Department at a Glance
Number of Faculty
- 3 full-time professors
- 2 adjunct professors
- Plus guest artists
Number of Students
- 20-25 theatre majors
- 6-10 theatre minors
- 40-60 students per year involved in production. That jumps to 50-100 when we perform a musical.
What Students Study
To give our students the freedom to study what they’re interested in, we’ve divided the theater arts major into 3 emphases:
- Musical Theatre
Our professors integrate the Christian faith throughout each emphasis, analysis, and production, exploring everything from the ancient classics to modern experimental pieces.
Skills Students Gain
Students enter the program with all kinds of interests—from professional acting to theatre ministry. Within the liberal arts setting, we also develop educated and artistically sensitive audience members who bring insights from their Christian worldview into the way they engage with all forms of theatre.
Topics in Theatre Arts
A group-intensive laboratory for exploring special topics in theatre such as playwriting, voice production, stage combat, dialects, acting for the camera, character/tap dance, children’s theatre, and more. Students work with theatre professionals and develop their own performance skills.
Students develop and adapt their inherent creative skills to mount a theatre production through techniques like costuming, set construction, painting and dyeing, makeup, and lighting.
Through group lab experiences, monologues, and other work with Shakespearean scenes, students unleash the art of performing and acting Shakespeare. The course explores key skills such as scansion, antithesis, and performance techniques needed to analyze and interpret Shakespearean text for performance.