Our round-table learning philosophy cultivates critical and analytical thinking, while surrounding you with a creative community to inspire, support and challenge you to reach your full potential. The program focuses on integrating a comprehensive curriculum with a multitude of opportunities for valuable hands-on experience—from productions to workshops, internships, study abroad, and more. Offering majors in Musical Theatre, Performance, and Technical Theatre.
The Theatre program at Coker University is dedicated to the growth and development of student artists. We strive to help them achieve their career goals, whether that is moving straight into the professional worlds of performance, craftsmanship or design, onto graduate school, or to one of the many arts related endeavors possible with this versatile degree. Coker University as a whole is a supportive environment for students who thrive in small settings where they get meaningful one on one attention and lifelong mentorship.
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
COKER THEATRE FACTS
-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?
Coker Theatre Faculty:
Associate Professor Josh Webb- Program Coordinator, Theatre and Musical Theatre. Instructor of all theatre design and technology courses
Professor Phyllis Fields- Instructor of theatre general education course, writing courses, and theatre history courses
Visiting Assistant Professor Jesse Galas- Instructor of all performance based classes and director of theatre productions