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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Theatre

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Department of Theatre

Beki Baker, Assistant Professor and Academic Chair
Larry A. Brown, Professor
David Hardy, Assistant Professor
Mike Fernandez, Dean College of Entertainment and the Arts

The Lipscomb University Department of Theatre is dedicated to training the next generation of believer artists who
seek to have a positive influence on the world and become leaders in the entertainment industry. To achieve this, we have created a department built on the ideals of community, worship and quality training. It is also our goal to build an exciting theatre known for quality productions that entertain as well as challenge the community.

B.F.A. in Theatre with Track Emphasis

This pre-professional degree allows the dedicated theatre student an opportunity to take classes geared toward a specific interest in theatre. This degree is appropriate for those who upon graduation wish to go directly into the professional theatre world. It is also designed for those who wish to go to graduate school for an M.F.A.

B.A. Degree in Theatre or Theatre Education

The general theatre degree plan is an excellent choice for students who love theatre but also have other interests. Students wishing to double-major in theatre and some other field should pursue the general theatre degree.

Teaching is a noble career, and Lipscomb is known for producing excellent teachers. Students interested in teaching at the elementary, junior high, or high school level should choose the theatre education major.

Distinctives of the Theatre Department

Prestigious Advisory Board

Our department boasts an advisory board of Nashville’s finest theatre professionals from the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Nashville Repertory Theatre, Studio Tenn, Blackbird Theater Company and many others. 


Students are encouraged each summer to participate in internships throughout the city and the country. Our students have served at several prestigious theatres including the Nashville Children’s Theatre, Nashville Repertory Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, Creed Repertory Theatre, Florida Repertory Theatre, Peach State Theatre and the Nashville Shakespeare Festival.

London Study Abroad and New York Trip

Theatre students have a unique opportunity to spend a summer in London studying theatre and attending shows in London’s vaunted West End. Students can also spend one week a year going to New York to see Broadway shows and take workshops. Both trips offer course credit.

Foundation Dance Theatre

Newly founded by dance faculty members, Foundation Dance Theatre expands the training of Lipscomb University students interested in performing dance. FDT hosts auditions every semester for those interested, and all interested may apply.

Strong Professional Connections

Lipscomb is committed to hosting visiting artists with strong professional credentials. Previous artists include Broadway performers Eden Espinosa, Chuck Wagner, Eric Peterson, and Emily Ferranti, among many national touring artists. Major playwrights include John Patrick Shanley, Tina Howe, and Nashville-favorite Nate Eppler. Lipscomb also hires many local artists to share their areas of expertise.

Faculty Are Working Professionals

All of our faculty members currently work or have worked professionally at theatres across the nation. Academic Chair Beki Baker served as Education Director at the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Vali Forrester is Artistic Director of Nashville’s Actors Bridge Ensemble, and Nat McIntyre performed in the Lincoln Center Theatre’s production of War Horse, to name a few. 

Career Opportunities 

• Actor
• House manager
• Box office
• Personal manager
• Producer
• Critic
• Director
• Costume draper
• Dresser
• Creative dramatics
• Multi-media sales
• Recreation
• Recreational organizations • Consultants
• Agent
• Key grip
• Marketing manager
• Choreographer
• Costume designer
• Scenic designer
• Sound engineer
• Technical director
• Voice coach
• Workshops
• Industrial shows
• Community theatres
• Theatre industries 
• Sales
• Artistic director
• Best boy
• Publicity
• Production coordinator
• Costume cutter
• Dramaturge
• Fight choreographer
• Communication
• Radio broadcasting
• Park districts
• Artists
• Engineers
• Gaffer
• Lighting designer
• Casting director
• Costume builder
• Props master
• Screenplay writer
• Stage manager
• Theatre manager
• Teaching
• Commercials
• Television
• Corporations
• Technicians 

In addition to the fields listed above, there are other less obvious applications of the theatre degree. Theatre has been a growing trend by many graduate programs to encourage undergraduates to get a degree in something that is not directly related to their particular area. Law schools, medical schools and the like are beginning to understand how powerfully the following skills, all integral to theatre training, can equip one for their programs: working within a deadline, collaborative effort, stamina, conceptual skills, analytical thinking, fiscal responsibility, creativity, working successfully with people, communication skills, management skills, organizational ability, making an idea become tangible, creative research, taking direction, problem-solving and the confidence to embrace new ideas.

Program of Study Requirements


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