• The artistic and/or technical elements of stage production
  • become an integral part of the Abbey Players
  • have the opportunity to take place in multiple productions per year
  • 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
  • directing plays and musicals in high schools and communities
  • auditioning for community theatre
  • professional acting school

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. 

Department Mission:

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.

Departmental Goals:

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.

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

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

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