Performing Arts Studies, BA, BS, Minor

Through an integrated curriculum, the Performing Arts Studies program prepares artists and leaders for an eclectic and exciting job market. 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 (Coming Soon) and a professional company - Lees-McRae Summer Theatre - students gain hands on knowledge the moment they arrive on campus.

Students interested in pursuing the Performing Arts Studies track should take courses during the first year of study as advised by a designated faculty member of the Performing Arts Department. Speak with the Program Coordinator during your first two weeks of classes to be assigned to a PA faculty advisor.

Explore additional programs in Musical Theatre, BFA and Theatre Arts Education.

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Sample Courses

Arts Education and Outreach
Arts Management
Basic Lighting
Career Management
Dance Technique: Ballet and Modern
Dance/Choreography for the Theatre
Directing I, II
Fundamentals of Music
History of Drama/Theatre
Movement for the Stage
Performance of Literature
Period Acting
Principles of Acting
Principles of Design
Scene Design
Script Analysis
TV and Film for the Actor
World Culture and the Arts

See full degree and minor requirements in the College Catalog

Career Opportunities

A degree in Performing Arts Studies provides students with a full liberal arts undergraduate education, preparing them for graduate study or work in a variety of artistic disciplines, as well as providing the skills for work in other fields such as management, publicity, and marketing.

Recent alumni include Osmary Nieves (Actor, Lost Colony), Justin Hall (Designer, Twin City Stage) and Todd Morgan (Theatre Programming Coordinator, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts).

  • Acting
  • Arts Management
  • Costume Design
  • Directing
  • Technical Theatre


Danielle Curtis, MFA
Interim Chair, Division of Creative and Fine Arts, Assistant Professor for Performing Arts,
Technical Director
Lighting/Set Designer
Pam Joslin, BS
Administrative Assistant
Division of Creative and Fine Arts, 
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre
Michael Hannah, PhD
Program Coordinator for BFA in Musical Theatre, 
Assistant Professor for Performing Arts
Costume Designer and Director
Stacey Burgess Trivett
Adjunct Dance Faculty
Paul Adamson, MM
Staff Accompanist and Instructor
Drew Wallace
Assistant Technical Director
Erin Wallace
Summer Theatre Managing Director
Mindi Bishop
Costume Shop Supervisor
Assistant Director, Creative and Performing Arts Camp

Stephanie Bengtson
Adjunct Dance Faculty

David Craven, MFA
Program Coordinator for Performing Arts Studies
Assistant Professor for Performing Arts

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Danielle Curtis, MFA
Interim Chair, Division of Creative and Fine Arts, Assistant Professor for Performing Arts
Technical Director
Lighting/Set Designer