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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 coursework 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. The entertainment and tourist industries, trade show companies, United States National Park Service 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 State University 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 multi-million 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 (URTA) auditions.
On campus, annual Festivals include student participation opportunities in Armstrong's Coastal Empire New Play Festival (CENPF) and administration of our High School One-Act Play Festival (OAPF).
Productions from recent seasons include: Little Shop of Horrors, Othello, Desdemona: A Play About A Handkerchief, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, A Streetcar Named Desire, God's Favorite, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream, My Fair Lady, The Glass Menagerie, Steel Magnolias, The Star Spangled Girl, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Taming of the Shrew, Don't Drink the Water, Oklahoma, American Buffalo, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Odd Couple, Pippin, First Night, Charley's Aunt, Love's Labor's Lost, True West, The Imaginary Invalid, How I Learned to Drive, T-Bone N Weasel, Proof, Crazy for You and Copenhagen.
Recent student directed productions include: The Full Monty, Crimes of the Heart, Plaza Suite, Deathtrap, Beyond Therapy, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds, Barefoot in the Park, Twilight of the Golds, A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley, and in 2005 the world premiere of Some Place In Paris. Student designed productions include: Don't Drink the Water, The Curious Savage, Much Ado About Nothing, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, Love's Labor's Lost, Mr. Marmalade, Art, Misery, Anton in Show Business and The Children's Hour.
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 fifty-one hours of major field courses, thirty-nine 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 nine credit hours of free electives to complete their degree.