The degree to which this department's professors care for each student and how they grow as artists, in addition to their commitment to the craft, is astounding."Kenzy Forman, sophomore
You will find the atmosphere of our program welcoming, engaging, and constructive. Your education is the most important thing we do.
You can work on your first show or project in your first semester. No need to wait. Everyone is encouraged to be a part of the work from the beginning—on stage, in the shops, or behind the camera.
You will be part of a dynamic group of people who are passionate about making art.
The theatre program has a long investment in theatre study abroad at the university's center in Riva and in the Mediterranean. Much of the work in Italy has centered around the Italian Renaissance theatre form commedia del arte, working with major Italian figures in the field. More recently, students have traveled to London in a joint program with English. All students are encouraged to experience study abroad.
Our award winning faculty of dedicated educators – many are internationally acclaimed artists in their own disciplines. They have created work in every corner of the globe and they bring their discoveries and connections back to Virginia Tech.
In addition to our resident faculty students work and study with important guest artists who collaborate with us on productions, give master classes, and teach full-length courses. Our guests have included actress Julia Stiles, composer Ben Neill, playwright Warren Leight, and filmmakers David Williams and Melissa Thompson.
Theatre and Cinema’s commitment to collaborative teaching and learning means that students learn by doing. Budding artists and scholars develop their talents through course work and numerous productions and film projects, along side faculty mentors. The pieces we create are our research laboratory.
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The diversity of our students is one of the things I love most. The range of talents, skills, and interests is always exciting.Greg Justice, Undergraduate Coordinator
After graduation, our alumni use their theatre and cinema skills in a variety of pursuits. Free lance actors, technicians, designers, cinematographers, and stage managers are the obvious. Some have started their own theatre companies. Others have used their theatre training as a base for an M.B.A. or law degree.
The skills of collaboration, of language and interpretation, and of timely commitment of energy and attention that you learn through theatre and cinema serve well for many endeavors.