Theatre at Trevecca - Benson Auditorium
The Dramatic Arts program at Trevecca is designed to prepare students for competitive careers in professional theatre, theatre education or graduate studies in theatre. During their work at Trevecca, dramatic arts majors focus on and explore one or more of the following collaborative facets of theatre: acting, directing, design (scenic, costumes lighting, etc.), playwriting, or stage management.
Students are encouraged to be creators of original stories through playwriting, not merely imitators or interpreters of other creative work in the performing arts. This level of artistic training in theatre better prepares students for solid, independent work among creatives in the industry after graduation. They not only learn critical thinking and scholarship in the discipline, but they also learn how the performing arts can serve their local communities and, where possible, the global community as well. Emphasis in theatre training at Trevecca is placed on what it means to seek a passion for Jesus and have compassion for those with whom one comes into contact on a daily basis.
Learning occurs through hands-on, real-world experiences in each phase of theatre production, both on campus and through off-campus internship experiences. Examples of past local internship placements include Nashville Repertory Theatre, Nashville Children’s Theatre, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Studio Tenn. Additionally, some students do their internships abroad in NYC, LA, or overseas.
The Dramatic Arts Program produces four or five theatre productions for the Trevecca campus and Nashville communities each year. Auditions are open to all students, and students majoring or minoring in the program are required to participate in some aspect of most on-campus productions.