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Theatre Studies

Experience the thrill of the theatre

For centuries, the theatre has beckoned many of society’s most creative and talented people. Elon’s theatre studies program is educating the next generation of students to move into that rich tradition. Whether you seek the spotlight or prefer to work magic behind the scenes, Elon will help you realize your goals.

The theatre studies program is designed to provide you with the skills, experience and exposure you need to pursue graduate studies or a variety of careers. As with all Elon’s performing arts curricula, the theatre studies program emphasizes learning by doing. Beginning your first semester, you will have the opportunity to put your education and talent to the test by participating in departmental productions, including musicals, student-directed plays, recitals, revues and workshops. 

Elon faculty combine national and international professional theatre experience with a passion for teaching. They will work closely with you to identify your talents, sharpen your skills and deepen your understanding of all aspects of theatre. You also will make valuable professional contacts through faculty connections as well as participation in festivals, auditions, conventions and workshops.

“The theatre studies program at Elon gives you the flexibility to explore all areas of theatre so you can figure out where your passion truly lies and then customize the program to fit your needs. The freedom within the program also allowed me to explore my other interests, primarily social justice and activism.”

Victoria Tucci ’08

Circle in the Square professional acting training program, New York, N.Y.

Broad-based curriculum

Elon’s Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre studies is a broad-based program designed to give majors a solid grounding in all aspects of theatre: performance, production, design, and theatre history and literature. Students can select from a variety of electives and complete the major with a capstone senior seminar.

First-rate faculty

Elon’s theatre studies faculty combine years of professional experience with a love of teaching. Their credits include performances on and off Broadway, in theatres throughout the nation and abroad, and in television and film. They are dedicated to sharing that expertise with you. The mentoring relationships they build with students continue after graduation, and the professional contacts they maintain are invaluable in helping you move from the academic world into the professional one. 

You also will have the opportunity to learn from outstanding visiting performers who come to Elon each year to lead seminars, workshops, performances and master classes.

Recent visiting performers include The Acting Company, Montana Repertory Theatre, the American Repertory Ballet, the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Olympia Dukakis, Hal Prince and Scott Eck.

Experience early

At Elon, put your talents to work in live productions beginning your first semester. Students are involved in all aspects of the production process, from making key decisions to the final curtain.

Recent on-campus productions include “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” “Marvin’s Room,” “Macbeth,” “Children of Eden,” “You Can’t Take it With You,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “The Pavilion,” “Noises Off,”  “Marisol” and “Sweeney Todd.”

Excellent facilities

The theatre studies program is housed in the Elon University Center for the Arts, a 75,000-square-foot facility specifically designed for teaching and performance. The centerpiece stage is McCrary Theatre, a fully equipped performance space that seats 575. The 125-seat Yeager Recital Hall offers a more intimate setting, along with digital recording capabilities. The 100-seat Black Box Theatre can be configured to any arrangement, from proscenium to arena. 

Behind the scenes, the Center for the Arts includes modular practice rooms and studios, rehearsal rooms, a complete scenery shop and costume shop, computer labs, classrooms and Steinway concert grand pianos. Three new dance/rehearsal studios provide additional space for rehearsal and instruction.

Auditions

No audition is required for this open-enrollment program. 

Real-world experience

Through internships, summer theatre work and on-campus productions, you will have the opportunity to develop significant real-world experience before you graduate. An Elon degree in theatre studies is likely to catch the eye of casting directors, talent scouts and technical and design directors.

Elon students have taken the stage at venues such as:

  • Santa Fe Opera
  • Flat Rock Playhouse
  • Heritage Repertory Theatre
  • Florida Studio Theatre
  • The Lost Colony
  • Galveston Summer Theatre
  • Ringling Bros. Circus
  • Big Fork Summer Theatre
  • N.C. Shakespeare Festival
  • Lakes Region Summer Theatre.

Study abroad

Theatre studies majors frequently supplement their on-campus studies by participating in Elon’s nationally ranked study abroad program. In recent years, students have completed classical studies in Greece, fine arts residencies in London, and jobs and internships with the London Theatre.

After you graduate

A degree in theatre studies opens doors to a host of careers because the curriculum trains the student to be creative, collaborative, deadline-oriented and comfortable speaking in public. Elon’s job placement rate is excellent and the majority of performing arts graduates immediately enter the professional world in arts management, casting direction, directing, acting, production, scenic design, lighting and technical direction.

Other graduates choose to continue their training at the following outstanding graduate schools including:

  • Yale School of Drama
  • University of Cincinnati Conservatory
  • Boston University
  • University of Nevada-Las Vegas
  • Manhattan School of Music.

 

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