Samford's Department of Theatre and Dance offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre for Youth (TY). Approved by NAST, the BFA in Theatre for Youth provides students with comprehensive training experience including academics, studio training, performance opportunities, and outreach. According to Laura Byland, Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance, Samford University is uniquely positioned for success with this new degree. “As one of the only Christian universities in the country to offer this degree, we will be able to help students integrate their passion for theatre with their calling to work with young people.”
As part of the theatre and dance experience at Samford, School of the Arts students share an innovative curriculum, Catalyst, which is designed for the next generation of artists. The new course structure provides a collaborative and multi-disciplinary environment for students to prepare for today's job market while developing skills to fulfill meaningful vocations. The program culminates in an immersive senior Catalyst project, providing a professional-level experience.
- MFA in Theatre for Youth
- MA in Drama Therapy
- MA in Creative Arts Therapy
- MS in Education
Professional Children’s Theatre
- Professional performance
- Fellowships/internships in acting, directing, assistant directing, teaching
- Resident teaching artists: acting, musical theatre, playwriting
- Arts Administration
- Artistic Director
- Education Director
- Assistant Education Director
- Community Engagement director/coordinator/assistant
- Internships in performance, assistant directing, teaching
- Education Director
- Teaching artist: acting, musical theatre, directing,playwriting, camp coordinator
- Registered Drama Therapist
- Registered Creative Arts Therapist
- Registered Expressive Arts Therapist
- College Theatre for Youth Professor
- K-12 Drama Teacher
- Youth Drama ministry
- Camp Ministry
- Education Director of Camp Ministry
- Playwright, director, actor
Hope and Light: Indonesia 2018
In January 2018, a small group of Theatre, Theatre for Youth and Education students traveled with two advisors to Jakarta, Indonesia to be hosted by the Pelita Harapan Yayasan. This is a network of Christian schools and universities the Westmoreland’s have been associated with for over twenty years. This organization is made up of energetic Christians, who use education and health care to meet the needs of their country.
As theatre artists we were seeking the intersection of faith and art, as we worked with the Samford Education majors to bring creative storytelling to life and support ESL in the classroom. In addition, this cross-cultural art experience afforded the Samford Theatre students opportunity to present seven performances in a variety of chapel services at several schools. In addition, the Theatre students assisted the Education majors with ESL activity, and engaged with village children in active drama game playing.
Additionally, theatre for youth students have performed for The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, Alabama Baptist Children's Home, King's Home, local Elementary Schools and Unless U, a program for adults with special needs.
- Ella Enchanted, The Musical
- The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
- How I Became a Pirate
- Sleeping Beauty
- The Jungle Book
- Wake-up, Brother Bear
- The B.F.G.
- The Wind in the Willows