At Montevallo, we provide first-rate theatre training within
the context of a well-rounded liberal arts education. If you study
theatre here, you will be part of a highly personal department of over
90 majors. You will get to know your teachers well and work closely with
them both in and out of the classroom. While we are active in
professional organizations within our respective fields, teaching is our
first priority. Experienced faculty members teach all courses instead
of graduate students, and enrollment in acting classes typically ranges
from 8-20 pupils. We work hard to prepare students to directly enter
the profession, and the expertise of our full and part-time faculty
allows us to offer a range of classes that can match the curriculum of
much larger departments and universities.
While we will nurture and support your talents and aspirations, our
program is also a challenging and rigorous one aimed towards helping you to
achieve your career aspirations. Our curriculum provides each student with
a solid foundation in various acting techniques, play analysis, directing,
stagecraft, costume construction and lighting. We also offer a range of
upper-level, specialized classes in all areas including theatrical design.
B.S. in Theatre
Design/Technology: Costume Emphasis
Design/Technology: Scenic and Lighting Emphasis
students are required to formally pass a screening audition for BFA
degree tracks during their sophomore year; or after one semester for
**Students interested in Musical Theatre must audition for placement
in voice lessons and the Musical Theatre program. However, as with
the other BFA degree tracks, they must also pass a screening
audition in sophomore year to formally enter the BFA program with a
Musical Theatre emphasis.
Acting II (scene work emphasis), Acting III (period styles), Acting for the
Camera, Voice I and II, Movement I and II, Mask Work, Shakespeare, Acting
Workshop, Improvisation, Musical Theatre Performance I, II and III, Stage
Combat (rapier and dagger, unarmed) Audition Techniques, Dance Classes
(audition techniques, jazz, tap), Singing Voice instruction.
Directing I, Directing II, Directing III (includes an opportunity to
direct a play in the Spring Theatre Festival).
Costume Construction, Costume Crafts, Costume Design I and II,
Stagecraft I and II, Computer Aided Drafting, Scene Design I and II,
Stage Lighting, Lighting Design.
Theatre History I and II, Costume History, Period Décor for
Designers, Play Analysis, Theory and Criticism, Playwriting, Screenwriting,
Special Topics Film Seminars.
*We also offer a Career Preparation Seminar for B.F.A. students and
other junior/seniors, as well as independent project/study possibilities.
The "business" aspects of pursuing a career in the arts are discussed
both in and out of class, and our upper-level seminar course help students
prepare for their initial career move after graduation. While the faculty
encourages your development as artists here at UM, we also help you to
define your immediate post-college career goals and assist in preparing you
for that initial transition. Our students leave here knowing what they want
to do and having the necessary training and knowledge to pursue their
dreams. Regular guest artist seminar workshops, as well adjunct faculty and
guest directors or choreographers, further help our students hone their
skills and prepare for the future.