Grounded in the liberal arts tradition and tailored to meet each student's individual needs, the Theatre program of Lenoir-Rhyne University is intensive and rewarding. Classes are designed to help students realize and enhance their talents as they pursue a comprehensive education in the art of theatre. Course work will include dramatic theory, history, and literature as well as various studio courses, exploring all phases of production work.
The Theater Arts program is supplemented with a rigorous production program involving mainstage performances and studio productions. Students are not only prepared through classwork and school activities, but also have the opportunity to gain real world experience through internships with regional theatres.
Theatre students also take an active role in the Lenoir-Rhyne Playmakers' production season gaining invaluable experience in various aspects of production including performance, technology, design, direction, and management. Playmakers traditionally hold four productions each academic year. In addition, students can take advantage of many opportunities available through community theatre productions as well as attend professional theatre events including the North Carolina Theatre Conference and Southeastern Theatre Conference. Through these types of events, students can work side-by-side and build lasting relationships with professionals in their field.
There are two on-campus facilities utilized and available to students of the Theatre program 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.
LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
The Theatre major is the ideal blend of in-class and out-of-class learning. Beyond the classroom study of dramatic theory, history, and literature, students will have substantial opportunities to learn their applied field through productions and other dramatic opportunities. Whether the focus is on acting, production and design, directing, script or playwriting, students have significant opportunities to improve their craft. In addition to participation in the LR Playmakers, Theatre students can take advantage of internships, mentorships, study abroad, and honors programs to help ensure they are fully prepared for their desired career paths after graduation. Students can also take advantage of career counseling and job placement programs offered through the University.
The Theatre major at LR provides its students a rich and diverse combination of experiences related to preparing one for careers onstage, back stage, or off-stage. Through training in the major, one can expect to hone her performance and presentation abilities, build project management and other leadership skills, and develop a greater capacity to work collaboratively—and under pressure situations. Career opportunities span a wide array of areas in the theatrical world: acting and performance (through various mediums); entertainment business and law; production and direction; project management; costume, make-up, and set design; public relations and marketing; and education/teaching.
The Theatre major earns a BA degree. Students may also choose a minor in Theater.
Lenoir-Rhyne’s appreciation and commitment to theatre is evident through the scholarships available. Students who qualify may receive financial scholarship funding of up to $20,000 over four years of study – often in addition to other LR scholarships. An audition and/or technical theatre interview is required for scholarship consideration. Please email Dr. Lindsay Weitkamp for more information.