Performing Arts Studies

The Performing Arts Studies program prepares artists and leaders for a diverse and challenging job market and, through an integrated curriculum, trains practitioners in the field to impact the development and welfare of their community through viable arts experiences. 

FAST FACTS

All students are eligible for scholarships provided through the performing arts program.

Three mainstage productions are produced each year, as well as student directed scenes.

Our costume shop contains the largest costume wardrobe in northwest North Carolina.

What You'll Study

Five areas of performing arts are the focus of this major: artistic direction, performance, arts management, technical theatre and cultural, critical and historical perspectives.

This array of choices means you can foster whatever artistic interest you have, from on stage to off stage to above the stage! Your courses will range from basic acting to costume design to private voice to directing, and through it all you’ll be surrounded by fellow artists, both students and professors.

Beyond the Classroom

Intern with Lees-McRae’s professional Summer Theatre company, travel to England or New York City during our May term and participate in mock auditions in front of multiple professional companies.

You'll also have the opportunity to travel to the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) – the largest theatre conference in the U.S. – with faculty and peers to build connections and find employment.

Performing Arts Studies Organizations

Alpha Psi Omega National collegiate dramatics honor society
Nu Delta Alpha National dance honor society

After Graduation

Common Career Areas

Acting
Designing
Building Construction
Wardrobe Assistant
Stage Management
Arts Management

Alumni Success

Technical Direction Graduate Student North Carolina School of the Arts
Performer/Administrative and Production Assistant Luminocity Entertainment Division (L.E.D.)
Stage Manager Riverside Center the Performing Arts
Costume Designer Twin City Stages
Theatre Teacher Rockingham County Schools

Meet the Faculty

Paul Adamson
Instructor of Music/Accompanist

Danielle Curtis
Associate Professor of Performing Arts; Assistant Dean of Arts, Humanities and Education; Director of Theatre Arts

Michael Hannah
Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Performing Arts

Holly Hendricks
Voice Instructor

Scott Koenig
Co-Technical Director in Performing Arts

Stacey Trivett
Adjunct Dance Faculty

Gabriel Vanover
Assistant Professor of Performing Arts

Pam Joslin
Operations Manager, Performing Arts Administrative Assistant

Ready to take the next step?

We're glad to hear that! Our admissions office is ready to guide you through the process.