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Department of Theatre

Step onto our stage. Imagine a bold vision for yourself in a department committed to leading the future in arts education through rigorous training, interdisciplinary collaboration, and faith-focused community.

Picture a place that is both Nashville-centric and globally informed, bursting with outstanding faculty and a network of industry professionals committed to cultivating you into an artist ready to impact your community and the world.

At Lipscomb University, this vision can be your reality. 

A cornerstone of the George C. Shinn College of Entertainment and the Arts, the Department of Theatre offers world-class education coupled with Christian perspective that does not avoid the difficult or unpleasant, but explores the spiritual response. We believe when talent intersects will, artists can create a better world, one production at a time. If this interests you, explore our website and apply!

Beki Baker, M.F.A.
Chair, Department of Theatre

Tabs One

Choose from four B.F.A. degree offerings, including musical theatre, acting, directing, and design to focus your artistic and academic interests.

Tabs One

Join our in-house dance company Foundation Dance Theatre or pick up a dance minor to elevate your artistic expression and enhance your marketability.

Tabs One

Cross-train between theatre and education to prepare for a career in theatre teaching. Lipscomb’s College of Education is ranked #2 in the nation.

A performance of Les Miserables

Professional Collaborations

Every year, our department collaborates with local professional theatre companies, including the Nashville Repertory Theatre, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, 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.

Dance performance

Faith and Art Intersection

Central to our artistic work is the cornerstone of faith. Students explore the intersection of faith and art through coursework, productions, theatre breakout chapels, and service opportunities. The faculty take the responsibility of walking out their faith daily with the students as well.

Faculty members consult together

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 more national touring artists. 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. For 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, famed Something Rotten! composer Wayne Kirkpatrick served as Artist-in-Residence.

A scene from "Pacific Overtures"

Internships

Students are encouraged to participate in internships throughout the city and country. Our students have served at several prestigious theatres including Nashville Children’s Theatre, Nashville Repertory Theatre, 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.

Biking in London

London Study Abroad and New York City Trip

Theatre students have a unique opportunity to spend 10 days in London studying theatre and attending productions on the West End. We are currently planning the next trip for summer 2019. BFA students are now required as part of their courses to take a one-week trip to New York City to attend important educational workshops and see Broadway shows. Students will take this course in the winter of their senior year.

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Prestigious Advisory Board

Our department boasts an advisory board of Nashville’s finest theatre professionals from the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Nashville Repertory Theatre, Studio Tenn, Blackbird Theater Company, and others. We lean on these working professionals for guidance and support as we craft the strongest department and seasons possible.

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

A career in the arts – is there such a thing? Yes! We believe graduating students have the skills to work in over fifty entertainment-related positions. This department strongly encourages students to pursue internships during their college career to prepare them for the industry and to establish strong networking connections. We also believe in developing well-rounded artists who can work in a variety of positions.

There are also less obvious applications of theatre degrees. Law schools, medical schools and companies of all kinds understand how theatre training can equip someone with integral life skills including working within a deadline, collaboration, stamina, conceptualization, analytical thinking, fiscal responsibility, creativity, communication, management, problem-solving, and the confidence to embrace new ideas.