ASFA Theatre Arts students explore the world of theatre to develop their individual talents and to contribute to the collaborative process of theatre. Students participate in all phases of the department’s work. A good actor appreciates the labor involved in creating scenery, props and costumes and a good technician appreciates the difficulty of creating a character on stage. Theatre Arts course study includes acting, diction, movement, theater history and directing as well as stagecraft, design and production courses, among others.
Acting faculty include artists from all areas of the world of theatre and film from the nation’s top conservatories and institutes. Among these are industry professionals who are members of the Screen Actors Guild and Actor’s Equity Association, who bring real world experience to the classroom. Technical Faculty includes Peggy Hammond, MFA, an experienced costume designer and educator and Laura Prim, a University of Virginia MFA graduate who has designed sets and lights for theatres across the United States and internationally.
Students have countless opportunities to participate in local school and community productions as actors, set designers, crew, and stage managers. Senior students use the broad range of skills they have honed to produce a one-act play.
Universities/Conservatories Accepted Into:
NYU-Tisch, CalArts, University of Southern California, North Carolina School for the Arts, Uta Hagen Institute, New York Film Academy, Royal Conservatory of Scotland, and the University of the Arts, Philadelphia.
Notable Theatre Alumni:
Ajiona Alexis: Film & television actress, Thirteen Reasons Why, Breaking In, Empire, Acrimony
Suzanne Collins: Author of The Hunger Games
Chuck Yates: Award-winning artistic director and producer, theatre founder, screenwriter
Aron Altmark: Lighting and production design Top 30 under 30 business owner and creative director of Visual Endeavors
Erica Oyama: Emmy-nominated producer and screenwriter