Theatre Education

  • Overview

    If you wish to pursue a career in education or community-based theatre, WPU’s Theatre Education program offers ideal preparation.

    William Peace University’s BA in Theatre Education program is the only one of its kind in the Raleigh area. You will study acting, history, technical theatre, education, English and psychology under faculty with lengthy professional, artistic and academic credentials. In addition, valuable outside-the-classroom experiences include required theatre internships, participation in student-run organizations, study abroad opportunities and the annual senior trip to NYC to take part in professional auditions. Whether your post-graduation plans include graduate school or professional theatre, you will develop the tools, skills and connections you need to succeed.


    • Our BFA in Theatre does not require an audition to be accepted into the program; however, all theatre majors are eligible to audition for theatre scholarships.
    • The WPU BA in Theatre Education is a non-licensure degree. Students seeking careers in private schools, theatre companies and community-based arts programs do not usually need a license. If students seek an education career in public schools, they will need to seek out the procedures to obtain a license independently.


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    WPU Theatre Education students help develop the stars of tomorrow through hands-on instruction and experience
  • Courses

    The courses listed below are for the Academic Catalog and are subject to change. Please reference the Academic Catalog for further information and course descriptions. If you are a current student, please reference the catalog in which you come under.

    Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Education

    *Liberal Education Curriculum: Under the Liberal Education requirements, students must take THE 112: Introduction to Acting in place of COM 101 and register for THE 490 for their internship requirement.

    Liberal Education Curriculum49 credit hours
    Theatre Education Core Courses53 credit hours
    General Electives18 credit hours
    Total credit hours for B.A. in Theatre Education120 credit hours


    Theatre Education Core Courses
    53 credit hours
    Acting (9 credit hours)
    THE 112: Acting I Intro to Acting3
    THE 212: Acting II Voice and Movement3
    THE 312: Acting II Methods3
    Theatre History (9 credit hours)
    THE 385: History of Musical Theatre3
    THE 390: Theatre History3
    THE 391: Contemporary Drama3
    Production (8 credit hours)
    THE 148: Stagecraft and Design3
    THE 248: Stategcraft and Design II or THE 338: Costume and Makeup or THE 425: Directing3
    Youth Theatre (3 credit hours)
    THE 320: Theatre for Young Audiences3
    Education (6 credit hours)
    EDU 201: Early Experiences for Prospective Teachers3
    EDU 250: Exceptionalities in Education3
    Psychology (6 credit hours)
    PSY 310: Child and Adolescent Development3
    PSY 382: Learning3
    English (6 credit hours)
    ENG 322: Shakespeare3
    ENG 378: Children’s Literature3
    Theatre Electives (6 credit hours)

    Suggested Electives:

    THE 101: Production (Cast or Tech section)1
    THE 151: Applied Voice1
    THE 171: Applied Piano1
    THE 167: Dance 1: Ballet2
    THE 168: Dance 2: Jazz2
    THE 175: Musicianship and Piano 13
    THE 176: Musicianship and Piano 23
    THE 180: Music Appreciation3
    THE 225: Arts in Society3
    THE 295: Special Topics1 – 3
    THE 315: Classics3
    THE 325: Business and Technology for the Actor3
    THE 332: Improvisation3
    THE 345: Stage Combat3
    THE 412: Acting 4: Audition Techniques3
    Six (6) additional credit hours earned either in THE or combined with ENG 425: Women on Stage
    No more than two (2) credit hours as THE 151: Applied Voice
    No more than two (2) credit hours as THE 171: Applied Piano
    No additional hours permitted as THE 101: Theatre Production
    General Electives
    18 credit hours
    Must complete 18 elective credit hours18
  • Faculty
    Matt Hodge, WPU professor.
    Associate Professor of Musical Theatre and Theatre
    Associate Professor of Theatre and Musical Theatre
    Wade Newhouse, WPU Professor.
    Program Director of Theatre; Professor of English
  • Performances

    2018-2019 Season

    Main Stage Productions

    • Speech and Debate
    • Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
    • Julius Caesar
    • Hair
    • WPU Dance Concert


    • 24-Hour Playfest
    • Senior Recitals
    • One Night Only (Student-Directed Cabaret Evenings)

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    2017-2018 Season


    • An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe
    • The Wild Party
    • Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
    • Assassins
    • King Lear (Partnership with Honest Pint Theatre Company)
    • WPU Dance Concert


    • 24-Hour Playfest
    • WPU Singers Choral Concerts
    • Senior Recitals
    • One Night Only (Student-Directed Cabaret Evenings)

    2016-2017 Season


    • Kiss Me, Kate
    • The Laramie Project
    • Noises Off
    • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
    • WPU Dance Concert


    • The Pillowman (Student-Directed Production)
    • Finding Clara (Student-Directed Staged Reading)
    • One Night Only (Student-Directed Cabaret Evenings)
    • 24-Hour Playfest
    • WPU Singers Choral Concerts
    • Senior Recitals

    2015-2016 Season


    • The Music Man
    • The Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom
    • Twelfth Night
    • American Idiot
    • WPU Dance Concert


    • Macbeth (Staged Reading for Shakespeare Marathon in partnership with NC Museum of History and Burning Coal Theatre)
    • One Night Only (Student-Directed Cabaret Evenings)
    • 24-Hour Playfest
    • WPU Singers Choral Concerts
    • Senior Recitals

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