The BA in Theatre promotes a broad array of coursework with a flexible approach to specialization for a more comprehensive and well-rounded education in theatre studies.
Perfect for students with interests in more than one area of theatre training, the BA is particularly appropriate for young directors, stage managers, and dramaturgs. This degree plan balances analysis and creativity with the awareness of theatre's importance to society.
Some of the coursework available to students include:
Students are accepted to the Department of Theatre as Pre-Theatre students. In their first two years of study, students engage with foundational acting methods for building characters and for developing vocal and physical approaches to acting.
Students will also learn how design and technology function as a storytelling process and important aspect of the theatre event. As students develop their interests, faculty advisors assist in advanced coursework tailored to a student’s individual interests.
The Department of Theatre provides coursework in every area of theatre studies, including performance, musical theatre, directing, design and technology, dramaturgy, stage management, and theatre history.
There is one Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree available with this major.
The degree promotes a comprehensive education in theatre studies, with a tailored approach to developing an individual course of study according to a student's interests and career goals.
Students who graduate from the BA Theatre degree are problem-solvers and collaborators, and go on to professional success in the entertainment industries and in an array of other professional settings.
Current graduates work as freelance and company stage managers, directors, entrepreneurs, actors, fight choreographers, grant writers, teachers, and public relations specialists.
This course teaches the foundational skills required by all designers, and emphasizes how to communicate visual ideas to theatre-makers, including color theory, research, collaboration, drafting, and model building.
These courses provide students with foundational and advanced skills for analyzing a play text, collaborating with actors and designers, and staging methods.
Building upon the foundational skills of our introductory acting course, this class promotes honesty and authenticity in character-building, and offers methods for promoting instinctive awareness through the popular "Meisner" technique.
This course provides a survey of modern and contemporary theatre trends, and makes use of the reading of exemplary plays to examine broader questions into aesthetics and the social impact of theatre.
Department Chair and Associate Professor
Favorite Course: THE 492: Studies in Dramatic Literature. This small-group reading group is dedicated to the deep comprehension of an individual dramatic genre or movement.
Expertise: Modern drama and trends in contemporary theatre; Medieval and early modern theatre
Professor, Head of Directing
Favorite Course: THE 320: Fundamentals of Directing. This course introduces students to both the conceptual framework of directing and the practical application of directing tools in two scenes students direct during the semester.
Expertise: Lou has been a guest director for more than 50 productions at numerous professional theatres and universities throughout the country.
Assistant Professor, Head of Costuming
Favorite Course: THE 304: Stage Makeup is awesome! Students play with makeup and discover what it means to be a performer and a designer, to bring characters to life.
Expertise: Costume design, mask-making and costume technology
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Southern Miss undergraduate degrees are available online, at the Hattiesburg campus, at the Gulf Park campus, and/or through a hybrid delivery that includes both online and on-campus courses.
All courses listed in the degree plan are available online. A student would not have to take a face-to-face course to complete this degree.
50 percent or more of the degree plan’s courses in Major Area of Study Requirements AND 50 percent or more of courses in Curriculum Requirement are available online. Remaining courses are face-to-face at the Hattiesburg or Gulf Park campus, as noted.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Hattiesburg campus.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.