Theatre

Theatre at Methodist University has two basic components, the production program and the academic program. Students can participate in one or the other or both, depending on their level of commitment.

Productions

Everyone at Methodist can participate – it doesn't matter what your major is. Much of our best work has been put on by Political Science majors, English majors, Biology majors, Communications majors, even faculty.

Some large-scale productions are open to the community; however, Methodist University students always get priority.

We produce four shows a year: a musical in the spring, a children's production in November, and two other shows – one in October, one in April – which are often student-generated projects.

We use two primary facilities, Reeves Auditorium and O'Hanlon Amphitheatre. We also occasionally use "found" space like the front porch of the Mallett-Rogers House or the courtyard of the Trustees Building.

Academics

We prepare students for entry-level positions in Theatre production companies, as well as for further graduate-level study.

The program is designed for self-motivated individuals who are interested in creating their own opportunities as well as well as making the most of what is already in the program.

We also see a major part of our mission as preparing the audience to be an informed consumer of quality theatre. We encourage students to take advantage of local opportunities, such as Cape Fear Regional Theatre in Fayetteville, Temple Theatre in Sanford, Sandhills Theatre Company in Southern Pines, as well as the many professional, college and community theatre productions within driving distance in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, or Wilmington.

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Mission

The Theatre program is designed to give majors a theatre education firmly grounded in the liberal arts, preparing them for further study in a graduate school or higher-level training program prior to pursuing a career; to serve non-majors through Core courses and electives; to educate the potential audience; and to provide opportunities for self-expression to those wishing to pursue Theatre as an avocation.

Goals

  1. All members of the Methodist University community will have the opportunity to participate in the production component(s) of the Theatre program, as a performer, a technician, or a member of the audience.
  2. Students who complete the Theatre Appreciation component of the General Education/Core Curriculum will have a basic understanding of the principles of drama and the processes of theatre production.
  3. Graduates who complete a major in Theatre will demonstrate basic knowledge of the canons of theatrical literature, history, and theory necessary as a foundation for producing a theatrical performance.
  4. Graduates who complete a major in Theatre will demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental performance skills required for producing a theatrical event.
  5. Graduates who complete a major in Theatre will demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental technical skills required for producing a theatrical event.

Requirements for the major in Theatre

The course requirements for a major in Theatre are designed for maximum flexibility in creating the ideal curriculum for each individual student. B.A. candidates are required to take THE 1620,  1630, 3110, 3120, 3650, 4670, and 24 s.h. chosen from THE courses and the following: ART 1010, ART 2030, ENG 3260, ENG 3740, MUS 1180, MUS 1510, MUS 1520, and WRI 3260. B.A. candidates are also required to demonstrate proficiency at the 1020 level in one foreign language.

n.b.: Other courses from outside the Theatre Department not listed above, particularly within the School of Arts and Humanities, can be offered toward the major with the permission of the Theatre Department Chair, the student’s advisor, and the instructor of the course.

Requirements for the minor in Theatre

21 s.h. total – THE 1620, 1630, 3110 or 3120, 3650, and one design course (THE 3610, 3620, 3680 or 3690), plus 6 s.h. chosen from any combination of Theatre Department courses and/or the electives outside the Theatre Department listed above

Requirements for the A.A. concentration in Theatre

21 s.h. total – THE 1620, 1630, 3110 or 3120, 3650, and one design course (THE 3610, 3620, 3680 or 3690), plus 6 s.h. chosen from any combination of Theatre Department courses and/or the electives outside the Theatre Department listed above

Hear from a Recent Graduate

Program Faculty & Staff

Evan Bridenstine

Chair, Theatre
(910) 630-7104
Paul F. Wilson, Associate Professor of Theatre

Paul F. Wilson

Associate Professor of Theatre
(910) 630-7105

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