About Our Program
At Tabor College Theatre, we believe in building and fostering a community of artist-scholars who are passionate about using their vocational calling to make compassionate and informed differences in the world. Theatre students receive extensive mentorship from faculty who are nationally-recognized professionals in their fields. The production process is integrated with classroom and studio work, emphasizing hands-on learning that is built on solid theoretical understanding and contextual knowledge. Theatre majors, minors, and scholarship holders are encouraged over the course of their study to discover their calling by diving into a broad range of performance areas, whether on stage or behind the scenes, and, then, deepen their specific interest through tailored, student-led projects, production experiences, and individualized study. Our small faculty-to-student ratio allows students to have the kind of individual attention, time, and hands-on experience often reserved for students in graduate programs. At Tabor Theatre, you are simply not another face in the crowd. You belong.
Programs of Study
Theatre Major (42-43 Hours)
The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre degree at Tabor College is an ideal degree program for students seeking a diverse and Christ-centered liberal arts education while receiving a thorough grounding in theatre practice, theory, and history. Students in the Theatre BA program encounter a curriculum that includes core courses in acting, theatre history, directing, technical theatre, dramatic literature, and musical theatre. Additional electives in these core areas allow students to focus on one concentration or study all of them. Please note that these focuses are not additional certificates or degree programs.
Theatre Minor (15-19 Hours)
The Theatre minor is ideal for students seeking to bolster their academic degree with a less time-intensive study of theatre.
Scholarships are available for students interested in performance, technical theatre, or other aspects of production. These scholarships are awarded based on previous experience, potential to contribute, and commitment to ongoing involvement. The application process includes an audition (for performers) or interview (for designers/technicians/managers). Application guidelines and online form can be found here:
What can I do with a degree in theatre?
Our student-to-faculty ratio allows flexibility and a tailored experience. For some students, a profession on stage or behind the scenes is the goal. Others see theatre study as an enhancement to their education in other fields, helping them grow skills like confidence, public speaking, leadership, interpersonal relationships, and creative problem-solving. Some are interested in graduate study. Our productions operate with professional standards to offer a top-notch college theatre experience and prepare students for the demands of a career.
- Arts Educator
- Lighting Designer
- Costume Designer
- Set Designer
- Technical Director
- Sound/Lighting Technician
- Worship Leader
- Stage Manager
- Performer: screen or live acting, voice-over, etc.
Why Theatre at Tabor?
- Class sizes and incoming cohorts are small which afford students a wide variety of performance and design opportunities.
- Faculty are award-winning professionals in their fields who maintain professional directing careers, research agendas, and performance careers.
- Seniors complete a senior capstone project with the potential for departmental funding.
- Student directors have the ability to direct a show in the Performing Arts Season pending proposal acceptance of their Senior Capstone.
- Students are taught a variety of current and exciting methodologies including Fitzmaurice Voicework ®, Viewpoints, Gister Method, SuperScenes, Knight- Thompson and Paul Meier Speech and Dialect work, and Stanislavski.
- Each year, students can participate in 3-4 faculty-directed shows including at least one musical, 1-2 student-directed productions, one-acts, workshops, and masterclasses.
- Students have the opportunity to be involved in up to four ensembles outside of theatre including, but not limited to: choral ensembles, instrumental ensembles, and contemporary Christian music ensembles.
- Students have the ability to double major and minor outside of theatre.
- Generous scholarship awards are routinely awarded to qualified applicants interested in majoring and participating in theatre.
- Theatre students are able to apply for Tabor’s Hope Scholars Program and departmental funding for financial assistance to facilitate their attendance at theatre conferences and competitions.
- Alumni have gone on to graduate schools both in the U.S. and the U.K. and have pursued performance and design careers across the country.