Theatre - Performance

Together as artists, we explore new ways of thinking, new forms of physical/visual presentation, and new scripts. If performing or directing is your area of interest, our artist-teachers will guide you to hone your craft and build the knowledge you need - both inside and outside the classroom. The opportunities are endless, beginning with the first auditions of your first year.


The B.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Performance requires a minimum of 57 credit hours, inlcuding foundational courses and advanced performance focused classes. The curriculum provides specific training in acting, voice, movement, and directing. A total of 120 credits are required for the degree.

Many of our professors are internationally acclaimed artists in their own disciplines. They have created work all over the world and are eager to bring their discoveries and connections back to their students. We are proud of our low student-to-faculty ratio and the tight knit environment it creates.

Workshop productions and a myriad of performance opportunities allow for your education to thrive outside of the classroom. Our students also learn from notable guest artists who teach classes, conduct classes, and work on our productions with us. Students are encouraged to get involved with absolutely everything, from the beginning of your first semester on campus.

A Student's Thoughts

"I entered this department as a freshman who only wanted to be a performer. I'm now entering my junior year, not only more confident in my abilities as an actress, but as an artist over-all. This department has encouraged me to discover and pursue my passions in all aspects of my craft. I am no longer just an actress, but a theatre maker."

- Sanam Hashemi '16

After Graduation

These are but a sampling of recent graduates and where they go with their Theatre degree.

Coryn Carson ('13) began her summer by successfully walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain. She now works with Samuel French, Inc. in New York City.
Julia Katz ('13) directed a show for the Washington, D.C. Fringe Festival, and is working as an editor for a Research Support Program at the Virginia Tech Research Center.
Dakota Oher ('12) lives in New York City, pursuing work as a free lance actor.
Noah Downs ('12) is a law student at University of Richmond and outreach coordinator at Agecroft Hall.
Sara Bailey ('11) is the Program Manager for the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech.

To learn more, either Greg Justice, undergraduate coordinator, or Susanna Rinehart, faculty chair, will be happy to talk with you. Both are members of our performance faculty.

Contact Greg Justice

Contact Susanna Rinehart

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