Theater

Whether you prefer to be in the spotlight or behind the scenes, a theater major at Coker will deliver a comprehensive liberal arts education.

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.

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  • With a choice of three concentrations, the Coker theater program provides you with a thorough understanding of the theoretical, historical and cultural aspects of theater. Thanks to our discussion-based learning environment and a small professor-student ratio, the coursework challenges you to explore, communicate and defend your ideas. By graduation, you’ll be prepared for graduate school, further training at a professional school, or a career in theater.

    Concentrations:

    General

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

    Performance

    The performance concentration is designed for those who can’t resist the call of the spotlight. You will train and develop your skills in voice, movement and acting, to learn how to communicate and connect with an audience. Students majoring in theater with a performance concentration are required to audition for all theater program productions. Students are not, however, required to accept roles in all productions.

    Technical Theater

    With a technical theater concentration, you’ll learn the ins and outs of theater 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.

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    For a more detailed explanation of requirements, including course descriptions, download the Academic Catalog .

  • The world of theater offers a wide variety of career paths, from professional actor to technical director to costume designer. But the opportunities that a theater major provides don’t end there. The confidence and ability to effectively communicate ideas and emotions to an audience—which theater training provides more than any other major—translates to a multitude of careers, from business owner to sales consultant to teacher. Our graduates have gone on to become technical directors at colleges, teachers, actors, directors, admissions counselors, campus life administrators, writers and small business owners, but the theater major prepares you for nearly any professional setting.

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    Examples of alternate career paths you can follow with your theater degree:

    BACKSTAGE
    • Artist
    • Broadcast Technician
    • Carpenter
    • Costume Designer
    • Electrician
    • Film editor
    • Hair Stylist
    • Interior Decorator
    • Lighting Designer
    • Make-up Artist
    • Miniature Set Designer
    • Property Manager
    • Recordist
    • Rigger
    • Set Designer
    • Sound Designer
    • Special Effects Designer
    • Stage Manager
    • Wardrobe Supervisor
    PRODUCTION
    • Agent
    • Booking Manager
    • Box Office Manager
    • Casting Director
    • Company Manager
    • Executive Director
    • General Manager
    • House Manager
    • Marketing Director
    • Personal Manager
    • Public Relations Manager
    • Talent Manager
    • Theatrical Press Agent
    • Touring Production Mgr
    ACTORS
    • Computer
    • Film
    • Radio
    • Stage
    • TV
    ADDITIONAL
    • Advertising Specialist
    • Announcer
    • Clown
    • Coach
    • Comedian
    • Communications Specialist
    • Disc Jockey
    • Drama Therapist
    • Furniture Designer
    • Labor Relations Specialist
    • Manager
    • Media Relations Rep.
    • Mime
    • Newscaster
    • Playwright
    • Public Relations Rep.
    • Puppeteer
    • Script writer
    • Teacher
    • Ventriloquist
    • Writer
  • Graduates of Coker College have gone on to pursue a graduate degree at a number of institutions, including but not limited to:

    • University of South Carolina
    • Anderson College
    • Winthrop University
    • University of Dayton
  • Theater students at Coker College benefit from knowledgeable and experienced professors who are passionate about theater and the success of their students. Because your professors are engaged and invested in your education, you will receive the individual attention and training that will push you to grow and achieve. Whether you need a little extra help in class, advice on where to pursue an internship, or a stellar recommendation for grad school, you’ll find support and guidance all four years.

 
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