Theatre Program of Study
A Bachelor of Arts in theatre will develop your critical and reflective thinking skills, as well as increase your understanding and appreciation of the arts.
Meredith offers a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. Majors can focus in three major areas of study; Performance, Production, or Musical Theatre. Students may also earn a K–12 licensure to teach theatre . A minor in theatre is also available.
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre
Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre must earn 37-39 hours of credit. The required core courses encourage students to study all aspects of theatrical production. Additional courses allow students to focus in three major areas of study; Performance, Production, or Musical Theatre.
Professional Certificate For students who are seeking more intensive training coupled with the rich educational foundation of a BA we now offer the professional Performance Certificate. This program better prepares students for work as professional artists both in performance and design. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
The K–12 teaching licensure in theatre is designed for those students who wish to pursue the teaching of theatre as a profession. This program prepares students for licensure by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to teach theatre in grades K–12.
The focus in performance is geared to provide the theatre major with additional training in the art of live theatrical performance.
The guided electives will provide:
- acting training in period styles and a closer examination of the audition process;
- a more stringent focus on human vocal production and oral communication skills;
- experience in improvisation, pantomine, and theatrical movement;
- assistance in providing the student with internship opportunities with professional caliber companies in the theatrical community.
The focus in production is designed to offer students the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to understand the technical and design elements associated with theatrical production.
The guided electives will provide:
- a more thorough examination of the art of costume and make-up design;
- historical examination and construction techniques of puppetry in a theatrical setting;
- exposure to drafting, rendering, and building three-dimensional models;
- exposure to various painting techniques including faux finishes;
- working knowledge of theatre technology and its application towards production;
- practical laboratory experience applying knowledge foundation to actual Meredith Ensemble Theatre productions.
Musical Theatre Focus
The focus in musical theatre is designed to develop the range of knowledge and skills expected of those working towards an interdisciplinary study of musical theatre.
The guided electives provide:
- studies in the professional and historical aspects of musical theatre;
- development of basic theatrical and movement skills as appropriate to musical theatre;
- an emphasis in vocal studies and acting training in period styles;
- experience in developing repertory and audition techniques;
- opportunities for performances in full productions in a variety of formal and informal settings.
Whether you choose theatre as a career or direct your future to an entirely different field, Meredith will prepare you for success with a solid background in the performing arts.
Visit our Courses page for specific requirements for each of the theatre major options.