Theatre Major Overview

The Bluefield College theatre major prepares theatre artists for a career in either the professional or academic theatre world.  Students take a core of theatre courses that cover the essentials of acting, directing, stagecraft, theatre history and dramatic literature.  Students also have the opportunity to take additional theatre electives in design, advanced acting, stage makeup and other more specialized theatre topics.  The program places great emphasis on performance/production.  All theatre majors are expected to participate in the five theatre productions presented by the department each year.  A graduate from the Bluefield College Theatre Program will have a grounding in both the academic and performance aspects of theatre study.

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Theatre Major Internships

Internships are not common in the theatre world. Typically young theatre artists work in short term employment opportunities like summer stock or limited engagements for professional theatre companies. Theatre students at Bluefield College have held such positions as actors or stage technicians with the following companies.

Theatre West Virginia

Alabama Shakespeare Festival

Trumpet in the Land Outdoor Drama

Wolfahrt House Dinner Theatre

Mount Washington Valley Theatre Company

Theatre Major Outcomes

Theatre is a universal art form that crosses traditional boundaries of language and culture. The theatre major at Bluefield College prepares students with a thorough grounding in the literature, history, theories, and performance techniques of the theatre. Graduates of the theatre major at Bluefield College are encouraged to further their studies through graduate study for an MA/PhD or MFA.

Career Opportunities

Acting for stage or film

Directing for the stage

Stage management

Stage carpenter

Costumer

Props master or mistress

Positions Held by Alumni

Theatre West Virginia, Actor

Utah Shakespeare Festival, Technical Director

Trumpet in the Land Outdoor Drama, Actor

Mt. Washington Valley Theatre Company, Master Carpenter

Graduate Schools Attended

University of New Orleans, MFA

University of Missouri, Kansas City, MFA

Regent University, MA

Clubs and Organizations

The theatrical performance aspect of our degree is such that students find most of their extra-curricular activity taken up by rehearsal. With a few breaks during the course of the semester, we are in rehearsal regularly throughout the academic year. As a result the theatre department is one of the closest, most "family-like" departments on campus.

Contact Information

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Charles M. Reese, MFA

Assistant Professor of Theater; Artist In Residence

(276)326.4244

 

 

 

 

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