The faculty and staff of the Department of Theatre at VCUarts unequivocally condemn all forms of bigotry, racism, and anti-Blackness. We are determined to support all our students by mindfully creating a culture of both safety and accountability within our department where BIPOC students feel seen and all our students feel valued.
The Student Alliance Laboratory Theatre (SALT) is an amazing resource for Theatre students. SALT facilitates, encourages and promotes the public performance of student theatre at the Shafer Street Playhouse. SALT’s goal is that students will take personal and artistic risks, which will result in engaging, quality theatre that challenges and enriches the students involved and the community alike.
BTA facilitates cultural diversity through the exploration of Black Theatre Arts. BTA emphasizes stories of color through performance, community engagement, and social awareness. BTA received the Outstanding New Student Organization Award in Spring 2020.
The Student Advisory Council (SAC) acts as a liaison between students and department faculty and staff to promote open communication and work for effective, positive change within the Theatre department. Elections are held in the Fall Semester, and students from all concentrations are represented on the council. Student Reps can expect to:
- Attend monthly meetings with the Theatre Department Chair and Artistic Director.
- Discuss Mainstage Season planning with the Theatre Department Chair and Artistic Director.
- Bring forward suggestions and concerns from their allotted grade level to discuss at meetings.
- Read more information on SAC for our 2021-2022 Academic year here.
The Little-Big program is an informal, student run tradition in the theatre department. Incoming first years are teamed up with a sophomore mentor—someone who can answer your questions, be a friendly face, and help you get to know VCU and the department! Click the title above to read more.
VCU and the School of the Arts provide a number of resources to assist traditionally underserved and/or underrepresented student populations: