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Academics

Department of Theatre Arts

The Department of Theatre Arts is a professionally-geared program that provides opportunities for students to grow intellectually, artistically, and spiritually. The production seasons are designed to give students experience in varying literary genres and theatrical venues.

Students have opportunities to participate as performers, designers, and technicians in main stage productions and as directors in student-led Discovery Series productions. The department offers majors in Theatre Arts with concentrations in Design and Technical Theatre, Performance, and Theatre Arts Education. The Theatre Arts minor offers students the chance to explore the basics of acting, stagecraft, production, and directing.

The ETBU Theatre Department helps students develop skills needed to succeed in the world of professional and academic theatre through the study and production of a variety of theatrical works, the issues, relationships, and conflicts identified by the playwrights. The department prides itself on producing, studying, and participating in quality productions from a variety of classical, modern, and contemporary playwrights. Theatre, as an academic discipline, affects not only students and faculty but audience members and the community at-large.

Contact Information

Traci Ledford
Department Chair and Associate Professor of Theatre Arts
903.923.2292  |  tledford@etbu.edu

John Dement
Associate Professor of Theatre Arts
903.923.2156  |  jdement@etbu.edu

Samantha Pettigrew
Costume Designer and Costume Shop Manager
903.923.2161 | spettigrew@etbu.edu

Trace Craver
Technical Director
903.923.2160  |  tcraver@etbu.edu

Pam Purvis
Administrative Secretary, School of Communication and Performing Arts
903.923.2158  |  ppurvis@etbu.edu