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Theatre Arts

At Rollins, you’ll learn more than how to play a part on stage—you’ll learn to become an active participant in the world. Recently ranked among the nation’s top BA theatre programs, our curriculum offers rigorous and individualized theatrical training in a dynamic liberal arts environment, where your performances are strengthened with insights from psychology, English, sociology, art, music, and history.

The on-campus Annie Russell Theatre—Florida’s oldest continually operating theatre—is your main stage and primary classroom where you’ll hone your craft in front of a paying audience. You can choose to concentrate in performance, design and technical theatre, directing, musical theatre, or dramaturgy. Along the way, you’ll develop the technical know-how and life skills that will prepare you to create, shape, and share stories of substance and meaning in fields as varied as entertainment and business.

Why Study Theatre Arts at Rollins

The Rooms Where It Happens

Whether it’s on stage, backstage, in the costume studio, or the scene shop, our state-of-the-art spaces are where stories come to life.

Production Opportunities

From performing in, directing, and designing for everything from golden-age musicals to student-written pieces, you’ll have many opportunities to hone your craft in front of an audience.

Deeply Connected Learning

You’ll be invited to jump in and take risks in the classroom, on our stages, with our community partners, and on our international field studies.

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Christopher Fitzgerald
“My adventure in the theater department was a true work-study experience. On one hand I was exposed to all elements of theater: history, stagecraft, directing, acting, all helping to lay a foundation of learning. On the other, I had this unique opportunity to make theater for a paying audience. The chance to create shows and work with vibrant students and professors was an awakening about how theater is made and what it really takes to do it well.”

Christopher Fitzgerald ’95

Broadway Actor, Three-Time Tony Nominee
Waitress, Young Frankenstein, and Wicked

Rollins Theatre Arts Careers

Rollins theatre arts grads are making tomorrow happen at some of the world’s most innovative companies.

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Janis Hirsch ’72

Sitcom Writer/Producer, Frasier, Will & Grace, The Nanny

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Megan Borkes ’10

Actor, original cast of Tales of Beedle the Bard, Universal Studios

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Isabella Ward ’15

Dancer and Actress, National Broadway Tour of Cinderella the Musical

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Akin Ritchie ’11

Resident Lighting Designer, Virginia Arts Festival

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Michael Schantz ’05

Actor and Director; Co-Founder, Wheelhouse Theatre Company

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Kathleen Capdesuñer ’17

Directing Fellow, Roundabout Theatre Company

Real World Experience

From community engagement courses to internships, theatre arts students hone their skills in the real world.

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Popular Courses

As artists in a liberal arts environment, you’ll explore the rich variety of courses within our department, where you’ll find small classes, one-on-one advising, and a commitment to flexibility and responsiveness.

THE 225
Improvisational Theatre I: Fundamentals

Investigate the foundational concepts and principles of improvisational theater that enable collaborative, spontaneous play. Emphasis is given to narrative, scenic structure, and team-based creativity.

Students practice improv together in the Black Box Theatre.
THE 112
Fundamentals of Theatrical Design

Learn the creative process fundamental to designing for the stage, with a focus on visual communication and critical response, through drawing, painting, collage, and research.

THE 255
Acting for Musical Theatre I

Delve into lyric analysis and the history and context of different writing styles, including classical aria, 19th-century patter song, American standard, and Broadway and West End musicals.

THE 333
Directing I: Fundamentals

Study directing terminology, formulation of ground plan, communication with actors, and concepts such as visual pause, beats, and blocking.

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THE 337
Voice III-Dialects

Examine the process of speech mechanics associated with patterns of speech other than Standard American, and you’ll nail that Irish brogue by the end.

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THE 336
Theatre for Social Change

Explore modern theatrical practices that utilize performance to facilitate social awareness and change, and consider a variety of performance practices, such as theater of the oppressed, psycho/sociodrama, and playback theater.

A Day in the Life of a Rollins Theatre Arts Major

“Being a theatre major at Rollins is inspiring; every day I am lucky enough to work alongside my closest friends to produce phenomenal shows in the longest-running (and most beautiful) theatre in Central Florida all the while perfecting my craft and growing as an artist.”

Kaitlyn Harrington ’18

Development Assistant, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Beyond the Classroom

Rollins Improv Players Committed to service and entertainment through performance, this on-campus improv troupe engages the Rollins community in challenging, provocative subject matter ripe for discussion and discovery.

International Field Studies Ongoing international experiences at the Prague Quadrennial in the Czech Republic and Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival encourage exposure to different perspectives and approaches.

Theatre and Autism This innovative course created in partnership with OCA, a nonprofit organization for people with special needs, allows you to put your skills to the test in the real world while serving our community.

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Expert Faculty

Experts in their field and respected members of the professional theatre community, our group of educators stand ready to make an investment in your development as an artist and a scholar.

Department of Theatre & Dance
Annie Russell Theatre
1000 Holt Ave. – 2735
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.646.2501

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