• 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.

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.

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.


Simon J. Donoghue

Simon Donoghue
Theatre Arts Minor Coordinator
Associate Professor of English
Director of Abbey Players
Chair of Humanities Division

B.A., University of Virginia
M.S.L.S., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

” 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.”

Jill Bloede
Associate Professor of Fine Arts
B.F.A. Kent State University
M.A. Bowling Green State University
M.F.A. Virginia Commonwealth University

” After 17 years with Children’s Theater 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.”

Gary Sivak

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

” I believe that classes in theatre will serve our students regardless of the degree they attain.”