What is a theatre arts degree?

Discover your passion. Practice your craft. Design your future. The stage – and everything that electrifies it, from directing to lighting – brings limitless perspectives to issues we face every day. Theatre arts majors study and produce plays, take part in all aspects of production, and continually step out of their comfort zone through classes in acting, movement, theatre history, costuming, set design and more. They learn to think critically, communicate effectively, learn deeply, view things from multiple perspectives and evaluate and create collaboratively.

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Why study theatre arts at Furman?

When you combine a strong liberal arts and sciences foundation with a comprehensive understanding of the theater experience, the result is a launchpad like no other. With expert guidance from professors and collaboration with your peers, learn the nuances of staging up to four main stage productions in the academic year. Find your theater lane – lighting and sound design, acting, directing, set design, costumes, promotion, stage management – develop your craft, and marvel at your transformation from student to artist. Take your first steps by contacting admissions or reading more about how to apply.

How will you learn?

Study away with professors in Arezzo, Italy, or get an up-close look at Shakespeare’s birthplace and take in Royal Shakespeare Company productions while you study in the British Isles. Team up with faculty on research through a fellowship in theatrical production. Pick up an internship fueled by an active and engaged alumni network. Internship options include a local film production group, local and regional theaters, New York’s The Farm Theater, or the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Theater Institute, where the likes of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Garner and John Krasinski launched their careers.

Featured theatre arts courses

  • 4
    Main stage productions per academic year, plus other smaller productions
  • 93%
    Students who participate in an engaged learning experience
  • 20
    average number of theatre majors on campus

What our students say

“I’m glad I chose to be a theatre arts major because I'll graduate as an open-minded and well-rounded theater artist. I'll be able to create not only as an actor but as a designer, technician and playwright.”
- Anna Bowman ’22

Our faculty

Jason Adkins

Performance Coach

Maegan Azar

Associate Professor of Acting & Directing; Theatre Arts Department Chair

Alan Bryson

Designer; Technical Director; Counselor

Rhett Bryson

Professor of Scenic & Lighting Design

Margaret Caterisano

Professor of Costume Design

Caroline J. Davis

Visiting Lecturer, Theatre Arts and Education
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Theatre Arts Major F.A.Q.