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Program Overview

Program Overview

Whether it's your love for theatre, professional ambition, or calling to teach that has brought you here, we will guide you into becoming a well-rounded theatre practitioner committed to artistic and academic excellence. After all, our world needs smart artists. So we start with foundational instruction on all theatrical aspects that streamline into more specific courses each year. You'll have the chance to take part in departmental productions and in the Nashville theatre scene, too. Our professional faculty will connect you to outside opportunities. You'll build community in our tight-knit department, where support from the relationships you gain here will keep strengthening your career even after graduation day.

Learn about the audition process for our BFA degrees in the Admissions Requirements tab above.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Students must audition and interview for admittance into the BFA program and maintain a 2.5 GPA.
BA students are not required to audition/interview.

BFA Musical Theatre Auditions:
Please prepare 16 bars of a Broadway style song and a 60-second monologue that showcases your abilities as a performer. We recommend a contemporary monologue (not from a musical) in a character close to you in age range. Please bring your sheet music marked and ready for the accompanist. Dance call for musical theatre applicants is 9:00 am on the date listed. Remember to bring four copies of your headshot and resume with you. Please affix your resume to the back of your headshot. 

BFA Acting Auditions:
Please prepare two contrasting, 60-second monologues (not from musicals, please). We recommend that you select characters close to you in age range. No vocal audition or dance call will be required for this audition. Remember to bring four copies of your headshot and resume with you. Please affix your resume to the back of your headshot.

BFA Design/Directing Interviews:
Please prepare a portfolio and four copies of your resume. Email to sign up for a time or to ask questions about the audition/interview process. We would love to see any work representative of your design and/or directing experience, including (but not required) research, script analysis, renderings, and/or photos of the work.


To schedule an audition, please fill out this form, and/or contact Nat McIntyre at Our upcoming audition dates are:

  • February 2, 2019 - Presidential weekend
  • March 2, 2019 - Purple and Gold weekend #1
  • March 30, 2019 - Purple and Gold weekend #2

NOTE: Dance call for Musical Theatre majors will be at 9:00 am each audition date. Also, if you are in town for any of the show weekends, please email for prospective student tickets.

Audition Interest





Theatre Scholarships

Theatre scholarships are offered as a one-year scholarship to BFA candidates. Your audition for acceptance to the BFA program of your choice (Musical Theatre, Acting, Directing, Design) is also your scholarship audition.

There are opportunities for scholarships for upperclassmen in the theatre department. These are applied for in the spring of each year, and are considered work scholarships in the department. Workstudy positions are also available.

All offered scholarships must be confirmed and accepted before April 15, 2019, or they will be offered to the next candidate. Click on one of the audition dates below to fill out a request to be seen form.


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Study abroad

See the world — whether it’s Italy, Austria, Costa Rica, England or another country. Career opportunities will open for you as you sharpen your foreign language skills. Gain the international experience and cross-cultural communication skills you’ll need in our global economy.

Job placement

With a top-tier university education on your resume, you’ll be in high demand, whether you choose to launch your career or begin graduate school. Most of our programs have a placement rate of at least 90 percent within six months of graduation.

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.


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Our Faculty

  • Nat McIntyre

    Nat McIntyre

    Assistant Professor of Theatre

    Nat McIntyre grew up in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and received his B.A. from Eastern Nazarene College in Boston. Immediately following graduation, McIntyre spent a year running a theater program, youth...

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  • Beki Baker

    Beki Baker

    Chair, Theater

    Beki Baker's professional directing credits include "Julius Caesar" (starring Eddie George), "Shakespeare's Case", and "Love Labor's Lost" (AD) for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, where she served as Education Director from...

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  • Andy Bleiler

    Andy Bleiler

    Assistant Professor of Theatre

    Andy Bleiler is a passionate arts educator whose career has spanned over thirty years as a teacher, designer, technician, director, and performer. He moved to Tennessee with his family from...

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  • Kari Smith

    Kari Smith


    Kari Cherie Smith, a native of Nashville, has enjoyed teaching theatre and dance for over 18 years in the Middle Tennessee area. With a background in performance, dance, directing, education...

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Career Paths


Actors express ideas and portray characters in theater, film, television, and other performing arts media. They interpret a writer’s script to entertain or inform an audience.

Producers and Directors

Producers and directors create motion pictures, television shows, live theater, commercials, and other performing arts productions. They interpret a writer’s script to entertain or inform an audience.

Set and exhibit designers

Design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.