UCA Theatre engages the student in diverse experiences that emphasize artistic process, self-evaluation, and the connection of academic rigor to realized production.
UCA Theatre Philosophy
The UCA Theatre program is rooted in the liberal arts tradition. Theatre students are at their best when they understand the theoretical, historical, and practical elements of theatre. It is equally essential that students grasp the historical and social traditions that created and continue to sustain theatre as an art form.
Our production program is co-curricular, providing a creative forum where theories taught in the classroom can be applied. Although acting and production experiences are open to all UCA students, Theatre majors and minors are given preference whenever possible.
The faculty of the UCA Theatre program promotes excellence in the classroom and on the stage. Upper division students are given the opportunity to direct, stage manage, dramaturg, or take the lead in scenic, costume, lighting, sound, properties, or makeup design for productions on a regular basis.
UCA Theatre is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre. This accreditation assures students and parents that the UCA Theatre program meets professional standards of quality in Theatre education and training as set forth by the Association.
UCA Theatre Financial Opportunities
Each semester the theatre program awards a limited number of performance scholarships. These scholarships vary in amount and are awarded to students who have the potential to contribute leadership to our production program by filling staff positions as performers, technicians, and production assistants. Scholarships are available to all theatre majors and minors who meet academic qualifications and are renewable on a semester to semester basis.
There are a number of paid staff positions available in scenery, lights, costumes, props, and theatre management. Some of these positions are available through the Federal Work Study program. UCA Theatre also has a limited number of paid staff positions for skilled workers regardless of their eligibility for financial aid. Students interested in these positions should contact the Director of Theatre to apply.