The ETBU Department of Theatre Arts is an active, professionally-geared program that seeks to provide opportunities that inspire, encourage, and challenge students to grow intellectually, artistically, and spiritually. Our production seasons are designed to offer students experience in varying literary genres, acting styles, and theatrical venues. Students are given multiple opportunities to participate as performers, designers, and/or technicians in our main stage productions and as directors in our student-led Discovery Series productions. Additionally, our classes challenge students to acquire, develop and master new skills; expand upon and draw connections across specific disciplines and history; and deepen their appreciation for the work that goes on behind the scenes as they prepare to enter the professional world and/or graduate school programs. Your interest in our department is warmly welcomed, whether as an artist, technician, or audience member.
Please use links to the left to learn more about auditions and scholarships, our curriculum, current and previous productions, our theatre faculty, and more.
Curious about our departmental views on Theatre and Christianity? Read our "Theatre Arts and Our Christian Worldview" statement here.
As always, the public is cordially invited to all Department of Theatre Arts performances.
In Spring 2015, Department Chair Traci Ledford was one of three bloggers chosen to participate in The Intersection, the official blog for the Center for Excellence in Christian Scholarship (CECS) at East Texas Baptist University. The CECS exists to promote engagement among Christian Scholars across all disciplines of academic study.
"We believe that our academic pursuits and Christian beliefs are not mutually exclusive; rather, we endeavor to examine our individual areas of scholarly research in light of our Christian faith for the edification of the ETBU campus community, thereby impacting the world around us. The Intersection supports that mission by providing an outlet for ongoing scholarly discourse examined through the lens of a Christian worldview."
All of Professor Ledford's blogs serve to educate those outside the world of theatre on what it means to be a theatre major at ETBU. Prospective students and their families may also find the information helpful.
Interested in a particular topic? Follow the links below.
1. The Value of Theatre
2. The Make-Believe Major (Part I)
3. The Make-Believe Major (Part II)
4. Everyone Is a Critic
5. How We Choose Our Season
7. The Power of Design
9. The Creative Process
11. "Just" a Technician (Part I)
12. "Just" a Technician (Part II)
13. Technical and Dress Rehearsals
14. Performance and Actor Training
15. Audience Etiquette