David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences

B.A. Theatre

Nationally Recognized & Locally Respected

HPU’s theatre program was named the No. 1 “underrated” theatre college in the Mid-Atlantic Region by OnStage, though its graduates, students, faculty and community members who attend performances know the program’s quality. Students often write the plays that are produced at the university. Theatre majors also assist in designing scenery, costumes and lighting under faculty mentorship and guidance. Students have gone on to present their work at the Kennedy Center/ American College Theatre Festival, the North Carolina Theatre Conference, the Southeastern Theatre Conference, the High Point University “Year of the Arts,” and HIPURCS.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Theatre and Dance at High Point University is to inspire personal and artistic development and challenge students to lead lives enriched by curiosity, expression, and empathy. The department uniquely prepares students for creative careers by emphasizing a collaborative company philosophy, faculty mentoring and the fostering of new works.

Unique course offerings

Developing an Artistic Career and Practice: A course designed to help graduates transition from university life to the real world. Audition and interview techniques, resume preparation, portfolio development, New York and Los Angeles survival techniques, how to make and stick to a budget, and developing an artistic philosophy are some of the topics covered in the course.

Theory and Practice: These four courses combine historical study of tech/design areas with practical, hands-on experiences in production.

What can I do with this major?

We like to brag (with some strong evidence) that the theatre major is actually more prepared to work in a variety of fields than many other undergraduate majors. The reason for this lies in the skills that are embedded in every experiential opportunity (productions) in which a theatre major participates; they learn, practice, and demonstrate the skills necessary to succeed in any career. For example, making deadlines (“the show must go on”), time management, creative problem solving, collaboration (working well with others), being a “self-starter,” working well with the public, communication skills, and many more marketable skills are gained from participating in close to 20 productions in their four years.

Experiential learning opportunities

  • Four “mainstage” productions a year
  • One major dance concert each year
  • 5-10 student directed/created productions a year
  • Exclusive permanent relationship with the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company where students work for CSC during the summer
  • 38 experiential course offerings

Student clubs & organizations

  • Alpha Psi Omega, the theatre honor fraternity
  • “The Tower Players,” chartered theatre club open to all students of the university with an interest in theatre

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Theatre at HPU