What You’ll Study

Studying theatre empowers you to work together with your peers to bring artistic visions to life. It prepares you to lead a life distinguished by self-awareness, open communication, and making a difference. Theatre studies within Warren Wilson’s well-rounded liberal arts curriculum will expand your intellectual, emotional, and practical capacities by teaching you the broad range of skills needed to create theatre and by investigating the purpose of theatre as collaborative art.

You have the opportunity to take courses spanning a range of plays, historical styles, and theatrical arts. You’ll apply your classroom learning in productions and projects staged by the Warren Wilson Theatre, the department’s performance laboratory. Here, in collaboration with diverse members of the campus community, you’ll explore contemporary staging techniques as applied to texts from various periods and cultures, as well as contemporary dramatic and post-dramatic texts, musical comedy, original, and devised work.

By studying theatre, you will develop:

  • the ability to recognize and articulate the purpose, value, and effectiveness of your own and others’ artistic work.
  • the fundamental skills necessary to participate in the effective implementation of a theatrical vision.
  • an appreciation of the importance of a good collaborative process as you gain an ever-greater investment in the artistic result.
  • theatrical contexts to better integrate your academic, work, and community experiences.

Explore Classes in This Program

THR 244

Improvisation for the Actor

The ability to identify and act on impulses is central to acting and many other activities. This course teaches you to access your innate abilities to create spontaneously, and, in the process, to build your self-confidence and collaborative skills. Activities include theatre games, movement exercises, storytelling exercises, and mask work. Because the work can lead in a number of directions (such as explorations of personality, social status, role-playing, character, and the use of improvisation as a rehearsal tool), the specific content of the course may change from year to year.

ENG 344

Literature and Culture of the Restoration and Queen Anne Period

In this course, you’ll examine diverse written materials and visual arts of England in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. During this period, English men and women witnessed continual wars with European powers, nation-shaking political plots and intrigues, a devastating outbreak of bubonic plague, the Great Fire of London, and the first actresses upon the London stage. Politicians and some writers of this age sought, against all odds, to restore stability to society and politics, while other writers and artists celebrated the new cultural freedoms at the royal court, as well as innovations in science, literature, and the theatre.

THR 315

Historic Costume Design for the Theatre

This course covers the theory and practical application of design. Through studies of color, form, balance, and accuracy of historical research, you’ll discover the total visual experience of the stage presentation as well as individual character analysis and interpretation. You also get to explore costumes through the ages for their aesthetic value and as reflections of and insights into the culture, history, and values of their times.

Meet Our Faculty

I don't think I would have gotten this part without Candace. Needless to say, when I showed up at Wilson, I knew I wanted to act, but I was scared... and it was the most terrifying thing ever. Candace worked with me just endlessly.

Lewis Pullman '15
Candace Taylor
Candace Taylor, MFA
Carol Howard

I love that all our first-year seminars partner with a local non-profit whose mission is related to the academic theme of the course. Students are asked to reflect upon why the organization is meaningful, and whether it’s the kind of work they might like to do upon graduation.

Carol Howard, Ph.D.
Carol Howard
Carol Howard, Ph.D.
Candace Taylor