David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences

What Does the Theatre Program Offer?

Here’s what you can expect when you study theatre at High Point University:

  • Receive individual attention from a faculty advisor and mentor.
  • Small class sizes and an 8:1 faculty to student ratio in our courses.
  • Hit the ground running. We are a 100% undergraduate program.
  • Learn by doing. We have an active and challenging productions program that will give you experience in multiple areas.
  • Be part of creating new work through collaborations with guest artists.

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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.

In the department of Theatre and Dance at High Point University, we value:

Work ethic – accountability, discipline, integrity, timeliness, preparation, and the mutual respect of our colleagues.

The creative process – taking artistic risks, making choices, being willing to fail, and pride in product and completion.

Creative problem solving – intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, questioning, and investigation.

An examined life – social awareness, the liberal arts tradition, inter-disciplinary study, and well rounded citizens.

Q & A

Do I have to audition or present my portfolio to get into the program?
No – but we encourage auditions/portfolios as an assessment tool and for scholarship considerations.

Do I have to be a major to be involved?
No! Non-majors are welcome to audition and participate in all aspects of production.

Are there scholarships?
Yes – there are theatre scholarships available. We have two freshman scholarships available that are up to $1,000. All incoming students are automatically considered after being accepted and completing their freshman audition (2 contrasting monologues of no more than 1 1/2 minutes in length each plus a resume). Scholarships are renewable at the end of the year (with the possibility of an increase or decrease in the size of scholarship) following the End-of-the-Year-Review and is based upon production and academic work during the freshman year and the maintenance of a 3.5 GPA.

Upperclassmen are also eligible for department scholarships that are awarded at the end of the academic year for the following year.

What minors do you offer?
We offer a Theatre minor, a Dance minor, and a minor in Musical Theatre.

What are your facilities?
We perform in the 500-seat Pauline Theatre, a proscenium stage, and The Empty Space, a flexible black box theatre. We have a large and well equipped scene shop, costume shop, and dance and acting studios.

What distinguishes your department?
An emphasis on new works and a strong collaboration with industry professionals.