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Coursework

Some of the courses you can expect to take as an theatre major may include:

  • Creative Dramatics for the Classroom Teacher
  • Acting
  • Advanced Design
  • Stage Management
Internship Opportunities

A variety of internship opportunities are available for theatre majors. In the past, students have found positions at:

  • Summer stocks (professional outdoor dramas) such as "Snow Camp" in North Carolina and "Tecumseh" in Ohio
  • Brevard Music Center
  • Hershey Park in Pennsylvania
  • Louisville Children's Theatre
  • The Virginia Shakespeare Festival
  • The Black Hills Playhouse in South Dakota
  • Lexington Children's Theatre

In addition to internships, students have plenty of opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the theatre department itself. Every year, the department performs up to four productions which allows students to gain experience in production and performance. All theatre majors are required to serve as stage manager for at least one major drama production and as chairperson at least once for each production crew (makeup, lighting, costumes, deck and house management). Students also have the opportunity to work backstage with Averett's Arts@Averett Series doing lights and sound.

Advanced students are offered the opportunity to conduct individual studies in the areas of acting, directing and design. These studies are tied to the theatre department's productions.

What could I do with this major?

An Averett graduate has the training necessary to work in a variety of careers in theatre including:

  • Professional theatre
  • Regional theatre
  • Outdoor drama
  • National tours
  • Theme parks
  • Live entertainment
  • Cruise ship entertainment

Students who are interested in pursuing an advanced degree are fully prepared for that as well. Graduates have pursued a master's degree in acting, directing, design and children's theatre at a number of colleges and universities including Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Virginia, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Western Illinois University.

What are recent graduates of this major doing?

Nicole Floyd '08, is working with Lexington Children's Theatre in Kentucky.

Christopher Manns '07, toured with the Children's Theatre Company of South Dakota throughout the United States.

Elizabeth Johnson '07
, worked with Carnival Cruise Line and is now working on an MFA degree at NC School of the Arts.

Chris Lamb '07
, and Matthew Doss '07, are touring with Theatre IV out of Richmond.

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