Speech and Theatre Education
About the Program
This program is for those students wishing to obtain certification in secondary Speech and Theatre Education. Students receive exemplary classroom experiences through the theatre, communication and education departments. An organized course of study is key to our students’ success and currently, all Speech/Theatre Education majors graduate within four years. Students get hands-on, experiential learning in all areas, have the opportunity for travel study and participate in theatre production work each semester.
What Makes the Program Distinctive?
Students perform in productions as early as their first semester. You may audition for and earn scholarships to study or participate in mainstage theatre. We produce four mainstage productions including one musical and multiple student-directed one act plays each year. Students may design, manage, or dramaturg mainstage productions. Each year students work with a professional actor in the annual Guest Artist Production and take master classes taught by professionals. We have work-study in scene, costume, lighting, sound and internships at summer theatres are available.
Beyond the Classroom
Student Run Clubs: Theta Alpha Phi – Theatre Honors Fraternity
Honor Societies: Theta Alpha Phi, Lambda Pi Eta
Professional Experiences: All Speech/Theatre Education students do many classroom observations over their studies and will student teach their final semester.
Travel Study Courses: Applied Theatre Theories, Fine Arts International Travel Study, Theatre Travel Lab
Service Learning: Theatre productions, Children’s Theatre production, and theatrical outreach are a part of the theatre curriculum.
Creative Expression: The theatre program offers four mainstage productions per academic year including at least one musical and one Guest Artist Production as well as a number of student-directed one act productions in the December 3-week. Students are also invited to participate in Opera Workshop and the College’s many music ensembles in both instrumental and vocal music.
Awards and Recognition: Our department and faculty are regularly recognized for their work by the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival. Students have been recognized for their outstanding work in the areas of design, acting, directing and stage management.
All program graduates are either teaching at the secondary level, working in the educational field, or pursuing graduate work.
AT A GLANCE
Can you minor in this program?
Emphasis within the major:
Students can focus on performance/directing or design within the major in upper-level courses.
Popular second major:
Students are encouraged to complete endorsement requirements in secondary areas. Many students also complete a BA in English, but any other Bachelors area is suitable and marketable for the BSE in Speech and Theatre Education.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Haidee Heaton
Professor of Theatre
Chair, Department of Theatre