Join a community of servant-leaders using the stage to bring truth and light to the world. Through study, practice, and engagement with the artistic process, theatre arts students learn every facet of production—costume and set design, sound and lighting, directing, stage management, running crew and acting. The breadth of your experience will equip you to collaborate, innovate and succeed in whatever professional endeavor you pursue.
At Gordon, finding your light is more than a stage direction: It’s a journey you take to discern how your passion coincides with the world’s needs—and to create your career at that intersection. Alongside faculty mentors and fellow students, you will explore the depth and power of theatre. Working in our unique black box theatre designed by world-renowned architect Iain Mackintosh, you will grow into a dynamic communicator and artist.
As a theatre arts student, you’ll gain essential experience preparing you for work in commercial or nonprofit settings. You’ll also know how to remain calm in incredibly stressful situations, take risks and accept criticism—all of which are valuable assets in any career, including:
HEAR FROM A GRAD
Adjunct in Theatre, Gordon College
“The investment of Gordon theatre professors guided my development as an artist and a person—and continues to do so—and my degree prepared me for every endeavor since. Whether raising $1M for the restoration of a community theatre, developing a regional theatre program that has served thousands of kids, or becoming a mom (calm under pressure! quick thinking! improv!), I continue to reflect gratefully on my time in the Gordon community.” Hear from others ➔
GO THE EXTRA MILE
In addition to three annual shows, theatre students take advantage of a wide range of opportunities.
For intensive hands-on experience, consider proposing a semester-long project in our innovative apprenticeship program. If your proposal is accepted, you'll focus on a particular aspect of theatre production for the bulk of one term—and so you can stay on track with your coursework despite that term's lighter academic load, you’ll receive free tuition for summer courses.
Off campus, students complete internships in church, school and community theatre programs—and at commercial and nonprofit theatre venues including:
See the world's best plays and musicals and learn how these productions are made, from page to stage:
Studying theatre arts within a Christian liberal arts framework offers you the flexibility to add another field of study—most commonly English language and literature, art and business administration.