• the artistic and/or technical elements of stage production

The minor in Theatre Arts is designed to allow students to achieve some 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. In this program, you will become an integral part of the Abbey Players and have the opportunity to take part in multiple productions per year.

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

  • enjoy acting, singing and performance on stage
  • want to learn to better manage a stage production
  • want to be a part of an active stage company
  • 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.
  • Both tracks merge during the student’s senior year, when all students engage in a Practicum to create a fully realized production.

Students of theatre at Belmont Abbey College have many opportunities to expand their experience, whether acting in one of the Abbey Players’ many productions, constructing sets in the Haid Theater, or helping with local productions in Gastonia or Charlotte.

With a Theatre Arts Minor from Belmont Abbey College, you will be able to pursue a variety of career opportunities, including:

  • Stagecraft and set design
  • Acting
  • Directing

A Theatre Arts minor from BAC will prepare you for directing plays and musicals in high schools and communities, auditioning for community theatre, and professional acting school.

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.




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.


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.


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