Both in study and practice, theatre at the College is directed toward developing an understanding and appreciation of the interrelationship of actor, script, performing space, and audience. The Department’s curriculum centers on courses that explore performance (acting and directing), text (literature and playwriting), and performing space (design and technology), and that recognize—in various considerations of styles, periods, history, standards, and conventions—the essentiality of the audience in completing the theatre circle.
Acknowledging the unique and elemental nature of theatre as live performance, the Department emphasizes direct and personal expression through production experience. The Department is committed to helping students focus their career goals in theatre and, particularly during the senior year, prepare to meet them.
Students from all majors participate in the production of plays and enroll in theatre courses. The Department presents, in association with Sock & Buskin, the College theatre club, one mainstage theatre production each semester. Senior theatre majors normally present an additional annual production.
Seasons of plays are chosen with deliberation, for the Department strives to offer to its students, to the College community, and to Lynchburg in general, quality theatre of artistic and literary merit that is compelling, varied in tone and period, and that represents a challenge to the faculty and students responsible for its presentation.
Students may pursue a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, or a minor in theatre.