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B.A. in Theatre

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre
Format: In person on the Statesboro Campus
Credit Hours: 124

Rooted in a dynamic curriculum that combines theoretical foundations with practical experiences, the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre program offers you a well-rounded education in the performing arts.

Theatre majors are involved in the full production experience with opportunities in acting, design, dramaturgy, theatre-focused research and criticism, production management, technology, musical theatre, and video production. We are a hands-on program that creates a culture of engagement that unites theory and practice, extends the learning environment beyond the classroom, and develops an appreciation for the historical and contemporary global diversity of theatre and performance. The program is committed to exploring a wide range of historical and contemporary drama and production styles, as well as emergent theory, practice, and technology; and to promoting a culture of social engagement and global awareness at both the program and university levels.

Students can pursue a major or minor on the Statesboro Campus and a minor on the Armstrong Campus.

Course highlights include:

  • theatre history, theatre management, children’s theatre
  • script analysis, play writing and directing
  • acting fundamentals, voice and movement for the stage, acting for the screen, performance styles
  • auditioning and the business of acting
  • scene and production design, stage construction techniques, costume design and stage makeup
  • video production, audio production and sound design
  • lighting design and cinematography

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Take Your Work Outside the Classroom

Outside the classroom theatre students are active in productions as actors, designers, stage managers, dramaturgs and assistant directors. In addition, our students are active in Theatre South (Statesboro) and Masquers (Armstrong)—student organizations that sponsor workshops and productions; Alpha Psi Omega—a national theatre honors fraternity that promotes service and extracurricular training. Our students have the opportunity to attend the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, The South East Theatre Conference, The Georgia Theatre Conference for workshops, job fairs, and networking opportunities, and the Georgia Thespians Conference. Students from our program work in summer stock companies, participate in internship programs nationally, and work in the thriving Georgia Film Industry. Further, we have alumni who move on to prestigious MFA programs and alumni networks of working in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Atlanta.  

Accreditation

Georgia Southern University’s Theatre program is an Institutional member of The National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). 

11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190-5248 
703-437-0700 
info@arts-accredit.org

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Graduation Plan

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Graduation Plan

Course Descriptions

Freshman Year
All Majors REGARDLESS OF AREA OF FOCUS

Fall  
THEA 2300 – Script Analysis
THEA 2333 – Acting I: Fundamentals of Acting

Spring
THEA 2332 – Stagecraft
THEA 1100 – Theatre Appreciation  or THEA 2410 Oral Interpretation

SOPHOMORE YEAR

Fall
THEA 3200 Stage Design Concepts
THEA Acting Elective (Acting Directing Concentration)

Spring
THEA 3230 Voice for the Stage
THEA 4330 or 4331 Theatre History I or II (depends on rotation)

Either Semester
THEA 2711 Theatre Practicum
Any THEA elective in area of concentration

JUNIOR YEAR

Fall
THEA 4337 Costume Design (Design Tech Concentration)
THEA Acting Elective (Acting Directing Concentration)
THEA elective
THEA 3711—Practicum—Professional Development

Spring
THEA 4330 or 4331 Theatre History I or II (depends on rotation)
THEA 4335 Scene Design or THEA 4336 Lighting Design (Design Tech Concentration)
THEA 3337 Directing (Acting Directing Concentration)
*Acting Directing Concentrations must take one upper division Design Class
THEA Elective

SENIOR YEAR

Fall
THEA 4711 Practicum—Capstone
THEA Electives (6 hours)

Spring
THEA 3337 Directing (Tech Design Concentration)
THEA Electives (6 hours)

You also need to complete your minor requirements – 15 credit hours, 12 of which need to be upper division.

Course Rotation
Following is the course rotation for theatre minor on the Armstrong Campus
This course rotation is tentative and is dependent on the availability of faculty. 
 
Each semester:
THEA 1100 – Theatre Appreciation
 
Each Fall:
THEA 2300 – Script Analysis
THEA 3200 – Stage Design Concepts
An upper division course
 
Each Spring:
THEA 2333 – Fundamentals of Acting
THEA 2332 – Stage Construction Techniques
 
Every other Fall:
THEA 3230 – Voice for the Stage
OR
THEA 3233 – Audition & Business
THEA 3337 – Directing
 
Every other Spring:
THEA 4335 – Scene Design
THEA 4334 – Drama in Performance
THEA 4330 – Theatre History I
THEA 4331 – Theatre History II
 
Following is the course rotation for the Statesboro Campus
This course rotation is tentative and is dependent on the availability of faculty. 
 
