The Theatre Major at VSU
The theatre major at VSU is a vibrant BFA program, preparing students for professional careers and graduate study in theatre. VSU is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). The major offers three areas of emphasis: theatre performance, theatre production, and musical theatre. Each emphasis is grounded in the history, theory, and methods of the discipline. Since learning is most profound during application, the theatre major’s program of study provides students with extensive practical experience and varied opportunities to develop their talents, skills, and knowledge base. Majors are provided with an advising check list to manage their own academic careers.
The Theatre Minor at VSU
The minor in theatre is designed for students outside the theatre major with knowledge and skills about theatre production/performance. This 18 hour minor has sic credits of required courses, but there is great flexibility in the additional twelve hours of study. The theatre minor is particularly attractive to students majoring in other areas of Communication Arts and to students in other disciplines who simply have a passion for theatre.
Admission to the Theatre Major and Scholarship Availability
Students interested in theatre performance and theatre production emphases gain admission through application or transfer. Eligibility for admission to the musical theatre emphasis is determined by audition before the theatre faculty. The audition entails both acting and singing, and auditionees must also participate in the dance audition. Scholarships, which are secured through audition, are available to theatre majors in all emphases.
Opportunities for Professional Development
Opportunities for professional development in theatre abound at VSU. These opportunities include a seven-production season on campus during the academic year, three musicals during the operation of The Peach State Summer Theatre, and two fund-raising productions sponsored by the Golden Circle Sponsorship and Support Fund. Further opportunities are available through participation in Alpha Psi Omega, a national honorary dramatic fraternity.
Networking and Learning from Professionals
The VSU theatre program and faculty are dedicated to training professionals. One way that this in accomplished is with the Pro-Conn program (Professional Connections). Pro-Conn involves bringing professionals to campus to give workshops, advice, and answer questions about the reality of the theatre industry and to provide our theatre majors with opportunities to audition, learn from, and network with these professionals. Additionally, biennial trips are planned to major markets for intensive workshops and networking opportunities as well as experiencing a metropolitan environment.