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Theatre Department

The theatre department is accredited by the
National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

Major: Bachelor of Arts in Theatre; Bachelor of Fine Arts

Emphasis: Acting, Production/Design, Musical Theatre, Theatre Ministry, Theatre History and Literature, Dramatic Writing

Minor: Theatre

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Dr. Elissa Sartwell, Department Chair

Building on Belhaven's outstanding tradition of integrating the arts into Christian higher education, the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre has emphases in performance, production and theatre ministries. All programs are founded upon the biblical worldview. Courses are offered in theatre history, acting, directing, and stagecraft. Practical experience is provided through the wide variety of on-campus productions. To round out the major, students often develop internships and journeyman opportunities with domestic and international theatre companies, missions or ministry venues, all under the supervision of the Belhaven Theatre Department.

Our goal is to provide the opportunities necessary to develop our students' God-given abilities in order to function in the theatre-related professions, to build a strong foundation for graduate studies in theatre, and to enrich education with theatre experiences at home and abroad. Depending upon the concentration (performance, production, theatre ministries), students must interview or audition for acceptance to the theatre degree program, which is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

Meet our new department chair! Dr. Elissa Sartwell will bring her knowledge and love of theatre to Belhaven University as Associate Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Department of Theatre. We sat down with Dr. Sartwell for a Q&A and talked about her love and excitement for Belhaven's theatre program.