Students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with a concentration in lighting design/technical production program have many opportunities to work nationally, regionally, on our mainstage and in our student theater. Under the supervision of 10 faculty and staff, students receive individualized attention in small studio classes and lectures. VCUarts is rare amongst college and university training programs in that it provides opportunities for accomplished undergraduate students to actualize their designs on the mainstage.
Our theatre faculty have won awards for producing, directing, and designing including Tony Awards, Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Awards, Hollywood Drama-Logue Awards and many others. You’ll meet guest artists and directors at the top of their fields and build contacts in the industry.
Theatre students and faculty have worked on AMC’s Turn: Washington’s Spies, Lincoln and Loving. Our department also has a partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre, Richmond’s leading professional theatre company. Students have landed positions with The Public Theater, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre (D.C.), and Santa Fe Opera, and on-screen performances in productions from Netflix, FOX, Disney and Paramount.
Some classes you might take in this major:
- Introduction to Drama
- Theatrical Rigging and Welding
- Black Theatre
- Lighting Design
Our alumni are:
- Set, lighting and special effects designers
- Hair, makeup and costume designers
- Actors on stage and film
- Voice over artists