The following courses will be offered Fall 2023:
THEA 1100: Theatre Appreciation
THEA 2300: Script Analysis
THEA 2332: Stage Construction Techniques
THEA 2333: Fundamentals of Acting
THEA 2711/4711: Practicum
THEA 3234: Acting for the Screen
THEA 3333: Irish Theatre
THEA 3336: Theatre Management
THEA 3337: Directing
 
The following courses will be offered Spring 2024:
THEA 1100: Theatre Appreciation
THEA 2332: Stage Construction Techniques
THEA 2333: Fundamentals of Acting
THEA 2711/3711: Practicum
THEA 3131: Makeup
THEA 3230: Voice for the Stage
THEA 4332: Children’s Theatre
THEA 4335: Scene Design
THEA 4338: World Theatre-Russian
THEA 4711: Practicum
THEA 5530: Playwriting
 
The following courses will be offered Fall 2024:
THEA 1100: Theatre Appreciation
THEA 2330: Script Analysis
THEA 2332: Stage Construction Techniques
THEA 2333: Fundamentals of Acting
THEA 2711/4711: Practicum
THEA 3200: Design Concepts
THEA 3333: Irish Theatre
THEA 3336: Theatre Management
THEA 3337: Directing
THEA 3234: Acting for the Screen
 
The following courses will be offered Spring 2025:
THEA 1100: Theatre Appreciation
THEA 2332: Stage Construction Techniques
THEA 2333: Fundamentals of Acting
THEA 2711/3711: Practicum
THEA 3131: Makeup
THEA 3230: Voice for the Stage
THEA 3233: Audition and the Business of Acting
THEA 3330: Acting – Scene Study
THEA 4330: Theatre History I
THEA 4337: Lighting Design
 
The following courses will be offered Fall 2025:
THEA 1100: Theatre Appreciation
THEA 2330: Script Analysis
THEA 2332: Stage Construction Techniques
THEA 2333: Fundamentals of Acting
THEA 2711/4711: Practicum
THEA 3200: Design Concepts
THEA 3231: Movement for the Actor
THEA 3337: Directing
THEA 4333: Acting Styles
THEA 4337: Costume Design
 
The following courses will be offered Spring 2026:
THEA 1100: Theatre Appreciation
THEA 2300: Script Analysis
THEA 2332: Stage Construction Techniques
THEA 2333: Fundamentals of Acting
THEA 2711/3711: Practicum
THEA 3131: Makeup
THEA 3230: Voice for the Stage
THEA 3330: Scene Study
THEA 4331: Theatre History II
THEA 4332: Children’s Theatre
THEA 4335: Scene Design
THEA 4338: World Theatre – Russian
THEA 5530: Playwriting
 
The following courses will be offered Fall 2026:
THEA 1100: Theatre Appreciation
THEA 2300: Script Analysis
THEA 2332: Stage Construction Techniques
THEA 2333: Fundamentals of Acting
THEA 2711/4711: Practicum
THEA 3200: Scene Design Concepts
THEA 3234: Acting for the Screen
THEA 3333: Irish Theatre
THEA 3336: Theatre Management
THEA 3337: Directing
 
The following courses will be offered Spring 2027:
THEA 1100: Theatre Appreciation
THEA 2332: Stage Construction Techniques
THEA 2333: Fundamentals of Acting
THEA 2711: Pracitcum
THEA 3131: Makeup
THEA 3230: Voice for the Stage
THEA 3233: Audition and the Business of Acting
THEA 3330: Acting – Scene Study
THEA 4330: Theatre History I
THEA 4332: Children’s Theatre & Storytelling
THEA 4336: Lighting Design

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Minor in Theatre

The Minor in Theatre requires 15 credit hours with a minimum of 12 upper-division credits. This program offers a versatile exploration of theatrical arts, allowing you to tailor your minor to your individual interests and career goals. You can choose to focus in one of three main areas:

  • scripts and directing or theatre history
  • stage construction and various aspects of theatrical design
  • acting fundamentals, auditioning, scene study and acting for the camera

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Last updated: 2/27/2024