Program Overview

Theatre is perhaps the quintessential liberal art, taking from its subject matter from what it means to be human.

Theatre unites people and ideas through performance. Learn how to bring people together through an art form celebrated for its immediacy and distinctiveness.

Many people equate theatre with acting, but there's so much more. As a theatre student you will be able to direct, design, or write for the stage, opportunities that are often unavailable in large university settings.

An Agnes Scott theatre student listens in class.

What You'll Learn

Agnes Scott’s theatre curriculum integrates theory, history, and practice, including foundational training in acting, directing, dramatic writing, design, and culminates in a senior capstone project. You'll learn:

  • The foundations of the components of theatre and ways to use them
  • How to approach theatre as both a performing art and an academic discipline
  • Vital employment skills including leadership, communication, teamwork, organization, problem-solving, and strong work ethic

Program Highlights

Campus Involvement

Theatre at Agnes Scott provides the site for collaborations among students, faculty, staff, and guest artists. The student theatre troupe and oldest campus organization, Blackfriars, boasts a history with the program dating back to 1915. Productions are popular with the campus and local community and have included original works as well as classic plays and contemporary favorites. Winter Theatre also serves as the host for other events including the Agnes Scott Writers' Festival and aspects of the Spring Annual Research Conference (SpARC).

The City of Atlanta

Atlanta is home to a thriving arts community, providing students with many outlets as participants or members of an audience. In addition to dozens of theatres and performance companies, Atlanta has a booming presence in the film and television industry, currently shooting more feature films per year than California. While honing their theatrical artistry on campus, students may wish to put them to work and test career options.

Auditions and Internship Opportunities

All students are eligible for any acting role or crew assignment in Agnes Scott Theatre productions, providing valuable experience. We also maintain active partnerships with area theatres including Synchronicity Theatre and Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company, each offering workshops, internships and opportunities for production work. Working with department faculty students have secured internships at numerous Atlanta theatres, including Alliance Theatre Company, Dad’s Garage and Théâtre du Rêve, as well as regional companies in New York, Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

Meet the Faculty

Toby Emert

Gordon (Toby) Emert Jr.

Professor of Theatre

David S. Thompson

Annie Louise Harrison Waterman Professor of Theatre

Working in Theatre

A theatre degree prepares you for performance-based careers and much, much more.

Our graduates have worked in performance settings as actors, directors, designers, playwrights, screenwriters, stage managers and administrators. They have also become doctors, lawyers, teachers, fundraisers and entrepreneurs. A theatre degree not only prepares you for life onstage and backstage, it provides skills you can apply in any arena.

  • Actor
  • Director
  • Arts Administrator
  • Event Coordinator
  • Playwright/Screenwriter
  • Production Assistant

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