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Bachelor of Fine Arts in
Theatre Arts: Theatre Performance

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From Shakespeare to modern shows, you will experience the theatre like never before.

Our Technical Theater Performance program is a hands-on theatre program with dedicated theatre faculty and devoted students. We feature four areas of specialization for the Technical Theatre student: Scenic Design, Lighting Design, Costume Design, and Stage Management. Our curriculum combines a strong theoretical foundation with immersion into experience-gaining learning opportunities, preparing you for a successful career. We believe in fully developing our students as artists.

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There is a separate audition requirement to be accepted into this major. Learn more about the requirements for this major 

Top Reasons to choose Theatre Arts: Theatre Performance at florida southern college

Opportunities for realized production projects on the mainstage

Students in each specialization will have opportunities to create designs and production work that will be fully produced on our mainstage. Student work is the center of our focus, and is featured in multiple productions. We present five shows each year, directed by full-time faculty and professional guest directors, providing multiple opportunities to design, stage manage, and produce quality practical work as part of our Festival of Fine Arts season.

One on One Mentoring

Small class sizes and individual mentoring is a key component of our program. Each student creating projects for the mainstage will have a direct faculty advisor to guide them through their projects from beginning to end. This mentorship ensures that students will not only be able to produce a quality final product, but also that they will grow artistically and scholarly from the process.

Wholistic approach to theatre education.

Students have the opportunity to explore the key elements of the creative process and how they help communicate the story. Elements include: costuming, lighting, scenic, and sound design, as well as acting, directing, and script analysis movement.

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Professors encourage us to be active participants in our fields. They give us their personal contact information and invite us to reach out. They use their networks to get us connected with opportunities that propel us towards our goals, even if our dream is to star on Broadway!

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The opportunities to perform are fantastic, and the staff in both the music and theatre department are dead set on making you the best you can be. The small class sizes make you feel like you're not just another number.

"...the play's the thing..."

Wholistic approach to design and technical training

Our approach to training begins with the final product – the play. We emphasize a collaborative approach to our training, so that the production is the aim of the entire company – not just the scenery, lighting, or acting, but the whole product. Theatre requires the technical/design elements to support the acting and directing. All of these elements are necessary to produce a successful and artistic creation. Our training emphasizes the value of each component of the creative process, rather than concentrate on individual area. We aim to create a mutually supportive ensemble of producing artists, while honing skills in a chosen specialization.

Applied Production Experience

THE 2153 affords the student the opportunity create practical production work for mainstage shows, applying the skills introduced in basic classes and honed in design area-specific courses, in a live setting. Having student worked produced and viewed by live audiences provides direct application for the student’s work and immediate feedback from audiences. Students have the opportunity to participate in major and significant ways from the earliest semesters on campus, through full and realized production designs as they progress through the program.

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Performing on stage is not for everyone

We also offer a BA in Theatre Arts program that does not require an audition for entry into the program!

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Learn from Award-Winning Faculty

The industry regularly recognizes our faulty for their artistic achievements. They include recognition multiple times for scene designs and theatre technology by Broadway World Orlando, and the Orlando Frings Festival, and a three-time recipient of Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival awards, as well as a finalist in BBC’s Voice of Musical Theatre International Competition.

Clubs and More

The Vagabonds Theatre club is the oldest running student organization on campus and remains active with fundraisers, organizing annual staged readings, producing a biennial ten-minute play festivals, and fully staged studio productions. In addition to the Vagabonds, the college hosts an improv troupe called “Studio Box” who perform regularly for enthusiastic sell-out crowds on campus.

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Program Details

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  • BFA


All freshman applicants to Florida Southern Colleges full-time degree programs must submit the following information:


Applying to Florida Southern as a transfer student is easy.

If transferring less than 24 credits, we also need your:

  • Official high school transcript
  • SAT and/or ACT scores

Additional Admission Requirements for Theatre Performance

  • Students may be accepted into the Theatre Arts: Theatre Performance BFA program only through an audition in their area of expertise.
  • Scholarships are awarded based on an audition and interview by the theatre faculty. BFA auditions will automatically be considered for scholarship eligibility.
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Theatre Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded based on an audition and interview by the theatre faculty. BFA auditions will automatically be considered for scholarship eligibility.

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