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A student production of Godspell

Department of Theatre

Bring stories to life on our stage.

Lipscomb University's Department of Theatre is a student-centered professional training program committed to preparing students for a career in theatre through excellent liberal arts education, rigorous artistic training, and faith-focused community. On our stages, you will join the next generation of artists cultivating the discipline and passion it takes to impact communities and make a difference. Discover how your talent and training can come together to guide you into a meaningful and influential artistic life. 

By learning from theatre faculty who are also trained professionals, you will become prepared for a number of successful careers in the industry. Collaborate with local professional theatre companies in Nashville’s vibrant and growing art scene. Experiment with techniques and artistic endeavors that will transform you as an artist. We believe that with a well-rounded, holistic education and a dash of grit, you will thrive in an arts career and enrich the world by bringing to light complex truths, global and local issues, and diverse viewpoints.

Live out your potential as a theatre artist who brings stories to life. Learn more about our program offerings, including our B.A. and B.F.A. degrees, at the button below. Please note that all degrees require an audition and/or interview. We look forward to getting to know you!

Degree Offerings & Audition Information

Department Distinctives

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Faith Intersecting Art

Central to our artistic work is the cornerstone of faith. We explore the intersection of faith and art through coursework, productions, community, and everyday life. Our department is committed to exploring the realities of the human experience through the lens of Christian faith. We do not pretend to have our faith figured out, but rather use art as a means to wrestle with our belief systems and practices. Ultimately, we use theatre as a means to better love our neighbor, ourselves, and God.

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Prof. Collaborations

Our department collaborates with local professional theatre companies including the Nashville Repertory Theatre, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Studio Tenn, Blackbird Theater Company, and more. These collaborations are integral to our identity and fundamental to our training. Students have the unique opportunity to work alongside professionals, either onstage or behind the scenes, as part of their undergraduate experience. This not only adds lines to their resumes, but also the opportunity to learn from professionals and also network for the future.

Film and Theatre

Film + Theatre

Theatre boasts a unique relationship with the Department of Film and Creative Media, which together make the School of Theatre and Cinematic Arts. With this intentional relationship, theatre students have special opportunities to develop film skills by participating in student films and class projects. Every year, theatre students perform in and create their own films for the university's Five-Minute Film Festival. We also offer courses focused on helping performance majors transition their theatre skills to screen acting.

An actor and actress dance together

Internships

Students are encouraged to participate in internships throughout the city and country. Our students have served at several prestigious theatres including the Nashville Children’s Theatre, Nashville Repertory Theatre, Studio Tenn, Berkshire Theatre Group, Barrington Stage Company, Creed Repertory Theatre, Florida Repertory Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, Peach State Summer Theatre, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Des Moines Metropolitan Opera, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Theatre Aspen, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Okoboji Summer Theatre, and more.

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London Study Abroad

Through Lipscomb’s Department of Theatre, you will have a unique opportunity to spend 10 days in London studying theatre and attending productions at the acclaimed National Theatre and Globe Theatre, as well as on the West End. This trip also counts as credit for student's required Theatre History II course. The department is also developing a trip to New York City for students to meet with industry professionals and see Broadway shows.

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Masterclasses

Lipscomb is committed to hosting visiting artists with strong professional credentials. Previous artists include Broadway performers Eden Espinosa, Leah Hofmann, Kate Reinders, Sarah Litzsinger, Chuck Wagner, Eric Petersen, Emily Ferranti, and others. Major playwrights include John Patrick Shanley, Tina Howe, and Nashville-favorite Nate Eppler. Lipscomb also hires many local artists to share their areas of expertise. Famed "Something Rotten" and "Mrs. Doubtfire" composer Wayne Kirkpatrick served as our Artist-in-Residence from 2016-2018.

Previous Productions

Play production

Elevate: Dance Concert

Students perform a musical number from Songs for a New World

Songs for a New World

Play production

Into the Woods

Play production

Elevate: Dance Concert

Play production

Bright Star

Play production

The Crucible

Play production

Blood Wedding

Play production

Elevate: Dance Concert

Play production

Godspell

Play production

Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Play production

The Miracle Worker

Play production

She Loves Me

Play production

She Loves Me

Girl in play

The Crucible

Play production

Bright Star

Play production

Godspell

Play production

Silent Sky

Play production

Peter and the Starcatcher

Play production

Elevate: Dance Concert

Play production

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

Special Programs

12:1

Student to Faculty Ratio

#2

Ranked theatre college in Tennessee

15%

Top ranked theatre program in the United States

"One" by Foundation Dance Theatre

"One" by Foundation Dance Theatre

"Ascend" by Foundation Dance Theatre

"Ascend" by Foundation Dance Theatre