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Whether you prefer to be in the spotlight or behind the scenes, a theatre 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.


With a choice of three concentrations, the Coker theatre program provides you with a thorough understanding of the theoretical, historical and cultural aspects of theatre. 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 theatre.


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 voice, movement and acting, to learn how to communicate and connect with an audience. Students majoring in theatre with a performance concentration are required to audition for all theatre program productions. Students are not, however, required to accept roles in all productions.


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, a music major with a concentration in musical theatre will take you where you want to go. You will take courses in voice, acting, dance and theatre, supplemented with specific courses—like Broadway and Hollywood Musicals—plus numerous opportunities to perform. 


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

The world of theatre offers a wide variety of career paths, from professional actor to technical director to costume designer. But the opportunities that a theatre major provides don’t end there. The confidence and ability to effectively communicate ideas and emotions to an audience—which theatre 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 theatre major prepares you for nearly any professional setting.

For more information on potential career paths, click here.

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


  • 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

  • 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

  • Computer
  • Film
  • Radio
  • Stage
  • TV

  • 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

Deborah I. Bloodworth

Deborah I. Bloodworth, M.A.

Professor Emerita of Theater

Phyllis G. Fields

Phyllis G. Fields, M.F.A.

Professor of Theatre

Joshua Webb

Joshua Webb, M.F.A.

Associate Professor of Theatre; Coordinator of the Theatre Program