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.
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.
- Acting for stage or film
- Directing for the stage
- Stage management
- Stage carpenter
- 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
- Wells College (Ithaca, New York), Technical Director
- Bluegate Theatre (Indiana), Company Manager
Graduate Schools Attended
- University of New Orleans, MFA
- University of Missouri, Kansas City, MFA
- Regent University, MA
Many students enjoy theatre but do not want to perform or rely solely on performance opportunities for income. The Theatre major can also include teacher licensure for Virginia schools. This program track allows for a career choice in teaching theatre from pre-kindergarten through the twelfth grade. It embodies understanding the knowledge, skills, and processes of the theatre arts discipline as defined in the Virginia Standards of Learning and how these provide a necessary foundation integral to teaching theatre arts. Bluefield College is granted Accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). This accreditation certifies that the Bluefield College professional education program adheres to TEAC’s quality principles.
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.
Charles M. Reese, MFA
Assistant Professor of Theater; Artist In Residence
Class of 2013
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