• the artistic and/or technical elements of stage production
  • The Theatre Arts Minor is designed to allow students to achieve proficiency in either performance or the technical aspects of theatre. The minor is closely allied with the Abbey Players, the drama group at Belmont Abbey College.

You’ll enjoy the Abbey’s Theatre Arts Minor if you:

  • seek to augment your chosen major with additional abilities, including performance, organizational development and the acquisition of technical skills.
  • work well with others! Theatre production requires active collaboration.
  • want to increase your understanding of and appreciation for live theatre as both an historical phenomenon, and essential component of modern culture.
  • The Theatre Arts Minor consists of eighteen (18) credit hours, organized as two separate concentrations, one for the technically-minded student and the other for the student actor/director.

With a Theatre Arts Minor from Belmont Abbey College, as well as significant stage work in acting, directing or technical design, you will be able to pursue a Master’s in Fine Arts. Several recent Abbey Theatre Arts Minors have been admitted to graduate programs based

Should you not pursue a professional theatre career, the Theatre Arts Minor will increase your understanding of and appreciation for live theatre, as well as enhancing the skills you develop through the pursuit of any Belmont Abbey College major, or any career you enter after graduation.

  • This $5,000 per annum recognition will be awarded to a select number of students who commit to participate in one Abbey Players production each semester.   The student may participate as an actor, stage manager, sound or lighting technician, box office staffer or set construction/painting.  This scholarship rewards those students who wish to maintain significant involvement in theatre without actually majoring in the field. It is renewable for four years
  • Applicants must also complete an application for admission to Belmont Abbey College to be eligible for this award.
  • For more information regarding the Oetgen Theatre Scholarship, please contact Simon Donoghue, Director of the Abbey Players and Coordinator of the Theater Arts Minor, at simondonoghue@bac.edu.

The Abbey Difference:

Guided by the tenets of Catholicism and the Benedictine hallmarks, Belmont Abbey College strives to provide its students with a well-rounded education that promotes wise and ethical decisions.

The Theatre program at Belmont Abbey College offers students the opportunity to be educated and to perform in drama, providing them with an understanding of the complexities of human nature and of the canon of Western theatrical writing. Through both theoretical and practical work in the dramatic arts, students nourish their minds and spirits, develop a deep understanding of the human person, and comprehend the beauty of God as expressed through imaginative creation within the framework of theatre. Through observation of human character dramatically portrayed, our students are motivated to emulate the True, the Good, and the Beautiful for their benefit and that of others.

Theatre Resources:

Belmont Abbey College boasts a theatrical tradition over a century old; the ‘Abbey Players’ were first founded in 1883. Students will have the opportunity to join that tradition by spectating at or performing in a wide range of student productions. This is a rich and rewarding opportunity for theatre minors or for any of our students. For more information, visit our Abbey Players’ webpage.

Program Requirements:

The Theatre Arts minor consists of eighteen (18) credit hours, organized as two separate ‘tracks,’ one for the technically-minded student and the other for the student actor/director.

  • TA 108 Introduction to Theatre Arts or TA 112 – Theatre Appreciation
  • TA 110 Introduction to Stagecraft
  • TA 210 Lighting and Sound Design
  • TA 310 Set Design
  • TA 410 Stage Management
  • TA 415 Practicum

It is the student’s responsibility to see that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.

  • TA 108 Introduction to Theatre Arts or TA 112 – Theatre Appreciation
  • TA 150 Acting I
  • TA 225 The American Musical
  • TA 250 Acting II
  • TA 359 Introduction to Directing
  • TA 415 Practicum

It is the student’s responsibility to see that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.

 

Faculty: 

JillBW3R

Ms. Jill Bloede – After 17 years with Children’s TheSatre of Charlotte, I returned to collegiate theatre where I encourage student actors and directors in class and productions. No matter what your major is at BAC, a theatre minor, or at least a course or two, will only help you achieve your goals.

SimonD

Simon Donoghue – If you are passionate about live theatre, and everyone SHOULD be, I hope you will come and join the theatre program at the Abbey. You will be part of a tradition of excellence that reaches back to 1883. We will give you knowledge, training, skills and you will meet your lifelong friends in the Haid Theatre.

GarySW

Mr. Gary Sivak – I believe that classes in theatre will serve our students regardless of the degree they attain.

Simon Donoghue – Coordinator of Theatre Arts Minor, Director of Abbey Players, Chair of the Humanities Division, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, Associate Professor of English
B.A., University of Virginia
M.S.L.S., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Jill Bloede – Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
B.A., Kent State University
M.A., Bowling Green State University
M.A., Virginia Commonwealth University

Gary Sivak – Instructor of Fine Arts, Technical Director of Theatre
B.A., University of North Carolina-Charlotte