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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    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

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

336-272-7102 ext. 5214
fax: fax: 336-217-7235

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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