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Department of Theatre

Bring stories to life on the stage.

Lipscomb University's Department of Theatre is committed to leading the future in arts education through rigorous training, interdisciplinary collaboration, and faith-focused community. On our stages, you will join the next generation of artists who are cultivating the discipline and passion it takes to impact communities and make a difference in many lives around the world. Discover how your talent and training will 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 theatre companies in Nashville’s vibrant and growing art scene. Experiment with techniques and artistic endeavors that transform you as an artist as well as your audience. We believe that with a well-rounded, holistic education, developed artistry and 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.

Theatre

Choose from four BFA degree offerings, including musical theatre, acting, directing and design to focus your artistic and academic interests. We also offer two B.A. degrees in general theatre and theatre education.

Dance

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

Education

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.

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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.

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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, art-focused chapels and service opportunities. Our department is committed to exploring the realities of the world and 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. The faculty take seriously the responsibility of walking out their faith daily with the students as well.

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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.

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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.

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London Study Abroad and New York City 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, and on the West End. 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

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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, medical schools and companies of all kinds understand how theatre training can equip someone with integral life skills, including collaboration, stamina, conceptualization, analytical thinking, fiscal responsibility, creativity, communication, management, problem-solving and the confidence to embrace new ideas.