Our program gives its majors “a powerful tool for making a difference in the world.” That tool may be as specific as knowing how to stage a theatrical performance or as general as having a good grasp of the literary history which reflects the development of Western culture. It also gives individuals the skill to identify with and portray persons different than themselves. One of the key factors in lifestyle evangelism is identification and establishing relationships. It is inherent in the performing arts that we engage people unlike ourselves, people we might not otherwise be able to meet.
In the liberal arts model of Bryan College, the theatre major offers a broad exposure to the field. Students will act, work backstage, do costumes, lights, assistant direct and direct. Their senior project is to direct a one-act play (or be a part of a design team). You may find your niche and do more of that than something else, but you will do it all.
Bryan College attempts to choose plays over four years so that students and audience alike can experience a variety of styles of theatre – comedy, tragedy, drama, farce – from this century to Shakespeare and earlier.