On behalf of the Theatre Arts Faculty, staff, student and alunmi throughout the globe, we delight in your interest in our program. The Theatre Arts Program at North Carolina A&T State University (NCATSU) is the home of the National Award-Winning Richard B. Harrison Players. We are committed to helping you to become the best theatre artist you can be. We offer an outstanding Bachelor of Fine Arts program that is dedicated to professionally training a student in his or her chosen area of either acting or technology. Our students have won numerous regional and national awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. We have been invitied to Region IV KCACTF competitions sixteen times and twice to the national festival held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Our entire faculty participates in the professional world of theatre as actors, directors, designers, technicians, and drama educators locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Also, the faculty continually presents at conferences thorughout the United States and overseas.When you choose to study theatre at NCATSU, you join a legacy of over 100 years of theatre arts education which began at our institution in 1898. Our program is one of only two Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with an accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Theatre.
The Theatre Arts Program offers a Concentration in Acting. The Acting Curriculum is an extensive program which includes multiple courses in Beginning Acting, Intermediate Acting, and Advanced Acting; as well as, courses in Acting Styles, Singing for the Actor, and Acting for the Camera. In these courses, students study character development, text analysis, audition preparation, and classical acting. Acting students also study a year of Voice and Movement. All theatre students take courses in Play Production, Stage Craft, Theatre History, African-American Drama, Make-up, Directing, Children's Theatre, and Management. Students have the opportunity for practical application of their newly acquired skills and knowledge in The Paul Robeson Theatre and Studio 321G which serve as the program's laboratory venues. Students have several performance opportunities thoughout the year. Four Paul Robeson Theatre Main Stage productions, Faculty Studio Productions, Student directed one-act studio works, and Cabaret Ensemble. While we take pride that our program is a small one which offers individual attention, we also take pride in our competitive admissions policy and high standards. First year students must complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts Audition before continuing on to the second year, and all students are required to participate in an annual Juried Evaluation.
We are devoted to training theatre professionals for the future. When you choose to study theatre in Aggie Land, you choose wisely!