Jul 16, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Theatre and Cinema

Richard E. Dunham, Chair, Department of Theatre and Cinema

The Department of Theatre and Cinema offers liberal arts and pre-professional studies culminating in one of two degrees and several minors in Theatre and Cinema. Students of theatre receive instruction that is rich in diverse perspectives and cross-disciplinary experiences. The department and our students are supported by a strong production program which makes significant contributions to the cultural life of the university and community.

Theatre and Cinema Department

The Theatre Program is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). The program provides students with a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum emphasizing the study and practice of performance, design/technical theatre, history and cinematic arts, preparing a graduate to pursue a professional career in theatre or study at the post-baccalaureate level.

The theatre program provides a challenging variety of performance opportunities in classical, contemporary, musical and children’s theatre productions. Participation in department productions is open to all students enrolled in Radford University.

Students in the department may earn either a B.A. or B.S. degree with a major in theatre, theatre minors and/or a minor in cinema and screen studies.

Admission Requirements

To be accepted as a theatre major an applicant must complete an entry interview.  Interviews are scheduled on campus by contacting the chairman, Richard Dunham.

Departmental Requirements

Theatre majors must meet the following program expectations:

  • Student must be enrolled EACH semester in ONE of the following production courses: THEA 231 , THEA 232 , THEA 260 , THEA 360  or THEA 476 .
  • Students who are on probation at the beginning of a semester will not be cast or hold a major crew position during that semester. Exceptions will be granted only if the position is directly required for a course in which the student is enrolled.
  • The department requires all theatre majors to receive written permission from the department chair prior to auditioning, interviewing or accepting a role or position in any production or project outside of the department during the fall and spring semesters.
  • Theatre majors must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in department courses for graduation.
  • Theatre majors are required to attend monthly departmental meetings held the first Monday of each month.
  • Theatre majors must complete all production assignments (a minimum of one per semester) and attend regular periodic reviews in order to remain in good standing as a major.

Academic Programs

Theatre, B.A. (E, L)  

Theatre, B.S. (E, L)  

Cinema and Screen Studies Interdisciplinary Minor (A)  

Theatre Minor  

Theatre Performance Minor (E)  

Theatre Production Minor (L)