Students who choose to study in the performing arts (theatre and dance) have several programs of study from which to choose. APSU offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Communications with a Concentration in Theatre specializing in one of three areas: Performance, Technical Theatre or Theatre Education as well as a minor in Dance. The curriculum for each area is diverse and challenging. Theatre coursework includes skill-based classes ranging from stage movement, voice, performance (for the stage and for camera), scenic design, lighting design, costume and make up design, theatre for children, as well as more theoretical and research courses in theatre history, musical theatre, and specialized theory and topical studies. Our dance minor’s curriculum covers a range of subjects and methods including Modern Dance, Choreography, Jazz, Ballet, Musical Theatre, West African, and the History and Philosophy of Dance.
What makes Austin Peay’s Theatre and Dance program unique is the commitment we have to the personal attention to each student and also to his or her professional growth for career building beyond time spent at the university. We keep class sizes capped so that the student-to-faculty ratio is relatively low, and we optimize student main stage opportunities every year. Moreover, we give our students regional exposure by actively participating in the major theatre and dance conferences around the country; thus, our students are afforded many opportunities to succeed as theatre and dance practitioners, educators, and as other professionals in the fields they choose to pursue after graduation.
Students of theatre and dance have a variety of career opportunities from which to choose. From the most obvious professional performance and technical opportunities in dance, theatre, multimedia, television, and film to opportunities in K – 12 education, the theatre and dance program also prepares those students who want to pursue post-graduate work.
Because there are a number of students who may never go directly into the performing arts, our program of study gives students the ability to adapt the skills they gain during their time at APSU to a variety of areas. Students with performing arts degrees often do well in a variety of other areas, including law school, public relations, marketing, broadcasting, journalism, social work and counseling.
Darren V. Michael
Asst Professor of Acting/Directing
Interim Coordinator of Theatre and Dance
Asst Professor of Dance
For more information about studying theatre or dance at APSU, follow this link to the Area of Theatre and Dance website.
We hold audition and interviews at the beginning of each Spring semester for the following Fall. (This year those days are Jan 28 and Feb 4.) We also review our scholarship students each semester and occasionally there are often opportunities for current students majoring or minoring in Theatre and/or Dance to apply for scholarships then. Scholarships range from $250 to $1000 a semester.
Follow this link for additional scholarship information for theatre majors (under Communication).
Follow this link to the programs of study for concentrations and specializations in theatre.
Follow this link to the program of study for a minor in dance.
Follow this link for more information concerning possible careers for theatre majors.
The Center for Excellence in the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University brings world-class writers, musicians, performers, and artists to campus each year to work with students in master classes, concerts, and workshops. For more information and a schedule of upcoming events, follow this link to the Center for Excellence in the Creative Arts.