David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences

B.A. Theatre

The Department of Theatre & Dance at High Point University proudly offers two comprehensive bachelor of arts degrees that combine rigorous course work and practical production experience – Theatre and Dance.

The Theatre degree provides students with the basic theatre skills needed to prepare them for: a variety of entry-level positions in the professional theatre; graduate study and specialized professional training; and related careers in which creativity, communication skills, and collaborative abilities are essential.

The Dance degree provides students with the skills needed to prepare them for positions in the professional dance performance world, graduate study, or related careers, in which creativity, communication skills, and collaborative abilities are essential.

Nationally Recognized & Locally Respected

HPU’s theatre program was named in the top 25 B.A. Theatre Programs for 2018-2019 by OnStage, No. 1 “underrated” theatre college in the Mid-Atlantic Region and was named one of the Top 10 BA Theatre Programs for 2016-2017 by OnStage.

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 American College Dance Association Conference,  the High Point University “Year of the Arts,” and High-PURCS.

We feature an active production program, producing at least 6 productions per year including our big fall musical and two dance concerts! At High Point University, you will learn by doing. We practice the “Company Philosophy” where all of us – faculty and students alike – work as a theatre ensemble on each of our productions! From the first day you arrive on campus, you become a member of our theatre company!

More Than Just a B.A.

A Valuable Education

THe Department of Theatre and Dance at HPU offers comprehensive training within the university’s liberal arts tradition. You will be challenged by a broad theatre core including required courses in acting, design, directing, and theatre administration.

Areas of Focus

Develop your skills in an area of specialty YOU choose. We offer areas of emphasis in Performance, Design/Tech, and our unique Collaborative Theatre.

A Mentoring Faculty

Our faculty are experienced and dedicated theatre professionals who are committed to your future success. You will receive individual attention from faculty advisors and mentors at every step of your college career.

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
  • Workshops, lectures, and collaboration with guest artists
  • Over 20 new plays developed and produced
  • 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 Dance Company, a student run organization open to all students. The Dance Company performs in the community and teaches classes such as stretching and yoga to fellow students.