Theatre

The University of Central Arkansas Theatre major can provide you with the skills and experience you need to become a successful member of the theatre community. Our program provides students with a broad base of theatrical knowledge in the theoretical and practical elements of drama as well as the social and historical contexts, which have transformed and sustained theatre as an art form. We also promote active student involvement in all areas of production including acting, stage management, scenery and costume design/construction, lighting and sound design, props, and theatre management.

As a Theatre major at UCA, you’ll have access to all of the distinct academic benefits that make the UCA experience. Our degree is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre. Just a few of the advantages our program offers include:

  • Expert Faculty who are dedicated to their profession and invested in the success of their students. Instructors cultivate a supportive and accessible environment for their pupils and encourage collaboration among the broad spectrum of artists within the program. They also come from a variety of foundational backgrounds and provide diverse perspectives and experience both as mentors and co-artists.
  • Production Opportunities on campus and in the community are virtually limitless for UCA Theatre majors. Each year our program orchestrates at least two faculty-directed productions, one student-directed production, a 10-15 performance series of student-directed one act plays, and a touring children’s theatre show. Summer productions come from the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, the state’s only professional Shakespeare company, which is housed on our campus and employs UCA students to work side-by-side with professionals in performance, production, dramaturgy, and theatre management.
  • Performance Spaces as all of these productions are performed in our excellent facilities: the Bridges Larson Theatre – the primary performance space for UCA Theatre – which is fully equipped, holds a 300-seat proscenium stage, and adjoining shop areas for scenery and costume construction; the Reynolds Performance Hall – our 1200-seat, state-of-the-art theatre space – which is frequented by approximately 20 major companies of all entertainment types each year; and the Studio Theatre, a fully equipped “black box” space for intimate audience experiences.
  • Professional Development through work with well-known artists and designers who come to UCA to share their talents and experience in performances and student workshops. The UCA Public Appearances Series also schedules numerous touring companies throughout the year to bring concerts, dance companies, and theatrical troupes to Reynolds Performance Hall. Our students are actively involved with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, in which they present a full-length production that is judged and may continue on to compete at the regional and even national level. Students can also be nominated in the Irene Ryan Scholarship Competition for their body of work at UCA and if selected, perform at the festival and even continue to the national competition at the Kennedy Center. A variety of workshops are conducted during the week of the festival, featuring topics such as stage combat, auditioning, fundraising, and professional development.
  • Employment Possibilities for graduates from our program are as varied as their interests, including acting, directing, design (sets, costumes, make-up, lights, sound) and technical theatre, and stage management.

To learn more about the exciting opportunities for personal and professional development available to you through the Theatre major at the University of Central Arkansas, visit http://www.uca.edu/theatre/.