Performing Arts Studies, BA, BS, Minor


Performing Arts at Lees-McRae

Performing Arts Studies 
Musical Theatre (BFA) 
Theatre Arts Education

About the Performing Arts Studies Program at Lees-McRae College

Through an integrated curriculum, the Performing Arts Studies program prepares artists and leaders for a diverse and challenging job market and trains practitioners in the field to impact the development and welfare of their comunity through viable arts experiences. Students study creative and artistic direction, performance, technical theatre, arts management and conduct academic research. Utilizing performance venues on campus, Hayes Auditorium, Broyhill Theatre, Lauritsen Technical Theatre and Design Studio and a professional company - Lees-McRae Summer Theatre - students gain hands on knowledge the moment they arrive on campus.

To assure each graduate is adequately prepared to enter the workforce, each PAS major must successfully complete four competencies with a high level of proficiency. These competencies are a capstone to their academic studies within the Performing Arts Department. All students must pass Competency Five and may choose three additional areas of competency from the remaining four. Coursework must be completed in all areas.

Competency One: Creative and Artistic Direction
Competency Two: Performance
Competency Three: Arts Management and Leadership
Competency Four: Technical Theatre
Competency Five: Critical and Cultural Perspectives

Program News

Lees-McRae students and faculty to attend SETC 2015 Annual Convention

Lees-McRae students are making moves to elevate their careers! On March 4, nearly a dozen students and six faculty and staff members from the Performing Arts Department will make the trip to Chattanooga, Tenn. for the four-day Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) 2015 Annual Convention.

Lees-McRae Performing Arts to present She Stoops to Conquer, February 26 – March 1

Get ready for a great night at the theatre! The Lees-McRae Performing Arts Department is proud to present the British production, She Stoops to Conquer, a classic comedy of errors that debuted in 1773. The production will premiere in Hayes Auditorium on the campus of Lees-McRae College on Thursday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. and run through March 1. All performances are open to the public.

2015 Summer Theatre Production Lineup; Season Begins June 26

It may still be wintertime, but Lees-McRae College already has great things in store for the High Country community for the upcoming summer months. The highly-anticipated 2015 lineup of the annual Lees-McRae Summer Theatre has officially been announced, and the 2015 summer season is sure to be yet another great year of theatrical treats.