historically had summer internships around the country – from California to Maine to Florida and in between. During the school year, students have interned locally at Triad Stage, the region’s only professional Equity theatre. Other hands-on experiences include working for American Idol and America’s Got Talent when those productions are auditioning in Greensboro.
Our department is special because…
- Our class sizes are small. This allows for more individual attention for each student.
- Performers will be cast in shows in their first year, when possible within the first semester. Everyone auditions for everything and has an equal chance regarding casting, including leading roles.
- Student designers have the opportunity to design both student- and faculty-directed projects.
- Student directors have their own main season projects as well as working on faculty-directed productions.
- Theatre Educators get opportunities in all areas of theatre so as to build the skills they will need when teaching.
- There are a variety of opportunities for our students to develop creativity, leadership, and team-building skills.
- Our faculty consists of experienced theatre professionals. They continue to work professionally in theatre, film and television, so they are continuing to develop contacts that are useful for our students when they graduate.
- Our graduates continue to work in theatre, film and television and are always willing to help fellow Greensboro College alumni.