• Theatre at DCA

    Within the Dillard Center For The Arts Department of Theater, we understand performance to be a mode of critical inquiry, a means of a creative expression, and a vehicle for public engagement. Our goal is to produce “the whole artist;” as such, our classes, workshops, and productions challenge students to expand their critical and creative capacities. The DCA Theater major trains students to begin careers in areas as diverse as those of professional theater (acting, directing), theater management and design (stage management, and costume, scenic and lighting design), Currently, DCA alum have gone on to careers in television, film, and theater, as well as pursued work in a variety of other fields.

    PHILOSOPHY

    The DCA Theatre Department is designed to offer students an in-depth knowledge of the literary, performance and technical skills necessary to enter top level colleges, universities or professional institutions.  A variety of instructional, practical and performance opportunities will prepare the student for advanced theatre study and employment in the theatrical profession.

    GENERAL GOALS

    It is the goal of the Theatre Program to assist each student:

    To grow in knowledge, skill and the creative practice of the chosen art form of theatre in conjunction with a complete academic program.
    To develop and heighten awareness of contemporary issues and ideas in theatre through study, practice and exposure to exemplary theatrical forms and processes.
    To continue to develop and exhibit self-discipline in pursuit of their chosen field.
    To perceive the interrelationship between theatre, the related arts and other disciplines.
    To develop an awareness of career opportunities and the appropriate advanced training, college, or professional experience that is necessary to pursue a career in  the arts.
    To develop leadership abilities through active participation and/or membership in a variety of school and community settings.
    To participate in a variety of ensembles and performances within DCA and in the community.
    To develop critical skills that describe, interpret and refine one’s responses to works of theatre.
    To gain knowledge and experience in as many of the technical arts areas as possible.
    To develop the skills to communicate visual concepts artistically, mechanically and verbally.
    To perceive the importance of taking direction and working with one’s peers, as well as leading them.
    To develop an awareness of career opportunities and the appropriate advanced training, college, or professional experience that is necessary to pursue a career in technical theatre and theatre management.
    To develop a personal sense of professionalism as well as the ability to set high artistic goals and obtain them.