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Theatre Arts

If you are interested in a career in any aspect of theatre, a Cumberlands theatre arts major can provide you with a strong general foundation, including a fundamental understanding and appreciation of theatre performance, history, literature, design and technology.

Two annual productions, performed in the state-of-the-art Kohn Theatre, offer students hands-on educational opportunities within a variety of performance and dramatic styles. Students are involved in every aspect of production, limited only by individual time and commitment.

The academic program emphasizes both performance and technical aspects of theatre with courses in acting, stagecraft, scene/lighting design, makeup, and advanced acting. You can earn a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts or a minor in Theatre Arts. As a UC graduate in theatre arts, you will have the skills and experience to pursue graduate studies or a career in secondary education, technical theater or performance.

While the theatre program continues to grow in size and quality, it remains small enough for the well-trained and experienced faculty to care about the growth and training of each individual student.

What Can I Do With This Degree?

Our classes are structured to provide students with a strong foundation in key areas of theatre production:  performance, design, directing, and technical work. In the fall of 2011, we will offer classes in stage management and arts administration for students preparing for future careers in the expanding area of arts management. Whether you see yourself as an actor, a technician, or you haven’t decided yet, you will experience all areas of theatre here at UC. We offer a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree to prepare you for graduate school or entry level jobs in the area of your choice. 

Top Ten Reasons to Choose UC

one Perform in shows or work backstage no matter your class level—yes, even first-semester freshman get involved in the main stage productions.
two Practice teamwork and collaborative problem solving [sometimes while wearing funny hats or strange clothes].
three StageFest twice a year, the all-student designed, all-student directed, and all-student performed showcase.
four Earn lifetime membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the national theatre honor society.
five Meet new friends – when in production, your cast becomes another circle of friends. The members of the cast and crew work together, laugh together and are there for each other. This kind of bonding is necessary for strong productions, and this is something that the UC theatre community excels at.
six Work in the Kohn Theatre, a flexible space, black box—1 of only 3 theatres in the state of Kentucky with a suspension grid. Yes, we’ll take you up to walk on it.
seven Late night caffeine addicts will not be judged here.
eight Network with technical theatre professionals when you join the student chapter of USITT (the United States Institute of Theatre Technicians) and attend the annual conference held each spring.
nine Practice leadership and communication skills in the directing, stage management and arts administration classes.
ten Strengthen the talents you have; discover the talents you didn’t realize you have.