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The Department of Theatre offers a theatre major and a theatre minor.


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



Cara Smole

"I absolutely love my professors. I spend a lot of time with them from classes to rehearsals, which results in more of a mentor relationship. I think I have cried with all of them. That is one of the perks of a smaller department."
 - theatre major Cara Smole '22

Jon Schimpf

"Professor Hallstrom has taught me so much and has challenged the way that I view art and theatre. In Christian circles, art can often seem like an ostracizing activity, but Professor Hallstrom has shown me that art and theatre are not only ways we can worship the Lord, but they are also ways to minister to non-believers. By telling stories that teach biblical virtues in beautiful and thought-provoking ways, art and theatre can minister in ways that other forms of ministry may not be able to."
 - theatre major Jon Schimpf '23