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The show's about to start, and the collar for a priest costume is missing! The crew of Doubt, a Parable is hustling, trying to find a new collar and get other things ready for the night's dress rehearsal! Meanwhile, theatre department students and staff just returned from performing the musical Barnum at a regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Georgia. Before the curtain rises for the night's dress rehearsal, AU profs, students and staff pull together, find a priest's collar and share their art with the packed theatre. Such collaborative muscle is crucial in theatre and the hallmark of studying at the South Carolina School of the Arts.

AU's School of the Arts offers four academic programs in theatre and a fifth theatre education program in conjunction with Anderson University's College of Education. In our new Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre program, you'll study piano and eight semesters of voice in addition to your acting and audition classes. The theatre department also offers a BA in theatre with concentrations in acting/directing, dance and theatrical design. If you're interested in becoming a certified teacher, you can study in both AU's College of Education and the School of the Arts to earn a BA in Secondary English Education with an add-on certification in theatre.


  • BFA in Musical Theatre
  • BA in Theatre – Acting/Directing Concentration
  • BA in Theatre – Dance Concentration
  • BA in Theatre – Theatrical Design Concentration
  • BA in Secondary English Education with add-on certification in theatre

In the School of the Arts theatre curriculum, which includes six acting classes and two audition classes, you'll learn to perform in an array of genres, from Greek and Moliere to Shakespeare and 1930s theatre. Our concentrated performance schedule includes four main-stage productions each year, one of which is Broadway-style musical. These productions, known as the AU Playhouse, dovetails with the theatre curriculum and gives you practical experience in performance, stage-management and technical theatre. And the department's involvement with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and the Southeastern Theatre Conference will enable you to practice your skills beyond the university and AU Playhouse audiences.

Join us, and in addition to receiving the expertise of our theatre faculty, you'll become part of a rare community of Christian artists who seek to honor God with their talents and strive to pursue in His light over the limelight. Rehearsals in our department regularly begin with devotions, and each curtain call ends with visible acknowledgment of the Creator. Along with a strong sense of Christian purpose, our graduates can expect to be competitive in acting, technical design, dance—and in the case of our musical theatre program—singing. AU theatre graduates have landed acting jobs in nationally touring—and New York-based shows. Others work as stage managers, production assistants, theatre apprentices, and drama teachers. Recent theatre grads also are pursing MFAs in theatre.

For more information about theatre at the South Carolina School of the Arts contact us at or (800) 542-3594.

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