Stephanie Howard, Chair
Telephone: (919) 530-7343
Fax: (919) 530-5117
Main Office: 106 Farrison-Newton Communications Building
North Carolina Central University, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), takes pride in its Department of Theatre. The department offers a strong diversified curriculum for the theatre major. Within the theatre program, concentrations are offered in performance, dance education, theatre education, technical theatre , and general theatre. Additionally, the department, which emphasizes cultural diversity, is the only theatre program in the Triangle area of North Carolina that offers a concentration in theatre education and access to dance education. The success of the department’s concentrations is reflected in the professional positions held by former majors: arts administrators, television producers, media managers, performers, stage managers, theatre technicians, teachers in public and higher education, and graduate students in advanced degree programs. A degree in theatre does not limit a student’s ability to work in other disciplines. Many students use this program as a pre-professional degree in preparation for graduate study in law, business (especially public relations), the ministry, architecture, product design, and media areas such as radio and film. An undergraduate degree in theatre prepares a young adult for the professional work force through the development of personal discipline, organizational skills, a creative outlook, an ability to collaborate and work with others, and a broader appreciation of other cultures and beliefs and an ability to present oneself in public in a positive and dynamic way.
The department has built a winning tradition in the state, region, and nation. It welcomes students with talent, potential, and the willingness to become a part of its quest to represent the very best in theatre.
After interviews and observation by the faculty, majors are accepted into the department under the general theatre concentration. Students may declare other concentrations after acceptance. Entry into the performance and technical concentrations is based on audition and portfolio presentation. Audition and portfolio criteria may be obtained directly from the department or on the departmental web page.
The mission of the Department of Theatre and Dance is to provide a stimulating academic and artistic environment, which advocates the pursuit, acquisition and practical application of knowledge and skills emphasizing the interdependence of theatre with the culturally diverse world of ideas and actions. The Department advocates professionalism as well as excellence in personal and cultural development.