Why study theatre?
Theatre is more than superficial spectacle or impermanent entertainment. Theatre is the liberal arts as embodied in community celebration. Language and movement poetically combine to tell a story; imagination and historical knowledge bring a page of words to life; the visual arts, fused with technological innovation, create an exciting cultural experience through design and engineering; leadership, self-awareness and the ability to balance all of these diverse elements make possible a unique and collaborative work of art that is shared with and critiqued by a larger public. Theatre students develop a passion for the many crafts that make up theatrical expression, and they learn to articulate that passion, listen to and incorporate the ideas of others, cooperate and solve problems in ways that are nurtured in the classroom, mature in collaboration with peers and faculty, blossom in the creation of theatrical productions and individual projects and flourish as the basis of an imaginative yet grounded life, whatever the path they choose.
Why Georgia College Theatre?
In the Department of Theatre, we provide first-rate theatre training within the context of a well-rounded liberal arts education. Philosophically, we believe that "smaller is better." If you study theatre here, you will be part of a growing yet highly accessible department. You will get to know your teachers well and work closely with them both in and out of the classroom. While we are active in professional organizations within our respective fields, teaching is our first priority. We work hard to prepare students to enter the world, and the expertise of our faculty allows us to offer a range of classes that can matches the curriculum of much larger departments.
The department produces four to six productions every academic year. During a four year rotation, you will be exposed to a wide variety of plays including musicals, Shakespeare, contemporary cutting-edge works, new plays, Greek, Moliere, the great European masters, and many, many more. Recent productions have included RENT, To Kill a Mockingbird, Steel Magnolias, Dog Sees God, Wonder of the World, The 1940's Radio Hour, and The Rover. Our theatre program is committed to finding diverse works to produce and to non-traditional, color-blind casting; this means that the best actor is cast in the role regardless of their ethnicity as long as such casting does not destroy the playwright's intent. Our students are encouraged to actively participate in the American College Theatre Festival, the Georgia Theatre Conference, the Southeastern Theatre Conference, United States Institute of Theatre Technicians, and other various casting and interviewing agencies throughout the United States. We also urge our students to study abroad and Georgia College actively supports these programs.