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">Senior Show “Anchored”</h4><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p><img width="610" height="407" alt="Theatre seating" src="/live/image/gid/39/width/610/height/407/480_DMG_8552.rev.1505160471.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image480 lw_align_left lw_block" srcset="http://www.ehc.edu/live/image/scale/2x/gid/39/width/610/height/407/480_DMG_8552.rev.1505160471.jpg 2x, http://www.ehc.edu/live/image/scale/3x/gid/39/width/610/height/407/480_DMG_8552.rev.1505160471.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2136"/>Theatre major <strong>Melvin Dillon ’06</strong> wrote, directed, designed and starred in his one–man show “Anchored.” The play follows a man who wakes up one day and re-evaluates his life.</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>
  • <h4 class="lw_blurbs_title">Theatrical Lighting</h4><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> Senior theatre major <strong>Lori Fleenor</strong> worked as assistant lighting director and assisted in set design for main stage productions at the Barter Theatre, including “Greater Tuna” and “Four Hearts and a Club.”</p></div>
  • <h4 class="lw_blurbs_title">Theatrical Administration</h4><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p><strong>Meredith Keyse</strong>, a theatre and business management double-major, put both disciplines into action interning at the Barter Theatre. Keyse researched future productions for actors and also coordinated marketing plans for a playwrights’ festival and for developing a literary companion for the theater’s matinee program</p></div>