Theatre Major

Develop your creativity and share your vision with the world.

Our students aren't numbers. You're a close partner in an artistic community formed in the classroom, in the studio and through our CofC Stages productions. Even in your very first semester, you can get involved in productions and major-level classes. You'll gain valuable skills and experiences in all aspects of theatre — both onstage and off.

Why study theatre at the College of Charleston?

You'll find opportunities to sharpen your talents both on and off stage. Charleston is home to several local theatre groups that welcome students to perform or volunteer. Personalize your major and choose a concentration in:
  • theatre.
  • performance.
  • costume design and technology.
  • scenic/lighting design and technology.
  • theatre for youth.

What will I learn?

Through class work and hands-on learning, theatre students develop a wide range of skills. You'll do more than just hone your performance skills. You'll develop skills in adaptability and problem-solving. Learn to collaborate and communicate. Develop your analysis, social-awareness and time-management skills. Evolve your creativity. These skills easily translate to careers both in and out of the arts industry. 

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Program Highlights

You'll have the opportunity to work with mentors and professionals in a close-knit environment. Your process will be supported from page to stage. You will be able to express your vision. Our students' work has received national and regional recognition by Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) and more.
  • Hands-On Learning

    You'll have countless opportunities for hands-on learning. You can take part in the CofC Stages production season. You'll receive a personalized educational and artistic experience. You will work closely with faculty mentors, guest artists and talented staff. You'll develop the skills to create your vision from start to finish.

    Senior Project
    You'll have the opportunity to develop a capstone-style project in your junior and senior years. You may develop an in-depth project in your concentration. Projects have included options like:
    • advanced character work for a mainstage production.
    • writing a play or one-person show.
    • designing a mainstage production.
    • developing a stage management manual.
    • presenting a conference paper.
    Study Abroad

    You are encouraged to study abroad and explore the world. We will work with you to figure out the best time for travel. Theatre majors have traveled to England, France, Spain, Japan and more and are eligible to apply for SOTA travel scholarships.

  • Internship Opportunities

    You have the chance to be involved beyond campus. Charleston has numerous theatre companies and you may take part in their productions. Spoleto Festival USA comes to Charleston each spring. It provides many opportunities for internships. The City of Charleston also produces the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. You'll have opportunities for internships and mentored experiences. You may also work with faculty members on projects and research. These collaborations have received regional and national attention.

  • Location

    The College is located in the center of downtown Charleston, ripe with art and theatre. You'll be a part of a strong artistic community on and off campus. We offer a wide array of facilities and state-of-the-art equipment to students. Our spaces include a proscenium theatre, two black box theatres, costume and scenery shops and design and rehearsal studios.

Careers & Outcomes

You will graduate with a strong set of skills that apply to many careers. Our graduates have joined all areas of the entertainment industry across the country. You will even find our students using their theatre skills in careers as business owners, lawyers and doctors! Our recent students have gone on to be:
  • performers.
  • directors.
  • playwrights.
  • teachers.
  • designers.
  • technicians.
  • dramaturgs.
  • stage managers.

About the Minor

A minor in theatre is an excellent way for you to pursue your passion. You'll develop skills in communication and problem solving. You'll learn how to express yourself in whatever context you encounter.