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Theatre, B.A.


Exploring the connection between what happens on stage and what happens in the world around us.

Our Bachelor of Arts in theatre program develops well-rounded artists who are curious, creative, collaborative, and engaged in the world around them. A rich and diverse combination of experiences will prepare you for careers onstage, backstage, or off-stage.

Course work will include dramatic theory, history, and literature, as well as various studio courses in acting and all phases of production work. You can expect to hone your performance and presentation abilities, build project management and other leadership skills, and develop a greater capacity to work collaboratively.

Supplementing course work is a rigorous production line up involving mainstage shows, student-directed work, and our annual children’s theatre production in collaboration with The Visiting Writers Series and The Little Read. You will take an active role as theatre-makers right from the start, gaining invaluable hands-on experiences in performance, technology, design, direction, and management.

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Learning Inside & Outside the Classroom


Majoring in theatre will allow you to develop many versatile skills that employers seek, including self-confidence, leadership, self-discipline, accepting critiques, collaboration with others, adaptability, listening and observing and empathy. 

  • Beyond the Classroom

    Our theatre program is the ideal blend of in-class and out-of-class learning. Whether the focus is on acting, production and design, directing, script or playwriting, you have significant opportunities to improve your craft.

    You can take an active role in our Playmakers' theatre season—traditionally four productions per academic year—gaining invaluable experience in performance, technology, design, direction and management.

    Additionally, many opportunities are available through community theatre productions as well as professional theatre events, such as the North Carolina Theatre Conference and Southeastern Theatre Conference. Through these types of events you can work side-by-side and build lasting relationships with professionals in their field.

    Internships are a great way to expand your resume, along with mentorships, studying abroad, and joining our honors programs.

  • Theatre Facilities

    We utilize two on-campus facilities for performances:

    • Belk Centrum
      Venue that houses two of our four main stage productions; the stage is a modified thrust utilized for performances demanding an intimate space.
    • P.E. Monroe Auditorium
      Venue that houses larger productions and musicals; the 1450 seat proscenium hosts a variety of professional and traveling performances, shows and presentations.
  • Career Opportunities

    Career opportunities span a wide array of areas in the theatrical world, including:

    • Acting and performance
    • Entertainment business and law
    • Event management
    • Production and direction
    • Costume, make-up and set design
    • Audio visual direction
    • Education/teaching
    • Talent management

    The skills developed in our program lend themselves to a variety of careers outside the theatre realm as well, including:

    • Sales and marketing manager
    • Arts administrator
    • Lobbyist
    • Broadcaster
    • Mediator/negotiator
    • Development officer
    • Public relations specialist
    • Volunteer coordinator
    • Realtor
    • Event planner

Scholarships & Auditions


Lenoir-Rhyne’s appreciation and commitment to theatre are evident through scholarship funding over four years of study if you qualify. An audition and/or technical theatre interview is required.

Application Process

  • Contact Lindsay Weitkamp, Ph.D., at lindsay.weitkamp@lr.edu to schedule an audition and/or technical portfolio review.
  • Apply for admission to the university.
  • Apply for financial aid. Make certain that a FAFSA report is sent to Lenoir-Rhyne.
  • Prepare your audition pieces and/or your portfolio.

Formal scholarship awards are made by the Office of Financial Aid after all required forms and information have been submitted.

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Major Requirements

Our Bachelor of Arts in theatre program develops well-rounded artists who are curious, creative, collaborative, and engaged in the world around them. A rich and diverse combination of experiences prepares students for careers onstage, backstage, or off-stage.

Course work includes dramatic theory, history, and literature, as well as various studio courses in acting and all phases of production work. Students can expect to hone performance and presentation abilities, build project management and other leadership skills, and develop a greater capacity to work collaboratively.

Supplementing course work is a rigorous production line up involving mainstage shows, student-directed work, and our annual children's theatre production in collaboration with The Visiting Writers Series and The Little Read. The Theatre major earns a B.A. degree.

Honors

Students majoring in Theatre who are judged qualified by the faculty may, upon invitation, elect to pursue honors work in Theatre. To graduate ''With Honors in Theatre'', students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, a minimum major GPA of 3.2, and complete twelve credits of honors courses in the major area, including .

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