With a rapidly growing program, a variety of majors, ample performance opportunities and passionate faculty, the Emory & Henry Department of Theatre is recognized as one of the region’s finest.

Emory & Henry’s Theatre Department is for students serious about pursuing a career in the theatre. We offer preprofessional conservatory-style training, embedded in a rigorous small liberal arts school environment.

We also offer a variety of degrees so you can study what YOU want.  Our small class-sizes mean personal attention and more opportunities for you — on stage and off.  Our unique and dynamic association with the Barter Theatre, the State Theatre of Virginia, means our students get hands-on experience with professional theatre artists throughout their four-year degree.

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts- Acting

    A student who wishes to pursue the pre-professional degree will choose one of the four tracks listed below. Students in all tracks will take a set of common courses.

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Directing

    A student who wishes to pursue the pre-professional degree will choose one of the four tracks listed below. Students in all tracks will take a set of common courses.

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Musical Theatre

    A student who wishes to pursue the pre-professional degree will choose one of the four tracks listed below. Students in all tracks will take a set of common courses.

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Production and Design

    A student who wishes to pursue the pre-professional degree will choose one of the four tracks listed below. Students in all tracks will take a set of common courses.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Theatre

    To provide the basis for a lifetime appreciation of the theatre and/or for a professional or educational vocation in the theatre.

  • Minor, Theatre

    A student may minor in theatre by completing 100, 110, either 105 or 205, and two additional theatre electives (for a total of at least six credits) chosen in consultation with the department. Students must also complete three semester hours of Practicum (Theatre 402).

Student Research

  • <h4 class="lw_blurbs_title">Senior Show “Her Monster”</h4><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> Musical Theatre major, <strong>Alissa Jones ’17</strong>, wrote and starred in an original musical told from the perspective of an individual suffering from depression. The production worked to educate, and provide an opening to discuss, mental illness. </p></div>
  • <h4 class="lw_blurbs_title">Ninety Seconds is All Two Students Need to Open Doors in the Theater Field</h4><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p><img width="610" height="407" alt="Kaleigh Bowyer ’20 and Hannah Rivette ’20" src="/live/image/gid/39/width/610/height/407/6977_Bowyer-Rivette-headshot.rev.1569950366.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image6977 lw_align_left lw_block" data-max-w="610" data-max-h="407"/>Emory & Henry students <b>Kaleigh Bowyer ’20 </b>and <b>Hannah Rivette ’20 </b>traveled to the Virginia Theatre Alliance SETC Professional Screening Audition where they each presented a ninety second monologue followed by a song. The conference was a chance for the students to gain valuable experience and allows many different theater companies to see talented new performers and help them advance in their future careers.</p><p> “This is an enormous opportunity to take advantage of,” said Bowyer. “It will gave me more experience within my field, more connections to other theatre companies and artist, and allowed me to feel more prepared for future auditions.”</p></div>
  • <h4 class="lw_blurbs_title">Senior Show “The Dangers of Tobacco”</h4><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> Theatre major <strong>Phillip Deese</strong> stared in Anton Chekov’s one–man play “The Dangers of Tobacco,” where a lecture turns into a cathartic moment for the speaker.</p></div>