Be A Part of the Story

When you study theatre at a Christian university like Belhaven, you are invited to engage with theatre as collective and collaborative storytelling. And YOU have a role to play in it.

Our theatre program welcomes unabashedly creative theatre artists like you to join us in a community that values artistic excellence, individualized mentorship, and the discovery of each person’s unique calling and focus.

Whether you want to be on stage, behind the scenes, or both, you will find an encouraging environment filled with opportunities to explore new ways of creating and storytelling. We serve the Great Storyteller, and we celebrate your ability and desire to be a part of the story!

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National Accreditation

The Belhaven University Department of Theatre is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

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Theatre Major from a Christian University: Belhaven University

Why You’ll Love Theatre at Belhaven

Individualized Hands-On Training

Your resume will grow as you gain hands-on experience in our production season. And with our individualized approach to portfolio development and audition preparation, you’ll be well-positioned to hit the ground running when you graduate.

Caring & Expert Faculty

Our faculty are theatre professionals who approach theatre from a position of faith and artistic excellence. They will mentor, encourage and push you to grow through a collaborative, rigorous program that equips you for your theatre career.

A Community of Artists

You’ll join a community of like-minded artists committed to serving the story. Collaboration thrives when each person is valued, encouraged, and respected. Your classmates will support you and become co-creators with you.

Professional Networks

You'll find connections in our alumni who work in theatres across the nation. Plus, with internship opportunities at New Stage Theatre, you can add professional credits to your resume and begin to build your networks.

Small Class Sizes

Our student-faculty ratio is 13:1, meaning you receive personalized attention and instruction

Dynamic Facilities

Fully equipped production shops and spacious Blackbox Theatre with 54'-square grid

1/3 Of Our Students

Major in the arts, signifying our commitment to these programs

4 Productions Per Year

Refine your craft as you participate in our bold production season

What Can You Do with a Theatre Degree?

  • Actor
  • Scenic designer
  • Director
  • Stage manager
  • House manager
  • Costume designer
  • Drama therapist
  • Marketing and public relations director
  • Dramaturg
  • Company manager
  • Box Office manager
  • Critic
  • Dresser
  • Literary manager
  • Lighting designer
  • Head carpenter
  • Wigmaker
  • Cutter/draper
  • Head electrician
  • Props designer
  • Theatre teacher
  • Sound engineer
  • Makeup artist
  • Run crew
  • Stitcher
  • Technical director
  • Projections designer
  • Voiceover artist

What Will I Learn?

  • Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Creative Problem-Solving
  • Contemporary Scene Study
  • Acting Styles
  • Voice and Movement for the Actor
  • Stage Combat
  • Scenic Construction
  • Lighting Design
  • Sound Engineering
  • Costume Design and Construction
  • Principles of Theatre Design
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Dramaturgy and Theatre History
  • Stage Management

What Are Belhaven Grads Doing Now?

  • Acting in companies such as the National Players, Taproot Theatre, Trustus Theatre, New Stage Theatre, and off-Broadway theatres
  • Designing and working backstage at companies such as the Alley Theatre, Synetic Theatre, Trinity Shakespeare, the Arden Theatre, New Stage Theatre, and Sight and Sound Theatre
  • Teaching all ages and in all settings
  • Appearing in television shows such as The Walking Dead: World Beyond and in national ads for companies like Amazon Prime
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A Celebrated Haven for Arts Education

Only 39 universities in the U.S. are accredited in all major arts. Belhaven is one. That means master classes, great performances, and national competitions. When you study art, dance, music, or theatre here, you’re earning a degree from a nationally recognized school for the arts.

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Theatre: What You’ll Study 

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

With this degree, you can work as an actor, director, designer, or technician in professional or non-professional theatres. You can also teach at the secondary level or pursue graduate study in theatre.

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre (Performance Emphasis)

With this degree, you can work as an actor, director, or dramaturg. You can also teach.

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre (Production Emphasis)

With this degree, you can work as a designer, stage manager, or technician. You can also teach.

Minor in Theatre

This minor requires 18 hours of coursework in areas including acting, stagecraft, and theatre studies. You’re also required to participate in at least three theatre productions (on-stage or off-stage) while at Belhaven.

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Theatre Scholarships

In addition to our Visit Scholarship, you can supplement your financial aid award with an academic scholarship from Belhaven's School of the Arts!

To qualify, you must be accepted for admission, submit your high school GPA and test scores, and complete your FAFSA. We'll assess your scholarship potential along with your audition or portfolio review when you're on campus for Arts Discover Day.

Onstage or backstage, it's time to raise the curtain for your new role as a Blazer!

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The Belhaven Advantage

Fuel your academic passions and expand your career options. Belhaven offers our freshmen a unique deal: double major, and we’ll pay the tuition if you need a fifth year in school. Double major in two arts programs, pair a business degree with a STEM major … the possibilities are endless!

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Auditioning for Theatre Admission

Prior to auditioning for the Theatre Department, you must be admitted to the university. For more information, contact an admission officer or apply now.

Join our community of artists! We can't wait to create theatre with you. Learn how to audition or present your portfolio.

Opportunities for Theatre Majors

Gain valuable experience and build your resume as you participate in our annual season of top-quality productions. Our ambitious and respected production season will provide you with material for your reels, portfolios, websites, and more.

Belhaven Theatre students are sought-after interns at New Stage Theatre, Mississippi's premier professional regional theatre. Our students have also been hired to work at Summerstock companies such as the Hangar Theatre; Ocala Civic Theatre; Tecumseh Outdoor Theatre; and The New London Barn Playhouse. Add professional credits to your resume before you even graduate.

Each semester, our students present a jury as part of our rigorous training program. Production majors present portfolios and performance majors perform audition material for a jury of faculty and theatre professionals. By the time you graduate, you will have a fully vetted portfolio and/or a list of at least 10 audition-ready monologues and songs.

Contact Us

Office of Admission

Phone: 601-968-5940

Mailing Address:
1500 Peachtree Street, Box 153
Jackson, MS 39202

For campus visit:
Jimmy Hood Welcome Center
855 Riverside Drive
Jackson, MS 39202

Fax: 601-300-2932

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Verse of the Year

God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.

Philippians 2:13