Theatre

All Majors


Overview

Shakespeare once said "all the world's a stage," and the theatre major at Bryan College is designed to take advantage of that dramatic philosophy. 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.

On a broader front, equipping Christians to compete in and influence the dramatic arts is a way to more generally influence today's culture. For years, Christians abdicated their influence in the arts. It's time to start taking back some of that territory. We feel very strongly that we need to have a powerful influence in society. We want to be part of the equipping process.

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Brief excerpt from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
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. Variety is important to broaden our cultural awareness, to help us know we are tied directly to the past as a culture. A good way to do this is through performance.

While the quality of the program depends on the quality of instruction, quality also is demonstrated by the type of students involved. We look for enthusiasm about what a student wants to do, for a teachable spirit, someone who can see the big picture, who is not so tunnel-visioned that they say, 'this is what I want to do and nothing else,' someone who can see how it all fits together.

The most important thing is a commitment to be excellent for Christ, someone who desires to be the best with the talent God has given.
 


A Scene from Steel Magnolias

 

Potential Jobs

  • Arts Coordinator
  • Arts and Theatre education director
  • Standup comic
  • Film and Television Actor
  • Professional Stage Actor
  • Tour Guide and Host
  • More »

Graduate Schools

  • Regent University
  • The School for Film and Television
  • Middle Tennessee State University

Minor

Sampling of Classes

  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Elizabethan Theatre
  • Dramatic Literature and Criticism
  • Stagecraft
  • Costume and Makeup
  • Musical Theatre
  • Scene Study

Faculty