Theatre Arts Education

The Teacher Education program at Lees-McRae has achieved the high standards required to maintain accreditation by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). Building on a liberal arts core curriculum, the program curriculum has a balance of philosophy, theory, and practice for effective teacher preparation.


SAT scores for students who participated in drama or studied drama in school were 65 points higher in verbal and 34 points higher in math.

Students who do drama are three times more likely to win an attendance award at school than their non-drama peers.

What You'll Study

You will work your way from the front of the stage, to the back of the stage and into the classroom with dance, movement, lighting, production, directing, costuming and student teaching.

Courses will focus on your dual interests of theatre and education, allowing you to develop your skills as a performer or technician while learning how to convey those skills as a teacher yourself. Your classroom experiences will be enhanced with regular experiential learning, preparing you to be the most effect you can be in your career as an educator.

Beyond the Classroom

You are provided the opportunity of early experience in the program to collaborate with Exceptional Children Professionals. Your experience in the K-12 classroom begins in your first semester and continues into your second semester of our program with observations hours, followed by an internship in your third semester and your student teaching in your fourth and final semester. In addition, class trips, student research and other experiential learning opportunities will also be offered.

After Graduation

Common Career Areas

Career information is provided through Vault and O'Net. Current Lees-McRae students can see the full results on Vault using their student email and password. 

Meet the Faculty

Pamela Vesely
Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Education, Director of Education

Joshua Yoder
Director of Theatre Arts, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts

Susan Dean 
Professor of Teacher Education

Paul Adamson
Instructor of Music/Accompanist

Shauna Godwin
Dance Instructor

Michael Hannah
Program Coordinator and Professor of Theatre Arts

Holly Hendricks
Voice Instructor

Pam Joslin
Operations Manager, Theatre Arts Administrative Assistant

Scott Koenig
Co-technical Director for Theatre Arts

Stacey Trivett
CAPA Director

Janet Barton Speer
Professor Emeritus
Artistic Director, Summer Theatre

Guest Artists:
Kara Wooten
Dustin Gibson
Todd Teagarden

Ready to take the next step?

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