Among artistic traditions, theater has a particularly rich and unbroken history; the same Shakespearean dramas that moved audiences in the 16th century still grip them today. Oglethorpe is a great place to take part in that tradition: inspired by our historic origins, we’re forging an exciting path into the future.
As a Theatre student at Oglethorpe, you’ll focus primarily on honing your skills in performance and directing. The curriculum also includes courses on stagecraft, theater history, Shakespeare, and dramatic literature… plus electives on topics like playwriting, feminist theater, and set design.
You’ll also be able to practice your craft in outstanding facilities: Oglethorpe’s state-of-the-art Conant Performing Arts Center includes seminar classrooms, two rehearsal rooms, a number of dressing rooms, storage for costumes and props, light and sound production facilities, a box office, and a scene shop. And of course, the Conant stage itself offers modified thrust configuration with vom and trap capacities and fly space, plus orchestra, mezzanine, and balcony seating for 511 patrons.
B.A. in Theatre
Minor in Theatre (TU)
For artistic types, the big city is definitely the place to be! Whether you want to intern, audition, or volunteer, or simply take in all the great plays you can, Atlanta’s thriving community theater scene offers opportunities galore.
- Oglethorpe boasts partnerships with three outstanding local theaters: Alliance Theatre, Horizon Theatre Company, and Capitol City Opera Company. Through these exciting partnerships, students will find additional opportunities to serve as teaching assistants for grade school-age students, appear on stage in polished productions at the Conant Performing Arts center, and complete internships on the business side with the Opera.
- Oglethorpe Theatre students have more excellent options for internships, including Actor’s Express Theatre Company, Alliance Theatre, Chattanooga Theatre Centre, Dad’s Garage Theatre Company, Essential Theatre, Georgia Shakespeare, Horizon Theatre, Music Circus Sacremento, Theatre du Reve, Theatrical Outfit, The Imperial OPA, the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse, Traveling Players, Trinity Shakespeare (Fort Worth, TX), and the Atlanta-based Turner Broadcasting System (TBS).
- Led by faculty and staffed by a talented crew of student actors, designers, and technicians, Oglethorpe University Theatre mounts five full productions each year… offering tons of helpful hands-on experience for each and every student.
- Join Alpha Psi Omega, Oglethorpe’s chapter of the National Theatre Honor Society. Open to high-achieving students in the dramatic arts, membership is a great way to enhance your undergraduate experience, and your resume.
- Learn from the insider knowledge and local expertise of Atlanta professionals, through instructive on-campus workshops on everything from the actor’s craft to the theater business, and more.
- If Shakespeare is your inspiration, Oglethorpe is a great place to learn. Along with the one-of-a-kind minor in Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies, there’s “Shakespeare at Oxford,” a summer study abroad experience that includes excursions to the Globe Theatre, Regents Park, and other premier venues throughout London and Oxford.
- Interested in acting for TV and film? Atlanta is an ideal spot to dip your toe into the movie business, as Hollywood has increasingly been finding Georgia the perfect spot to film big budget productions from “The Vampire Diaries” to “The Walking Dead.” Casting calls for extras abound.
Oglethorpe’s Theatre department produces graduates who revel in their creativity, communicate effectively with an audience, collaborate productively with a team, and think quickly on their feet: all great skills in many careers (think education, events planning, journalism, marketing, psychology, law, and more). So whether you choose to pursue your passion for the stage or put your talents to work in another field, a theater degree is great training for whatever lies ahead.
- Oglethorpe Theatre grads are working in professional theaters all over the region; others have landed local film and television jobs. Many are making big names for themselves, like Weston Manders ’12, voted as Best Actor in Atlanta by Creative Loafing in 2014; Kyle Brumley ’12, who was honored as one of 30 Under 30 Creative Atlantans by Arts ATL; Vince Pisani ’00, who’s appeared in a lengthy list of TV shows and films; and Jason Gabriel Dean ’03, a rising star in the playwriting world, who just received a prestigious fellowship from Princeton.