Threatre Arts

About Theatre Arts

Practitioners of theatre arts, whether they perform on stage or work behind the scenes, bring stories to life, entertain and inspire. The theatre arts major at Valdosta State University is an all-encompassing program that embraces various aspects of theatre, including theatre performance, theatre production and musical theatre. The program is designed to develop the skills, craft and imagination of students, in addition to providing them with a strong background in the history of theatre.

Theatre Arts at Valdosta State University

Students in the Valdosta State theatre arts program hone their skills in the classroom and on stage. Students gain invaluable experience by participating in the VSU Theatre, which presents seven full-scale theatrical productions each year. Students also have the unique opportunity to collaborate with performers and crew members from the Peach State Summer Theatre, a nine-week program that takes place on campus each summer. Outstanding students may be invited to join Alpha Psi Omega, a national theatre honor society that seeks to stimulate interest in dramatic activities across campus. The department’s Pro-Conn (Professional Connections) program brings industry professionals to the Valdosta State campus to give workshops and advise students in the areas of theatre and dance. The theatre arts department also plans biennial trips to major markets so students can participate in intensive workshops and network with industry professionals.

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

Tracks:

Theatre Performance

Theatre Production

Musical Theatre

Minor

  •  Theatre

About the Theatre Arts Curriculum

B.F.A.

The theatre arts program at Valdosta State stresses the collaborative nature of the art form by emphasizing the creative process and new play development. Students must choose an area of emphasis from theatre performance, theatre production or musical theatre; students must successfully audition to qualify for the musical theatre track. All three areas of emphasis include a foundation in history, theory and methods, and practical and hands-on experience is an important component of each program. Graduates of the theatre arts program are prepared for professional careers in the industry or may continue their theatre studies in graduate programs.

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Theatre Arts Minor

Students with knowledge and skills in theatre production and performance who have chosen a different major program are encouraged to pursue a minor in theatre studies. Eighteen hours of coursework are required.

Careers*

  • Acting coach
  • Artistic director
  • Arts administrator
  • Box office manager
  • Casting director
  • Company manager
  • Costume designer
  • Director
  • Drama therapist
  • Dramaturg
  • Film/television actor
  • Film/television actress
  • Lighting designer
  • Music director
  • Playwright
  • Producer
  • Publicist
  • Scenic designer
  • Scriptwriter
  • Secondary school drama teacher
  • Set decorator
  • Stage actor
  • Stage actress
  • Stage manager
  • Technical director
  • Theatre director
  • Theatre educator

*Some career possibilities may require additional degrees or certifications.

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