The South Carolina School of the Arts at Anderson University trains professional visual, musical, and theatrical artists who are serious about developing their talent and their faith. You will receive mentorship to develop your artistry to its fullest potential so you may one day thrive professionally in service to others through the arts. The South Carolina School of the Arts offers a variety of courses of study in theatre and dance: BFA in Musical Theatre; BFA in Acting; BA in Theatre; BA in Dance; and a concentration in Theatrical Design. The Department of Theatre and Dance is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.
B.F.A. in Musical Theatre
The B.F.A. in Musical Theatre prepares students to succeed as performers at the professional level. In this rigorous program, students take classes in acting, singing, and dance. In this regard, the program seeks to equip students as ”triple threat” performers, highly capable in all three areas.
B.F.A. in Acting
The B.F.A. in acting is intended to develop an actor’s vocal presence, physical presence, imagination and concentration. With five levels of studio acting, students master the primary acting style necessary to successfully compete as a professional, including Stanislavski, Chekhov, Miesner and Hagen. This professional degree prepares students for a full-time career in performance.
B.A. in Dance
This degree program allows students to strengthen their dance technique in order to pursue dance performance at the highest professional level. Students will learn ballet, tap, jazz, and modern from professors who have professional dance experience from Broadway National Tours to professional ballet companies.
B.A. in Theatrical Design
The Theatrical design concentration allows students to develop design and execution skills in scenery, lighting, and costumes. There is an emphasis on cultivating team-building and leadership skills in order to produce theatre productions of the highest standards.
B.A. in Theatre
This flexible degree program is intended for students who want to pursue a specific minor, or even double major. This program allows students to tailor the degree to their specific interests through the various theatre courses offered. This is an option for theatre management, directing, or dramaturgy.
Theatre students have the opportunity to travel to NYC with their professor and accompanist to work with NYC professionals, see amazing Broadway productions and audition for NYC agents
Junior, Ashlyn Uribe won the KCACTF musical Theatre Initiative in 2016 followed by Bethany Mansfield in 2017. These ladies were invited to sing at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC
Senior Costume Design Major, Kennedy Reid Roberts took home 2nd place in KCACTF’s regional Costume Design for her designs in “Othello” by William Shakespeare
Dance faculty member, Lauren Imhoff performed in Broadway’s The Wizard of Oz, as a swing in the ensemble and as an understudy for Dorothy
Alicia Caldwell and Ben Weston came to our Modern dance classes for a Master class in African Dance
Some of AU’s dancers and dance faculty had the privilege of attending and performing some faculty and student choreographed pieces at the ACDA Conference
Oliva Stacher, a Dance major at AU, was chosen as a Senior VIP Finalist earning her a spot in their large group number for the closing show of the JUMP Dance Convention
Tango Interrupted is a modern dance piece choreographed by Terrie West Poore that was performed at the Annual Dance Concert