Avila University
Degree Programs
B.A. in Theatre
B.F.A. in Acting
B.F.A. in Directing/Producing
B.F.A. in Musical Theatre
B.F.A. in Theatre Design and Technology



Upon graduation, an Avila University Theatre major will have demonstrated ability to:
  • Read and analyze a theatrical text
  • Place text and production in an historical context
  • Identify significant dramatic theorists/critics and playwrights and their pertinent major works
  • Display a basic knowledge of elemental techniques in lighting,scenery, and costume
  • Display a basic knowledge of acting technique and character development

B.A. Theatre

Your program...
Avila Theatre offers competent classroom instruction coupled with hands-on experience. This program is designed for undergraduates who want stage time. Production experience exists even for freshmen . . . and there's no competition with graduate students for roles!

Your choice...
Avila Theatre provides a pre-professional training program that allows choice. The BFA is for students wanting a specialized concentration in Acting (musical theatre is included), Directing/Producing, or Theatre Design and Technology. The BA is for those students wanting more broad-based training, those anticipating teaching, or those considering a double major. These choices, combined with a caring faculty, give majors personalized attention and guidance to obtain degrees that best fit their needs.

Program Uniqueness:
Avila is unique in that it offers specialized training an extensive list of upper-division courses from which to choose combined with a private liberal arts education. Small class sizes and personal attention are the standard at Avila. Specifically, the Theatre is a program that provides a sense of community and purpose. Avila Theatre prides itself on promoting a nurturing, yet challenging working environment for every student.

Often theatre students are labeled actor or techie and never have a chance to explore other areas. At Avila, students have the chance, if they wish, to work many jobs on both sides of the fence: acting and tech. With proper training, it is possible for a student to play the lead in one show and then design the set for the next. Theatre students often say that what they enjoy most about Avila is the student involvement a chance to explore many aspects of theater and see what hidden talents unfold.

Theatre Ed

Your program...
Theatre Education is a program in Speech/Theatre Education 9-12 certification, approved by the State of Missouri, is offered. Kansas Certification requirements may be completed concurrently. A middle school major with a concentration in drama is also available.

Certification is available with either a BA or A BFA.

Theatre Education contact information:
Robert Foulk
816.501.2405
Contact Theatre Ed

B.F.A. Acting
» Stage Management » Theatre Management
» Stage Combat » Stage Makeup
» Principles of Directing » Internship
» Repertory Theatre    
       
  Advisor: Robert Foulk
816.501.2405
Robert.Foulk@Avila.edu




B.F.A. Producing/Directing
» Stage Management » Theatre Management
» Stage Combat » Stage Makeup
» Principles of Directing » Internship
» Repertory Theatre    
       
  Advisor: Robert Foulk
816.501.2405
Robert.Foulk@Avila.edu




B.F.A. Musical Theatre
» Stagecraft » Scenery and Prop Construction
» Lighting » Advanced Lighting and Sound
» Stage Management » History of Costume
» Scene Design » Costume Design
       
  Advisor: Amity Bryson
816.501.3651
Amity.Bryson@Avila.edu




B.F.A. Theatre Design and Technology
» Stagecraft » Scenery and Prop Construction
» Lighting » Advanced Lighting and Sound
» Stage Management » History of Costume
» Scene Design » Costume Design
       
  Advisor: Jason Harris
816.501.3733
Jason.Harris@Avila.edu



 
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