Theatre at South Carolina

All the world’s a stage, we are not merely players. Our students learn to write, research, manage, design and direct as well as act. Here, you will hone your talents and apply them.

What to Expect

In this major, you will be required to actively participate in productions (we plan up to six plays per semester). You will have access to outstanding facilities including two on-campus venues, featuring an arena stage and a proscenium stage, as well as our Black Box laboratory where you can perform experimental works.

You will also benefit from an active guest artist program, which brings in professional directors, actors and designers from all over the world to work with students. In addition to specific training and skills learned in acting, design and technical skills, our students gain skills in collaboration, teamwork, creative problem-solving, communication and leadership. You will enjoy small classes for technique courses so you can benefit from one-on-one training with faculty. Outside of the classroom, you will work directly with faculty as a part of the training for main-stage and laboratory rehearsal and performance.

 

Undergraduate Degree

B B.A. in Theatre

The Department of Theatre and Dance offers a bachelor's degree with a major in theatre, one of a select group of nationally recognized programs accredited by both the National Association of Schools of Theatre and the University of Resident Theatre Association. You can choose to emphasize in areas of performance, design, dramaturgy or directing.

The following courses fulfill some of the requirements for a major in theatre:

  • Introduction to Theatre Studies
  • Beginning Acting
  • Introductory Theatre Design
  • History of the Theatre I and II
  • Play Direction
  • Theatre Production Laboratory I-IV

Some additional unique and interesting courses offered by the major include:

  • Movement for the Actor
  • Film and Television Acting
  • Make-up Design for Theatre and Film
  • Period Styles for Wig and Hair Design
  • Introduction to Theatre Sound Design
  • Dramaturgy

We also offers 12 hours of electives that allows you to design your own program of study. On average, there is a 5-to-1 student-faculty ratio in major-specific courses.

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.

 

Graduate Degrees

The department of theatre and dance is the only program in South Carolina that offers a Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre, the highest degree possible in the fields of design and performance. We also offer the Master of Arts in Theatre and the Master of Arts in Teaching Theatre.

M  M.A. in Theatre

Graduate Director: Amy Lehman, (803) 777-6352, LEHMANA@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact: Gabrielle Peterson, (803) 777-5208, gpeterson@sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School

M  Master of Arts in Teaching – Theatre (M.A.T.)

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School

M  Master of Fine Arts in Theatre (M.F.A.)

Graduate Director: Amy Lehman, (803) 777-6352, LEHMANA@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact: Gabrielle Peterson, (803) 777-5208, gpeterson@sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School

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