David R. Hayworth School of Arts & Design

B.A. Theater

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


  • Top 30 College Acting and Performing Arts Programs for 2019-2020 by OnStage
  • Top 25 B.A. Theatre Programs for 2018-2019 by OnStage
  • No. 1 “underrated” theatre college in the Mid-Atlantic Region
  • 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, and the American College Dance Association Conference.

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 theater ensemble on each of our productions.

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
  • Two dance concerts 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/perform for CSC during the summer
  • 38 experiential course offerings

Student clubs & organizations

  • Alpha Psi Omega, the theatre honor fraternity
  • The HPU Dance Company, a student run organization open to all students. The company is dedicated to providing exciting dance experiences for its students and the High Point community.  Students will be able to sign up for weekly classes taught by students, faculty, and guest artists, and perform through community outreach events.

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Theater & Dance at HPU

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