The Dramatic Arts Program seeks to provide a balanced and comprehensive theatre experience for all students. The program offers a wide range of dramatic forms selected both to educate and to entertain.
We offer classes for both majors and non-majors that provide a thorough foundation in theatrical history, theory, and literature as well as training in acting, directing, design, and technical theatre. Thus, students are prepared for graduate education and for employment in any field that values high level communication skills as well as for careers in theatre as teacher, artist, technician, or manager.
In preparation for their graduate school and/or a professional career, majors are required, as part of their senior seminar experience, to reflect upon their time in the drama program at Centre College. This reflection process involves a public “exhibition” of their four years of work within the program. Students are therefore encouraged to save the physical evidence of work (programs, photographs, models, masks, drawings, designs, etc.) for this display.
Your Major Took You Where?*
|Governor’s School for the Arts||University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., int’l trade & business law)|
|Cincinnati Playwright’s Initiative||Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (M.Phil.)|
|Florida Studio Theatre|
*A Sampling of Recent Centre Graduates
“The drama program gives students a foundation that allows them to be not only better theater people, but also better people in general. And we can work in any aspect of theater that interests us — we aren’t boxed in to just performance or just design. This makes us much more marketable and well-rounded.”
Centre Class of 2018 • Dramatic Arts Major
Special Scholarships for Performing Arts
The Performing Arts Scholarship (drama and/or music) program recognizes talented actors, musicians, and theater technicians. Applicants compete for Performing Arts Scholarships, valued up to $5,000 per year and awarded by the drama and music programs. Students should have experience in and a commitment to further personal development in the musical or dramatic arts. Majoring in drama or music is not required. Details about the scholarship can be found under Special Scholarships here.
Gaining experience within the industry is extremely valuable for a drama student, and Centre excels at arranging internships with leading theatres across the country and abroad; The Hangar Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, The Santa Fe Opera, Theatre West Virginia, The Berkshire Theatre Festival, and Lexington Children’s Theatre to name a few. In addition, Centre boasts a vibrant exchange-partnership with Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance in London, recently voted #1 theatre training school in the U.K.
Our graduates have gone on to work in television as creator and show runner for NBC’s Siberia and Emerald City; graduate from the leCoque Physical Acting School in Paris and the Yale School of Drama; perform in Cirque de Soleil, the national and international tours of The Jersey Boys, the Berlin premiere of War Horse, and in the Cirque adaptation of James Cameron’s Avatar. Other alumni are working as scenic designers and directors, and have won awards such as the Barrymore Award (in theatre design), and Best Actress (Humana Festival of New Plays).