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Theatre at AU

Theatre at AU

We are a dynamic, faith-based theatre program serious about our calling in the arts.

Anderson University offers professional theatre training in the context of a rigorous but caring environment. The department has one of very few musical theatre programs where Christian faith is celebrated. Students take classes in acting, voice, dance, period/style, auditions and technical theatre so that they can be competitive in all areas of the field. We produce four main-stage productions per year including a Broadway-style musical, and a freshman and senior showcase. Students are also eligible to participate in two yearly gala events and several choirs sponsored by the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Our beautiful campus is located in Anderson, South Carolina, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, about two hours northeast of Atlanta and two hours southwest of Charlotte.

Our theatre degrees include:

  • B.F.A. in Musical Theatre
  • B.A. in Theatre - Acting/Directing Concentration
  • B.A. in Theatre – Dance Concentration
  • B.A. in Theatre – Design Concentration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English Education (9-12) with Add-on Certification in Theatre

There are five facilities used by theatre students, including the intimate and flexible Belk Theatre, the grand Henderson auditorium, the acoustic Daniel Recital Hall, the historic Merritt Theatre, and the Hunt Chapel.


The program, while offering many of the same courses as a conservatory, is intentionally based in the liberal arts for an accredited and well-rounded educational experience. The theatre curriculum works hand-in-hand with the AU Playhouse to offer students practical experience in performance, stage-management and technical theatre.

The Department actively participates in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and the Southeastern Theatre Conference and has had significant success in both. This past February, we were invited to bring the musical Barnum to the Southeast regional festival (Region IV) of KCACTF. Our graduates have continued to further their education at the master's degree level and to pursue vibrant careers in theatre or related fields such as education, ministry and marketing.

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