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Major in Theatre Arts

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.

Careers for theatre arts majors

Studying theatre arts at Furman gives you the foundation to go anywhere in the entertainment industry. And if that’s not where you land, use your creative collaboration process and your time management skills in virtually any arena.

Here are paths our theatre alumni have taken:

  • Theatre producer, writer or director
  • Lighting and sound designer, set designer, costume designer
  • Higher education professor
  • Entertainment and media industry professional
  • Professional actor – Broadway and off-Broadway, regional theaters
  • Sales and marketing professional
  • Hospitality manager, event planner
  • Movie and TV industry roles
  • Museum or library staff member
  • Military officer

Theatre arts courses: What will you study?

Costume Crafts

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Movement for the Actor

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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

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“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

Your academic advisor will help you explore your passions, define your interests and achieve your goals. You’ll tap into a widespread network of community and alumni mentors to help you on your individual educational path – and to the opportunities at the end of it. Furman’s theatre arts faculty represent decades of study and real-world expertise.

  • Jason Adkins
    Title:

    Adjunct Professor of Theatre

    Jason Adkins

    Jason Adkins
    Title:

    Adjunct Professor of Theatre

    Phone Number: 8642942516

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  • Maegan McNerney Azar
    Title:

    Associate Professor of Acting & Directing; Theatre Arts Department Chair

    Maegan Azar

    Maegan McNerney Azar
    Title:

    Associate Professor of Acting & Directing; Theatre Arts Department Chair

    Phone Number: 8642942127

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  • Alan Bryson
    Title:

    Designer; Technical Director; Counselor

    Alan Bryson

    Alan Bryson
    Title:

    Designer; Technical Director; Counselor

    Phone Number: 8642942487

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  • Rhett Bryson
    Title:

    Professor of Scenic & Lighting Design

    Rhett Bryson

    Rhett Bryson
    Title:

    Professor of Scenic & Lighting Design

    Phone Number: 8642942126

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  • Margaret Rose Caterisano
    Title:

    Professor of Costume Design

    Margaret Rose Caterisano

    Margaret Rose Caterisano
    Title:

    Professor of Costume Design

    Phone Number: 8642943025

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  • Randall David Cook
    Title:

    Artist-in-Residence

    Randall David Cook

    Randall David Cook
    Title:

    Artist-in-Residence

    Phone Number: 8642942051

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  • Caroline J. Davis
    Title:

    Visiting Lecturer, Theatre Arts and Education

    Caroline Davis

    Caroline J. Davis
    Title:

    Visiting Lecturer, Theatre Arts and Education

    Phone Number: 8642942516

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  • Jay Oney
    Title:

    Professor of Theatre Arts

    Jay Oney

    Jay Oney
    Title:

    Professor of Theatre Arts

    Phone Number: 8642942128

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  • Elizabeth Wright
    Title:

    Adjunct Professor of Dance

    Elizabeth Wright

    Elizabeth Wright
    Title:

    Adjunct Professor of Dance

    Phone Number: 8642942516

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  • FAQ

    What jobs can you get with a theatre arts degree?

    Furman’s theatre arts majors have found careers in theater production and design, professional acting on Broadway and elsewhere, as educators at the college level, as professionals in the hospitality industry, and even as officers the in military.

    What is the average salary for theatre arts majors?

    The national average salary for theatre major graduates in the U.S. is $49,000, but the top 10 percent of earners bring in about $78,000, according to Zippia.com.

    How long does a theatre arts major take?

    The theatre arts B.A. at Furman is a four-year program.

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