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.
Acting for stage or film
Directing for the stage
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.
Charles M. Reese, MFA
Assistant Professor of Theater; Artist In Residence
Class of 2013
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