Theatre

Students perform a work in progress.

The Methodist University Theatre major and minor are currently inactive. The program is not accepting new student admissions.


Academics

We prepare students for entry-level positions in Theatre production companies, as well as for further graduate-level study.

The program is designed for self-motivated individuals who are interested in creating their own opportunities as well as making the most of what is already in the program.

We also see a major part of our mission as preparing the audience to be an informed consumer of quality theatre. We encourage students to take advantage of local opportunities, such as Cape Fear Regional Theatre in Fayetteville, Temple Theatre in Sanford, Sandhills Theatre Company in Southern Pines, as well as the many professional, college and community theatre productions within driving distance in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, or Wilmington.

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Contact the Theatre Program

Dr. Evan Bridenstine

Evan Bridenstine, Ph.D.

Chair, Theatre; Associate Professor of Theatre
(910) 630-7105
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Dr. Evan Bridenstine
Evan Bridenstine, Ph.D.

Chair, Theatre; Associate Professor of Theatre

B.A., Ashland University; M.A., Kent State University; M.F.A., University of Virginia; Ph.D., Ohio State University

Dissertation:

Thomas King at Sadler’s Wells and Drury Lane: Proprietorship and Management in Late Eighteenth-Century English Theatre, 1771-1788

Teaching:

Theatre Survey, Acting, Directing, Dramatic Literature, Theatre History

Playwriting:

High Strung Quartet for Unstrung Voices (John Glines, NYC; West Coast Ensemble, LA; Neptune Productions, San Francisco; Reality Theatre, Columbus, OH), Taking Leave (Humbolt State University), Miller’s Point (Ohio State University), Friendship Calls (Washington & Lee University), Gravel Pudding (University of Virginia), Broken Cadences (University of Virginia), Last Lunch (Ashland University), Bull Black (Kent State University).

Acting:

Mister in Sunday in the Park With George, Marley’s Ghost in A Christmas Carol, J.P. Morgan in Ragtime, Moonface Mullins in Anything Goes, Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Nicely-Nicely in Guys and Dolls, Charlie in Tintypes, Flint in Something’s Afoot, Judge Thatcher and Counsetor Robinson in Big River, Oolie in The Salvation of Sunshine Billy (premiere), Owen Musser in The Foreigner, Chrysale in Learned Ladies, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing.

Directing:

Tar Heel Tales, Little Shop of Horrors, Red and Blue, The Spitfire Grill, Little Red Riding Hood: The Opera, Godspell, A Christmas Carol, Woyzeck, Man of La Mancha, Hook, Line and Sinker (premiere), Anything Goes, The Duck Variations, Our Town, Story Theatre, The Taming of the Shrew.

(910) 630-7105
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Curriculum Requirements

Degrees Awarded

Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

The Methodist University Theatre major and minor are currently inactive. The program is not accepting new student admissions.


Major Requirements

The Theatre major consists of 42-50 s.h. distributed as follows:

Foreign Language Requirement

  • One language through the 1020-level or demonstration of competence.

Required Core Courses

  • THE 1620 Survey of Theatre (3 s.h.)
  • THE 1630 Basic Stagecraft (3 s.h.)
  • THE 3110 Theatrical History and Literature I (3 s.h.)
  • THE 3120 Theatrical History and Literature II (3 s.h.)
  • THE 3650 Acting I (3 s.h.)
  • THE 4670 Play Direction I (3 s.h.)

Elective Courses

24 s.h. chosen from the following:

  • Stage Performance Ensemble—1 s.h. each, up to 8 s.h.
    THE 1010, THE 1020, THE 2010, THE 2020, THE 3010, THE 3020, THE 4010, THE 4020
  • Stagecraft Ensemble—1 s.h. each, up to 8 s.h.
    THE 1030, THE 1040, THE 2030, THE 2040, THE 3030, THE 3040, THE 4030, THE 4040
  • THE 2300 Computer Applications in Theatre 3 s.h.
  • THE 3610 Costuming Laboratory (3 s.h.)
  • THE 3620 Make-up Laboratory (3 s.h.)
  • THE 3660 Acting II (3 s.h.)
  • THE 3680 Scene Design Laboratory (3 s.h.)
  • THE 3690 Lighting Design Laboratory (3 s.h.)
  • THE 3700 Stage Management Laboratory (3 s.h.)
  • THE 4680 Play Direction II (3 s.h.)
  • THE 4850 Special Study in Theatre (3 s.h.)
  • THE 4900 Special Production in Theatre (3 s.h.)
  • ART 1010 Foundations of Design I (3 s.h.)
  • ART 2030 Foundations IV Drawing I (3 s.h.)
  • COM 3660 Performance for the Camera (3 s.h.)
  • ENG/WRI 3260 Creative Writing: Drama (3 s.h.)
  • ENG 3740 Shakespeare (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 1170 Voice for non-Music Majors (1 s.h.)
  • MUS 1180 Voice for non-Music Majors (2 s.h.)
  • MUS 1510 Survey of Music in Western Civilization (3 s.h.)
  • MUS 1520 Jazz and Popular Culture (3 s.h.)

Minor & Associate of Arts Concentration Requirements

The Theatre minor and Associate of Arts concentration consists of 21 s.h. distributed as follows:

Required Core Courses

  • THE 1620 Survey of Theatre (3 s.h.)
  • THE 1630 Basic Stagecraft (3 s.h.)
  • THE 3650 Acting I (3 s.h.)
Choose one of the following:
  • THE 3110 Theatrical History and Literature I (3 s.h.)
  • THE 3120 Theatrical History and Literature II (3 s.h.)

Choose one of the following:

  • THE 3610 Costuming Laboratory (3 s.h.)
  • THE 3620 Make-up Laboratory (3 s.h.)
  • THE 3680 Scene Design Laboratory (3 s.h.)
  • THE 3690 Lighting Design Laboratory (3 s.h.)

Minor Electives

  • 6 s.h. chosen from the list of electives for the B.A.