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Theatre Arts (B.A.)

If you love the theatre and dream of a career as an actor, director, designer, technician, stage manager, dancer or teacher then a major in Theatre Arts at Henderson State University is for you.

The Program

From your first day on campus our program will provide abundant opportunities for you to gain the experience you need to claim your place in the American theatre scene.  HSU’s Theatre and Dance training is comprehensive, intense & student-driven.   

• Jump right in to perform and work in your freshman year. 

 Find numerous creative opportunities in 5 to 6 productions each year 

 Train for a career in acting, directing, design, technology, management, or dance 

 Prepare for graduate study or teaching 

 At HSU you will find challenging classes offering emphases in acting, dance, directing, design, technical theatre, management or theatre education.  The balance of rigorous classroom work and hands-on production training will give you the experience and skills you need to take that next step toward your dream. 

The Faculty

You will receive individualized, one-on-one instruction from our diverse, highly trained, and professionally active faculty whose passion is focused on you—the undergraduate student.  Guest artists also visit frequently providing intensive workshops on a variety of topics—dance lighting techniques, acting in Shakespeare, mask making, stage combat, African dance, Alexander Technique—you name it.

The Results

Your theatre and dance training at Henderson State University will prepare you for whatever stage comes next.   

You will find graduates of our program acting in New York and Los Angeles; working as lighting technicians, stage managers, designers, directors, & production managers in Pittsburgh, Chicago, Minneapolis, and New York; studying in some of the most respected graduate programs in the nation; and teaching in universities and high schools. 

Henderson State University Theatre and Dance—The dream starts here. 

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Passion, responsibility, efficiency, endurance, faith, respect... These are just some of the many traits I was lucky enough to find and experience during my time at Henderson. Characteristics that I not only display but will pass on through the many skills I adapted and improved upon through my studies.

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Lindsey GordonBachelor of Arts - Mass Media, 2011
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