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The Department of Theatre at High Point University
offers a comprehensive Bachelor of Arts degree, combining rigorous course works and practical production experiences to provide students with the basic theatre skills needed to prepare them for entry-level positions in the professional theatre; graduate study and specialized professional training; or related careers in which creativity, communication skills, and collaborative abilities are essential.
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A Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre at High Point University allows a student to enjoy a broad educational experience within the theatrical discipline. Each theatre major completes in a challenging 24 credit hour core of challenging and exciting courses, providing them with a valuable foundation in all areas of the theatre. Each student then chooses a 12 credit hour area of emphasis, allowing them to explore in greater depth the area of theatre where their individual passions lie. Working closely with their faculty advisor, each theatre major at High Point University has a great amount of flexibility in customizing their program of study, breaking away from the “one size fits all” traditional curriculum model.

 


The areas of emphasis in the Bachelor of Arts degree at High Point University include:

Performance Emphasis – The option is designed for those students who are primarily interested in acting. During their academic career at High Point, students take a variety of performance classes aimed at providing them with the strong foundation in the practical performance skills necessary to either begin their career in theatre or pursue further graduate study.

Design/Technical Emphasis – This option is designed for students whose primary area of interest is in the design and technical aspects of theatre. Students receive basic and advanced coursework aimed at providing the skills necessary to succeed in the theatre.

Dramatic Writing Emphasis – For students who are interested in playwriting and screenwriting, this option is comprised of beginning and advanced playwriting coursework combined with co-curricular coursework in the School of Communication and the English Department. Combined with these classes is an emphasis on the creation and production of original dramatic works.

Collaborative Theatre Emphasis – Combining coursework in playwriting, directing and arts administration, this option is designed for students who are interested in artistic direction, producing, or management positions in theatre. This option is especially appealing to those students who wish to be involved in theater at the community or regional/non-profit theatre areas.
Each year the Department of Theatre produces four to five Mainstage productions in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center’s Pauline Theatre and The Empty Space black box theatre. Dance concerts are also featured on a regular basis. In addition, student directed one-act plays and original production projects regularly occur on campus.

Among our recent productions are: William Inge’s classic romance Picnic, the devilish treat Les Liaisons Dangereuses, the Cole Porter musical Kiss Me Kate, a thought-provoking The Laramie Project, the Shakespeare comedy Twelfth Night, a world premiere of a commissioned new play The Glasses, the modern comic fable of Urinetown: The Musical, Beth Henley’s southern Crimes of the Heart, the roaring 20s in song through Thoroughly Modern Millie, Sam Shepard’s brotherly battle True West, the classic Americana of Our Town, and the world premiere of John Cariani’s Love/Sick.

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