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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 the arts through liberal arts education, rigorous training, interdisciplinary collaboration, 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 in lives around the world. Discover how your talent and training can come together here in a way that will 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 at the button below and apply today!

Degree Offerings & Audition Information

Actors in The Crucible

Professional Collaborations

Our department collaborates with local professional theatre companies often, 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. These collaborations offer real-time professional experiences and the chance to connect with people working in the industry right now.

A dancer on stage

Faith and Art Intersection

Central to our artistic work is the cornerstone of faith. You will explore the intersection of faith and art through coursework, productions, community, and service. Our department is committed to exploring the realities of the human experience through the lens of Christian faith. We do not avoid difficult questions; rather, we believe Christians should be at the table with others listening, learning, and speaking light into the darkness. 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.

An actress stares upward with a backdrop of the galaxy behind her

Strong Professional Connections

Lipscomb is committed to hosting visiting artists with strong professional credentials. Previous artists include Broadway performers Eden Espinosa, 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.

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, and the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, among others.

A group of students at the Chinatown Gate in London

London Study Abroad and New York Trip

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. The department is also developing a one-week trip to New York City for students to meet with industry professionals and see Broadway shows.

Actors holding hands and looking at each other

School of Theatre and Cinematic Arts

Theatre boasts a unique relationship with the Department of Film and Creative Media, which together are 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 are often seen in Film's Five-Minute Film Festival.

Past Productions

Girl in play

The Crucible

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The Crucible

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Elevate: Dance Concert

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Disney's Beauty and the Beast

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She Loves Me

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She Loves Me

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Bright Star

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Godspell

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Godspell

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Dancing at Lughnasa

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Blood Wedding

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Elevate: Dance Concert

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On the Verge

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Silent Sky

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The Miracle Worker

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The Miracle Worker

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Peter and the Starcatcher

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Into the Woods

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Bright Star

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Elevate: Dance Concert

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Elevate: Dance Concert

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Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

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Shrek the Musical

Special Programs

12:1

Student to teacher ratio

#2

Ranked theatre college in Tennessee

15%

Top ranked theatre program in the United States

A theatre staff

Opportunities & Careers

When you graduate from our department, you will have the skills to work in over 50 entertainment-related positions. During your college career, you will be strongly encouraged to pursue internships to prepare for the industry and to establish strong networking connections. You will develop as a well-rounded artist who can work in a variety of positions.

You may also want to pursue less obvious applications of theatre degrees. Law schools, business schools, and companies of all kinds understand how theatre training can equip someone with integral life skills, including outstanding collaboration, stamina, conceptualization, analytical thinking, communication, management, and creative problem-solving.