Coker University Theatre Program

General Theatre - BA

Performance - BA

Technical Theatre - BA

Musical Theatre - BA

Playwriting - BA


For students who want a comprehensive education in theatre, the general theatre concentration is individually designed. You can choose to develop your personal interests or encompass a broad base of theatre courses.

The performance concentration is designed for those who can’t resist the call of the spotlight. You will train and develop your skills in acting, movement, and voice to learn how to communicate and connect with an audience.

With a technical theatre concentration, you’ll learn the ins and outs of theatre tech—from set and lighting design to sound board operation to stage management. You’ll gain the practical and technical knowledge of everything that goes into putting on a production and managing a theater.

If musical theatre is your real passion, you will take courses in voice, acting, and dance to help you on your way to becoming a true triple threat. This theatre degree is supplemented with specific courses—like Acting the Song and History of Broadway and Hollywood Musicals—plus numerous opportunities to perform!

A good play starts with a solid script. With a concentration in Playwriting, you will learn the fundamentals of writing for stage—and then, you’ll bring that knowledge to life through the creation of your own dramatic scenes and an original one-act play.



Our alumni have gone on to work in professional theatre all over the country and the world, continued their education through graduate work in various fields like theatre, film, and psychology, and some have chosen to give back by becoming educators themselves. As a faculty we love staying in contact with our alumni and are continually impressed by and proud of their accomplishments. Some notable alumni are: 

  • Bill West-Davis Assistant Professor of Theatre, Limestone University

  • Holden Dorman Theatre Teacher, Chesterfield County Public Schools

  • Sarah McNamee Lighting Director, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando

  • Robin Bloodworth Professional Actor/Director

  • Tyler DeLoatch Musical Theatre Performer, Chicago 

  • Chris Dawson CNN Special Projects Producer

  • Sarah McNamee- Lighting Designer Universal Orlando and Project Manager CCR Solutions

  • Bill West-Davis- Project Specialist Productions Unlimited and Freelance Lighting Designer

  • Sam Reece- Musician (Yosamity)

  • Tyler DeLoatch- Chicago based actor/singer; studied with 2nd City



-The Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center was constructed in 1997, which includes: the Watson Theatre (Proscenium - 466 seats), Black Box Theatre (60 seats), 2 Dance studios with sprung floors, offices, classrooms with AppleTV, Scene Shop, Costume Shop, an atrium with Art Gallery, and a Music wing with Recital Hall and 10 practice rooms/pianos. 


-The McCall School for Visual and Performing Arts was endowed in 2020 with a gift of $1.2 million for scholarships and improvements. 


-Coker Theatre produces 2 mainstage/blackbox plays (Fall/Spring), 1 musical (Spring) and 1 student production (Fall) per year for a total of 4 productions. 


- Student-created work is highly encouraged and mentored by faculty.  The student group “Theatrical Expressions” is very active at the university and in the community featuring the “10 Minute Play Festival”, the “Haunted Trail” and much more!


- Senior Thesis projects are an opportunity for students to create a true Capstone of their experience at Coker University, which can take the form of performance, design, play/script writing, drama therapy, school outreach...where will your career in the Arts take you?



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