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Theatre Department

Integrating faith and the dramatic disciplines

It is difficult to imagine in today's media saturated, postmodern, narrative-focused culture, that one can consider him/herself adequately educated without having developed an understanding of how dramatic art works and impacts its audiences and practitioners. The dramatic arts are arguably one of the most influential modes of cultural communication today. We would be foolish to neglect proclaiming the Kingdom of God in this vital marketplace. It is our prayer that students are prepared to humbly serve through story -- trained to be skilled theatre artists who use their God-given dramatic talents to embody His love for their neighbors --whether on campus, in the church, the local community, or the wider dramatic arts world.

 

"We live in a media-saturated, narrative-focused culture. We need to be in that place, redeeming that area of culture, because art is gorgeous and beautiful and needs to be redeemed for the sake of Christ. "
- Camille Hallstrom | professor of theatre

 

The dramatic arts thrive on liberal arts education!

The renowned actress and acting teacher Uta Hagen wrote, "To be more than an adequate or serviceable actor, it takes a broad education in the liberal arts." Theatre and film educators generally agree: those who wish to write, produce, direct, shoot, act in or otherwise create dramatic work need a wide understanding of many facets of life to produce their art effectively. A Covenant liberal arts education powerfully equips theatre and film graduates to work in the dramatic professions.

 

Theatre Studies

Covenant typically produces four shows a year, annually collaborating with the music department on musicals, operettas, and operas. Students are routinely given significant production responsibility as well as support from the department to pursue their particular interests. Additionally, students intern on productions at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), as well as completing a professional theatre or film internship before graduation.

 

Theatre Courses

Students at Covenant have access to a wide variety of film and stage classroom preparation. Some of the classes offered include:

  • Theatre Seminar I-III
  • Stagecrafts
  • Acting I-II
  • Directing
  • Theatre History I-II
  • Dramatic Arts and Christian Thought I-II
  • Screenwriting
  • Accents & Dialects

 

Recent Senior Capstone Projects

Acting, directing, writing original scripts, making a short film, producing a play festival, technical direction, costume design, and leading various productions at Covenant, including:

  • Waiting for Godot
  • Hamlet
  • Consumption
  • Flowers for Algernon
  • The Savannah Disputation

 

Where Our Alumni Are

  • Award-winning stage/film/TV actor
  • Audiobook Performer
  • Playwriting
  • Film marketing
  • High school theatre teacher
  • Atlanta Shakespeare Co.
  • Actors Express
  • Georgia Ensemble Theatre
  • Virginia Stage
  • Taproot Theatre
  • Walt Disney World
  • Southeastern Theatre Conference
  • In television shows, including “Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” “MacGyver,” and “Your Worst Nightmare”

 

Programs, Courses, and Requirements

Major

Minor

Graduate School of Education

Undergraduate Departments, Majors, Minors, Certificates, Concentrations, and Programs

Academic Certificates

  • Arts Administration
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability
  • Journalism and Society
  • Medical Ethics Consultation
  • Neuroscience
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Art

  • Art, 2-D Concentration 
  • Art, 3-D Concentration 
  • Art, Art History Concentration 
  • Art, Graphic Design Concentration 
  • Art, Photography Concentration 
  • Art minor
  • Art History minor

Biblical & Theological Studies

  • Biblical & Theological Studies 
  • Biblical & Theological Studies, Missions Concentration 
  • Biblical & Theological Studies minor
  • Biblical Languages minor
  • History of Christianity minor
  • Missions minor
  • Youth Ministry minor

Biology

  • Biology, Biomedical Concentration 
  • Biology, Environmental Concentration 
  • Biology, General 
  • Biology, Health Professions Concentration 
  • Biology minor

Business

  • Business 
  • Business, Accounting Concentration 
  • Business, Finance Concentration 
  • Business, Marketing Concentration 
  • Sport Management 
  • Business minor
  • Sport Management minor

Chemistry

  • Chemistry, Biochemistry Concentration 
  • Chemistry, General 
  • Biochemistry minor
  • Chemistry minor

Computer Science

  • Computer Science 
  • Computer Science minor

Economics & Community Development

  • Community Development 
  • Economics 
  • Community Development minor
  • Economics minor

Education

  • Education Studies 
  • Elementary Education (P-5) 
  • Secondary Education Certifications through MAT program 
  • Education minor

Engineering 3:2 Program

  • Natural Science, Pre-Engineering Studies Concentration

English

  • English 
  • English, Writing Concentration 
  • English minor
  • Linguistics minor
  • Writing minor

Health, Wellness and Coaching

  • Coaching minor

History & Politics

  • History 
  • History, Art History Concentration 
  • Political Science 
  • History minor
  • Political Science minor

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Interdisciplinary Studies with Concentrations 

International Studies

  • International Studies 

Mathematics

  • Mathematics 
  • Mathematics minor

Music

  • Music, Church Music Concentration 
  • Music, Creative Studies Concentration 
  • Music, General Music Concentration 
  • Music, Instrumental Performance Concentration 
  • Music, Music Education (Pre-MAT) Concentration 
  • Music, Organ Performance Concentration 
  • Music, Piano Pedagogy Concentration 
  • Music, Piano Performance Concentration 
  • Music, Theory/Composition Concentration 
  • Music, Vocal Performance Concentration 
  • Music minor

Philosophy

  • Philosophy 
  • Philosophy minor

Physics

  • Physics 
  • Physics minor

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Law Studies 
  • Pre-Medical Studies 
  • Pre-Nursing Studies 
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Studies 

Psychology

  • Psychology 
  • Psychology minor

Sociology

  • Sociology 
  • Sociology, Family Studies & Social Work Concentration 
  • Sociology minor

Theatre

  • Theatre 
  • Theatre minor

World Languages

  • French 
  • Spanish 
  • French minor
  • Spanish minor