Department of Theatre

We aim to provide students with a strong theatre foundation while encouraging them to grow and succeed in their chosen concentration.

Students undertake curriculum that integrates in-class learning with production work for a well-rounded understanding of the different theatre facets. We encourage students to seek more by challenging and questioning why they want to be artists, and how their work will change the world we live in. After completing their chosen program, students will be prepared to enter graduate school, intern with theatre and arts programs, teach theatre or apply their learned skills to pursue other professions.

Theatre (B.A., B.S.) Major

With a bachelor of arts in theatre, students inherently learn essential management, communication and problem-solving skills that will help every aspect of their personal and professional lives – on top of becoming experts in their chosen concentration. As theatre majors, students may audition for one of the following concentrations: acting, costumes, musical theatre, stage design and technology, stage direction and management, and theatre education. Though each concentration follows their own unique audition process, theatre majors must first bring two letters of recommendation that discuss work ethic, skill level, career goals and discipline as well as participate in interviews with members of the theatre department.

  • Audition Requirements:
  • Acting: 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.
  • Costumes: Bring a resume and bring a portfolio of designs, sketches, patterns, costumes, photographs of completed work, etc. If no materials are available, then the interview will suffice.
  • Musical Theatre: Bring a photo and resume and prepare two contrasting one-minutes monologues and two contrasting songs from Classical American Musical Theatre Literature with sheet music in the correct key. For the dance and movement audition, we will teach you a routine. Please bring suitable clothes to change into.
  • Stage Direction and Management: Bring a resume, portfolio of theatre materials related to work as a director, stage manager, or other management as well as photographs, prompt books or other director script notations and production paperwork.
  • Stage Design and Technology: Bring a resume and bring portfolio of designs, sketches, drafting, properties, sound or lighting work, construction work, photographs, etc. If no materials are available, then the interview will suffice.
  • Theatre Education and Licensure: Bring a resume and portfolio of theatre materials related to student’s work as a director, stage manager, actor, designer, or craftsperson, including photographs, prompt scripts, director’s scripts and designs.
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    Musical Theatre (BFA)

    The Musical Theatre students are supported by a faculty of professionals within the Greensboro College Theatre, Dance, and Music Departments.

    In addition to the training received on the Acting track, the Musical Theatre students also study one semester each of Ensemble and Cabaret Performance. (Yes! You write and perform your own one-man show) For the Musical Theatre Seminar class, taken in the junior year, each student studies two roles from the American Musical Theatre canon. (Yes! Another one-man show in your Junior year!) And, while not a program requirement, many of our Musical Theatre students will also offer a senior recital. Also required is the popular course American Musical Theatre History and Literature.

    Dance training includes the core classes of Ballet, Tap, and Jazz. Additional dance courses offered include Modern, African, Ballroom, Dance Auditions, Renaissance Dance and Choreography. The musical theatre curriculum also includes the research and study into the work and style of a specific musical theatre choreographer. Included within the curriculum of the BFA in Musical Theatre is a Dance Minor. Students also have the opportunity to serve as Dance Captain or Assistant Choreographer on the Mainstage.

    The Music Department provides Instruction in Sight Singing, Music Theory, Piano Proficiency and Private Voice. Our majors also receive additional time each week with our Department Accompanist. A monthly “Vocal Rep” class offers the opportunity to highlight the vocal progress of each student.

    Some of our Musical Theatre students find the time participate in the Music Department vocal ensembles, and even with the Campus Chapel Band.

    The Greensboro College Theatre Department Mainstage season always includes at least one book musical and one musical revue.

    Theatre Minor

    Students gain a basic understanding of the different theatre facets and have the opportunity to participate in select production work. Minors require 20 credits to complete.

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    Dance Minor

    Whether novices or experts, students at any level explore various dance styles, including ballet, ballroom and hip hop, as well as learn different body awareness, posture and tension release techniques. Students meet in dance studios for class and gain performance experience through showcases. Minors require 20 credits to complete.

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Ashley Hyers
Theater Department Chair, Professor of Theater and Dance

336-272-7102 ext. 5753
email: [email protected]

John Saari
Professor of Design/Technology/Technical Direction/Lighting

336-272-7102 ext. 5214
fax: fax: 336-217-7235
email: [email protected]

Memberships & Accolades

Our Department of Theatre is a part of and accredited by organizations that establish and support national standards for art and theatre-related disciplines. They include:

  • American College Theatre Festival
  • Association for Theatre in Higher Education
  • North Carolina Theatre Conference
  • Southeastern Theatre Conference
  • United States Institute of Theatre Technology


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