Housed in the state-of-the-art Roland Fine Arts Center, our Theatre Department offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Theatre and Christian Theatre. Students who major or minor in theatre have a broad range of opportunities outside of their formal classroom training, including main stage productions, traveling theatre troupes, ministry teams, and local community theatre activities.
How We Stand Out
- Diverse Experiences. Students who major in theatre will gain well-rounded experience in many areas of theatre performance and production.
- Tailored Study. Theatre majors can work with the department chair to tailor degree requirements to their specific field of skill and interest, including areas such as sound and lighting design, set design, costume design, acting, directing or theatre management.
- State-of-the-Art Facilities. The modern Roland Fine Arts Center has a well-equipped performance auditorium, as well as rehearsal space, a costume sewing room and a set workshop.
- Open Access. All shows and ensembles have open auditions and are not limited to theatre majors.
- Christian Theatre Option. We are one of few colleges to offer a Christian Theatre degree. We pride ourselves in showcasing quality Christian theatre.
- Quality Instruction. Our full-time and adjunct faculty have decades of real-world theatre experience. Strong relationships with local community theatres also provide additional learning experiences.
Opportunities for Students
- Be On Stage. We produce four productions a year, all of which have open auditions. The Directing II class also produces one-act plays in a black box theatre environment.
- Be Backstage. Students can have hands on experience in sound, lighting, costume design, set construction, and many other behind the scenes areas of our productions.
- Performing Groups. We hold open auditions each year for New Edition (a theatre ministry team) and Identity (a social issues theatre troupe). Members travel locally, regionally and internationally, performing for various age groups in a plethora of venues.
- Beyond the Classroom. Faculty and students regularly travel to see other productions at venues such as Quincy Community Theatre in Quincy, IL and the Fox in St. Louis, MO.
- For information on auditioning for the program, please click here.
Preparing Students for Future Success
- Theatrical Jobs. Graduates are well-prepared for careers in areas such as community theatre, theatre management, on-stage performance, event planning, theme park entertainment, and much more.
- Christian Ministry. A wide range of ministry opportunities, layered with our Christian learning environment, prepares our graduates to excel in theatre-related ministry.
- Teaching. Pairing a theatre major or minor with education equips graduates to teach at a variety of levels.
- Further Study. Our alumni have a good foundation for graduate study programs.
- Christian Theatre (Bachelor of Arts or Science)
- Theatre (Bachelor of Arts or Science)
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