For more than sixty-seven years, Theatre VCU has prepared students for careers in professional and academic theatre. Hundreds of alumni scattered across the United States and Canada now successfully practice what they began as students at VCU. With 25 faculty and staff and a combined graduate and undergraduate student population averaging 280, Theatre VCU is one of the largest theatre training programs in the southeastern United States. Theatre VCU is a member of NAST (the National Association of Schools of Theatre).
The faculty of Theatre VCU are first and foremost educators who provide first-rate mentoring and instruction. They also serve as role models, practicing their craft as artists locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. They work on the stage, TV and in films, author books in their disciplines, and hold elected offices in some of the nation’s most prestigious organizations. Collectively, the faculty and staff pride themselves on their ability to help you bridge the gap between life as a student and life as a professional beyond VCU.
• The mission of the BFA in Theatre is to educate and train students as theatre professionals in performance, costume design, lighting design, scenic design or stage management.
• The goal of the BA in Theatre is to provide students with a strong education in theatre fundamentals (including both practical and academic study of performance, design, history and literature), combined with a broad liberal arts component and the ability to pursue a minor or other course of Directed Study.
• The mission of the MFA degree program in Theatre Pedagogy is to educate and train early to mid-career professionals to teach at the university and college level in various areas of Performance, Design and Dramatic Literature.
Theatre VCU offers the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree program in theatre with concentrations in Performance; Costume, Scenic, Lighting Design; and Stage Management. The curriculum provides students an education in theatre as an art form while at the same time preparing them to enter the profession or to continue training in an advanced program.
All incoming students audition and are admitted in Theatre Foundation specializing in one of the five concentrations. Students can choose to pursue a BA, or choose to audition/interview for the BFA after completing two years of coursework.
The BA in Theatre is designed for students who desire a program with a strong emphasis in theatre, combined with a strong liberal arts component, and a minor (or other course of directed study) in an area other than theatre.
BFA students do not typically pursue minor courses of study.
The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree is offered in either Theatre Pedagogy with concentrations in Performance (focus areas in Performance -Acting/Directing; Stage Voice and Speech; Movement); Dramatic Literature/Dramaturgy; or a studio emphasis in either Scenic or Costume Design.
TheatreVCU is proud to be one of the departments of VCUarts, which has the highest ranking ever achieved by a public university school of arts and design and is the only public university to consistently rise in the rankings (U.S. News & World Report – www.usnews.com/rankings). A degree from VCUarts gives our alumni credibility in the world of galleries, graduate schools, artistic directors and employers. Our graduates are known for professionalism, skill, and readiness to enter their desired field as artists.
TheatreVCU is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre. NAST sets national standards for curriculum and production programs for institutions of higher learning. Our program goes through a rigorous accreditation process in order to maintain the highest standards of quality and integrity of its degree programs.
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