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Bachelor of Arts in Theatre
A Bachelor of Arts in Theatre will allow you to indulge your passion for the stage while providing you with a firm foundation for a life in the theatre. The program of study includes courses common to all majors in acting, directing, stagecraft and script analysis. Students also select an area of concentration from the performance, design and technology, or management tracks. In these concentration areas, we offer specialized course work in voice, movement, camera acting, design, video production and related fields such as art, music, dance and dramatic literature. Through theatre labs, workshops, and directed studies our students hone their skills in acting, directing, design, stage management, and theatre management.
A minor in Theatre may be earned through completion of a minimum of 15 semester hours of approved theatre courses, 12 of which must be courses at or above the 3000 level.
Entertainment is the fastest growing industry in America. The business requires dedication, discipline and hard work. A theatre degree is your first step in a career on stage or backstage, on screen or behind the camera, as well as in the box office, the publicity department, the scene and costume shops, the sound booth and the light grid. The professional stage and screen, which includes regional theatres, video, and local television, are obvious employers of trained actors, designers, directors and technicians. Other sometimes less obvious industries that utilize theatre specialists include the entertainment and tourist industries, trade show companies, and various public relations firms specializing in events programming also provide a growing number of employment opportunities for trained theatre professionals.
Students gain practical experience on stage and behind it through participation in departmental and Armstrong Masquers' productions. Each academic year the Masquers, Armstrong's student theatre troupe, in cooperation with the Department of Art, Music & Theatre and the Student Government Association, presents a full season of more than 12 faculty and student-directed productions in two state-of-the-art Jenkins Hall performance venues: its 180-seat Jenkins Hall proscenium theater and ultimate 50-seat black box theater. As part of a comprehensive multimillion dollar facility renovation, the recent addition of a green wall camera room provides a competitive environment for video production and film acting students. Armstrong Theatre students have the opportunity to hone audition skills and build career portfolios through participation in Georgia Theatre Conference (GTC), Georgia Thespian Conference (Thespian), South Eastern Theatre Conference (SETC), Outdoor Drama Auditions, and United/Regional Theatre Auditions (U/RTA) auditions.
On campus, students have the opportunity to run the administration of Armstrong's High School One-Act Play Festival (OAPF).
Productions from recent seasons include: The Birds: A Modern Adaptation, The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful, And Then There Were None, The Amen Corner, Company of Wayward Saints, Spring Awakening, Macbeth, Godspell, The Amen Corner, Love's Labor's Lost, Much Ado About Nothing, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Gumshoe Rendezvous.
Recent student-directed productions include: The Pillowman, A Piece of My Heart, The Foreigner, Reasons To Be Pretty, Killer Joe, Dreams of Anne Frank, Cactus Flower, The Weird, Food For Fish, and Bunny Bunny... Gilda Radner, a Sort-of Romantic Comedy.
Course of Study
For the Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre, all students must complete the liberal arts core curriculum requirements mandated by the Board of Regents; additionally, students complete 51 hours of major field courses, 39 of which to be upper-level courses in one of the following degree track options: performance, design and technology, or management tracks. There are additionally 9 credit hours of free electives to complete their degree.