Theatre

Students can play leading roles and take on important tech jobs as early as their first year at Wesleyan.

All plays at Wesleyan focus on strong roles for women. Women do all the backstage and technical work, unlike at a coed school, where men often take those jobs. Students intern outside the college at local and national theatres. By graduation, a theatre student has built a powerful resume.

The Wesleyan theatre degree teaches transferable skills that are valuable to employers. Theatre graduates have excellent ability in oral communication. They solve multiple real-world problems with creative thought. Students learn to respect others, to take constructive criticism, and they gain appreciation for diversity. Working on plays calls for promptness, dedication, and the ability to work under pressure. Studying theatre opens the mind and reveals our shared humanity. Wesleyan students and faculty get frequent recognition for their excellent work from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

The Wesleyan student who majors in theatre receives a strong foundation that prepares her for a career in the profession, an apprenticeship, graduate school, or work in a related field.

Students may audition for one of our numerous talent scholarships. The prestigious Lane Scholars Program provides three full-tuition scholarships annually to academically superior first-year applicants for admission whose intended major is in the area of fine arts. Eligible candidates must be invited to compete at Scholarship Day, possess strong academic credentials, and demonstrate their ability in the arts.

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ASHAUNTI SAMMS

Ashaunti is a double major in theatre and English with a minor in communication. During the summer, she interned as a tech assistant for the New Grove African Theatre and aspires to be in the entertainment industry as a writer and actor.

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A liberal arts education prepares you for your first job and your last. Wesleyan has a four-year plan to prepare students to make the connection between a liberal arts education and success in the workplace.

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Majors

Majors

Wesleyan offers 30 majors and 33 minors, as well as eight pre-professional programs. Students also have the opportunity to self-design their own major, combining two or more interdisciplinary major programs.

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Start Your Professional Development

Our classes are small so theatre students benefit from close individual mentoring from outstanding faculty. Students perform, write, direct, stage manage, produce, design, and bring plays to life. Student-written plays often receive full productions.

The theatre major offers exciting classes in acting, directing, playwriting, design, and technical production, and theatre history and literature, with courses such as African American Theatre, Theatre by Women, Pulitzer Prize Plays, and Theatre for Youth. Plays are produced in the 1,200-seat Porter Auditorium with its twenty-line counterweight fly system, or in the intimate Grassmann-Porter Studio Theatre.

 

Recent Plays

Miss Witherspoon by Christopher Durang, a dark comedy about the afterlife.

Dead Man’s Cell Phone, by Sarah Ruhl, a funny and bittersweet exploration of how cell phones interrupt real communication

Twelfth Night, Shakespeare’s romantic comedy with songs from the 1960s, all roles performed by women

Kindertransport, a haunting play by Diane Samuels about a young Jewish girl separated from her German family during World War II

Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Lynn Nottage’s brilliant tale of an African American family in 1950s Brooklyn

Students get ready before theatre production, applying makeup and getting in character.

 

Outside The Classroom

Internships help students prepare for careers in the profession. As early as their first year, students attend the Southeastern Theatre Conference and/or USITT for workshops and interviews. National internships have included Unto These Hills, Maine State Music Festival, Lost Colony, Santa Fe Opera, Texas Legacies, North Shore Music Festival, Horizon Theatre, and Georgia Shakespeare Festival. Locally, students have worked at Theatre Macon, the Grand Opera House, Macon Little Theatre, Douglass Theatre, Georgia Advocacy for Children, Montessori, and numerous area churches.

 

 

Wesleyan Women In Theatre Careers

Alexa Serrano poses for the camera

ALEXA SERRANO ’13

Alexa majored in English and minored in music and held several editorial internships while at Wesleyan. Today she serves as editorial assistant for the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists in Miami, a company dedicated to worldwide counter-terrorist financing, where she edits and fact checks articles.

JOSY JONES ’12 outside

JOSY JONES ’12

Shortly after graduation Josy founded her own theatre initiative, The Chameleon Village Theatre Company, whose goal is to use site-specific theatre to highlight underutilized spaces around Macon, to provide local artists and writers a venue for their craft, and to give local artists and businesses the opportunity to work together in innovative ways.

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ASHLEY HARE ’07

Ashley serves as arts education director in the Office of Arts and Culture for the City of Phoenix. She works with organizations to expand opportunities for citizens to engage in the arts. A Corn Scholar from Columbus, GA, Ashley was the first person in her family to attend college.

 

RECENT GRADUATES HAVE PURSUED GRADUATE DEGREES AT:

Carnegie Mellon University, California Institute of the Arts, Indiana University, Arizona State University, Virginia Tech, Chapman University, University of Louisville, Duke University, Florida State University, Louisiana Tech, Emory University, Cincinnati Conservatory, Catholic University of America

Our students and graduates have recently worked at:

Cirque du Soleil, international tours; The Public Theatre, New York City; Pig Iron Theatre, Philadelphia; Disney and Epcott Center, Orlando; Carnival Cruise Lines; Auburn University as a professor of stage management; Louisiana Tech as a professor of sound design; Excitement Technologies as an international laser show designer; Atlanta Opera; City of Phoenix

REASONS EMPLOYERS HIRE THEATRE MAJORS

TOP QUALITY

Theatre majors learn discipline, dependability, loyalty, and leadership skills making them effective members of a production team.

PROBLEM SOLVING

Theatre students learn to think on their feet, identify problems, evaluate a range of possible solutions, and figure out what to do.

ADAPTABILITY

Theatre students have a willingness to try new ideas, accept new challenges, and the ability to adapt to constantly changing situations and conditions.

A LEVEL HEAD

Theatre-trained applicants are valuable employees because they're energetic, enthusiastic, and able to work under pressure.

GOAL-ORIENTED

Theatre majors are task-oriented and capable of finding practical ways to achieve goals.

SELF-CONFIDENCE

Theatre graduates have a can-do confidence based on their experience of successfully meeting difficult challenges.

Frazer Lively
Professor and Director of Theatre (478) 757-5250 Profile
Professor James Ogden stands in front of bookcase in his office
James Ogden
Asstant Professor of Theatrical Design (478) 757-5254
Robert Fieldsteel artist-in-residence outside Porter Auditorium
Robert Fieldsteel
artist-in-residence, playwriting (478) 757-3879

100%

of students will have a professional development experience

30

Number of majors we offer including the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees

80%

of theatre graduates are accepted into their first choice of graduate schools.

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