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Dramatic Arts (B.A.)

Dramatic Arts (B.A.)

Overview

"Being in a school where everybody’s supporting each other no matter who gets the lead, is a great place to grow.

REBECCA BOTTER '17

The Dramatic Arts program at Trevecca is designed to prepare students for competitive careers in professional theatre, theatre education or graduate studies in theatre. During their work at Trevecca, dramatic arts majors focus on and explore one or more of the following collaborative facets of theatre: acting, directing, design (scenic, costumes lighting, etc.), playwriting, or stage management. 

Students are encouraged to be creators of original stories through playwriting, not merely imitators or interpreters of other creative work in the performing arts. This level of artistic training in theatre better prepares students for solid, independent work among creatives in the industry after graduation. They not only learn critical thinking and scholarship in the discipline, but they also learn how the performing arts can serve their local communities and, where possible, the global community as well. Emphasis in theatre training at Trevecca is placed on what it means to seek a passion for Jesus and have compassion for those with whom one comes into contact on a daily basis.

Learning occurs through hands-on, real-world experiences in each phase of theatre production, both on campus and through off-campus internship experiences. Examples of past local internship placements include Nashville Repertory Theatre, Nashville Children's Theatre, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Studio Tenn. Additionally, some students do their internships abroad in NYC, LA, or overseas. 

The Dramatic Arts Program produces four or five theatre productions for the Trevecca campus and Nashville communities each year. Auditions are open to all students, and students majoring or minoring in the program are required to participate in some aspect of most on-campus productions.

By the time you reach your senior year as a theatre student, you will have begun to specialize in one of these major collaborative areas of theatre and are ready to create and present an original senior project in your specialized area. The project presentation is open to the general public and provides a student with a culminating, professional capstone experience in preparation for either graduate studies and/or professional employment after graduation. 

Every student in the program is also strongly encouraged to consider an internship in theatre (required of majors), ideally during their junior year. Including an internship with academic work provides students with valuable opportunities such as professional hands-on experience in the theatre, networking relationships among prospective employers, and building a well-rounded resumé for graduation.

What our students say

"It's an open place to learn. For a theatre major, it is a place to grow as an artist. The communication department has provided me skills and experience beyond my major."

Montgomery Sparrow '15

"I like the attention each professor gives to students as individuals."

Andrea Richardson ‘16

"My experience as a dramatic arts student would not be the same without Jeff Frame. Jeff is by far one of the most kind and loving people that I have come to know. Jeff Frame is a dear friend and professor to me. I have learned a great deal that has been the foundation of the productions that I have been involved in and plan to do. I believe that the Dramatic Arts department has given me the foundation to achieve my dreams of acting, writing, producing, and directing in the church and as a professional artist."

Angelo Tate '13

Overview

"Being in a school where everybody’s supporting each other no matter who gets the lead, is a great place to grow.

REBECCA BOTTER '17

The Dramatic Arts program at Trevecca is designed to prepare students for competitive careers in professional theatre, theatre education or graduate studies in theatre. During their work at Trevecca, dramatic arts majors focus on and explore one or more of the following collaborative facets of theatre: acting, directing, design (scenic, costumes lighting, etc.), playwriting, or stage management. 

Students are encouraged to be creators of original stories through playwriting, not merely imitators or interpreters of other creative work in the performing arts. This level of artistic training in theatre better prepares students for solid, independent work among creatives in the industry after graduation. They not only learn critical thinking and scholarship in the discipline, but they also learn how the performing arts can serve their local communities and, where possible, the global community as well. Emphasis in theatre training at Trevecca is placed on what it means to seek a passion for Jesus and have compassion for those with whom one comes into contact on a daily basis.

Learning occurs through hands-on, real-world experiences in each phase of theatre production, both on campus and through off-campus internship experiences. Examples of past local internship placements include Nashville Repertory Theatre, Nashville Children's Theatre, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Studio Tenn. Additionally, some students do their internships abroad in NYC, LA, or overseas. 

The Dramatic Arts Program produces four or five theatre productions for the Trevecca campus and Nashville communities each year. Auditions are open to all students, and students majoring or minoring in the program are required to participate in some aspect of most on-campus productions.

By the time you reach your senior year as a theatre student, you will have begun to specialize in one of these major collaborative areas of theatre and are ready to create and present an original senior project in your specialized area. The project presentation is open to the general public and provides a student with a culminating, professional capstone experience in preparation for either graduate studies and/or professional employment after graduation. 

Every student in the program is also strongly encouraged to consider an internship in theatre (required of majors), ideally during their junior year. Including an internship with academic work provides students with valuable opportunities such as professional hands-on experience in the theatre, networking relationships among prospective employers, and building a well-rounded resumé for graduation.

What our students say

"It's an open place to learn. For a theatre major, it is a place to grow as an artist. The communication department has provided me skills and experience beyond my major."

Montgomery Sparrow '15

"I like the attention each professor gives to students as individuals."

Andrea Richardson ‘16

"My experience as a dramatic arts student would not be the same without Jeff Frame. Jeff is by far one of the most kind and loving people that I have come to know. Jeff Frame is a dear friend and professor to me. I have learned a great deal that has been the foundation of the productions that I have been involved in and plan to do. I believe that the Dramatic Arts department has given me the foundation to achieve my dreams of acting, writing, producing, and directing in the church and as a professional artist."

Angelo Tate '13