The Samford University Department of Theatre and Dance is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre. We aspire to be a leader in undergraduate theatre and dance education with a commitment to the artist as a community partner and contributor. At the core of the department’s mission is a commitment to character, ethics, and artistic excellence. Specifically, the department’s mission is to nurture persons by developing artistic skills, knowledge, and understanding appropriate to their academic development, vocational objectives and personal needs, within the framework of curricula and cocurricular activities provided at this institution, and to contribute to the fulfillment of the broader mission of the University.
The Department enacts its mission through the BA and BFA degrees. In the Bachelor of Arts Theatre degree, training is accomplished by practical and lecture/lab classroom experiences that prepare the student in the specific curricula for a Directing/Acting track, a technical/design track and a general theatre studies track.
Theatre students are required to complete oral examinations each spring semester covering the prescribed reading list. Students will also display a current portfolio at the end of the spring semester and upon approval will be advanced to the next level courses.
The department also offers minors in dance and theatre and, in cooperation with the Department of Art and the Division of Music, offers an interdisciplinary minor in the arts. In cooperation with the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, the department also offers a minor in film production.
In addition to the course and laboratory work the department provides a valuable cultural component to the broader campus and Birmingham community. Our work includes main-stage theatre productions, experimental plays, workshops, visiting artists, and sponsorship of many theatre productions. Students seeking admission to either the BA in theatre degree program must arrange for an audition and interview.
Samford University theatre majors find their degrees are respected by a wide range of potential employers. Theatre majors are creative individuals with a broad range of problem-solving and communication skills. Our students have become professional actors and actresses, teachers, nurses, photographers, choreographers, managers of theatre companies and graduate students at schools such as New York University, Columbia University, Louisiana State University, University of Georgia and University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Career opportunities are endless because of the practical experience gained through working in the theatre and the liberal arts curriculum offered by Samford University.
The mission of Samford University is to nurture persons in their development of intellect, creativity, faith, and personhood. As a Christian university, the community fosters academic, career, and ethical competency while encouraging social and civic responsibility, and service to others.
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Many Samford theatre students spend a semester at Daniel House, the university's Victorian home in London's legendary West End. Discussions of theatre history, costume history and contemporary drama come alive in this theatre capital of the world. Students become more universally aware, more prepared for a career in the theatre and they gain many invaluable experiences.
Samford students may also go to London for a January term course, which covers a wide range of subjects from all areas of the university. A student could fulfill a general education requirement while in London during Jan Term as well as a theatre requirement.
Students should first apply for general admission to Samford through the Office of Admission before completing one of the following forms related to fall 2015 enrollment.
Application Timeline & Sample Audition/Interview Schedule
Students majoring in theatre & dance are required to audition for admission to the School of the Arts. On-campus auditions are strongly encouraged; our tentative dates for audition and interview weekend dates for students seeking fall 2015 enrollment are Nov. 14–15, Feb. 6–7, and Feb. 27–28. An e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org will be sent to confirm your requested audition/interview weekend within five business days of the receipt of your music or theatre application. Students with exceptional circumstances may request to submit a DVD audition or schedule an individual audition; please contact the arts enrollment assistant at email@example.com to discuss these options.
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