Theatre | Media Performance & Production | Costuming & Cosplay | Theatre Education | Musical Theatre

FSU Theatre is home to a BA in Theatre with concentrations available in Media Performance, Media Production, Costuming & Cosplay, and Education (non-licensure), or students may pursue general theatre studies instead of a specific focus. We offer minors in Theatre, Dance, Costuming & Cosplay, as well as undergraduate certificates General Theatre, Musical Theatre, and Dance. We produce an annual season of mainstage shows, including children's drama, musical theatre, African American drama, classics, Play in a Day, and screen performances. Our program is led by world-class faculty with strong ties to the professional field. With deep ties to the professional theatre community in and around Fayetteville, our program maximizes student potential.

Why Choose Theatre?

Our academic program includes an internship and other professional development so students may anticipate working in the field upon graduation. Many of our productions are part of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, which showcases work from the nation's leading college and university theatre. Graduates of our program have gone on to graduate school, teaching or professional work in the field.

Where Will You Learn?

Most FSU Theatre productions take place in our 200-seat Butler Theater in the heart of the east FSU campus. Equipped with state of the art lighting and sound technology and a fully furnished scene shop, Butler Theater is home to most of our mainstage shows and many of our classes. We occasionally produce shows in FSU's 1100-seat Seabrook Auditorium, including our children's production and special classics and musicals.

Titus Emmanuel Ferrell

Titus Emmanuel Ferrell (class of 2011) was recently hired as a resident company member with Atlanta's Kaiser Permanente children's theatre touring company.

Stage & Screen, Costume/Cosplay, Dance, and Education Programs in Theatre

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We offer several exciting programs for students interested in stage and screen performance, design, production, directing, musical theatre, playwriting, and much more. Programs include:

  • BA in Theatre

  • BA in Theatre with a concentration in Media Performance

  • BA in Theatre with a concentration in Media Production

  • BA in Theatre with a concentration in Costuming/Cosplay

  • BA in Theatre with a concentration in Education (non-licensure)

  • Minor in Theatre

  • Minor in Dance

  • Minor in Costuming & Cosplay

  • Undergraduate Certificate in General Theatre

  • Undergraduate Certificate in Musical Theatre

  • Undergraduate Certificate in Dance

What Will You Learn in Our Programs?

Students majoring in Theatre with a concentration in Media Performance will complete intensive course work focused on performance for the screen including film, television, and social media, consisting of acting and voice work, characterization, camera studio work, and short films. ​Part of a general program collaboration between the Theatre and Communications areas​, new approaches seek to update courses using experiences with film, television and stage, to fill the need to expand professional practices in both areas and prepare students for lifelong careers in stage and screen ​performance.

Students majoring in Theatre with a concentration in Media Production will focus on audio, video, lighting, and stage production for film, television, and new media. The concentration looks intently at the crossover in production between theatre, television/film, and social media​, developing skills in a multidisciplinary platform that will broaden training and skill sets in various disciplines preparing them for lifelong careers in stage and screen ​production. 

Both concentrations are collaborations with FSU's Department of Communications and World Languages. 

Students may major in Theatre with a concentration in Costuming and Cosplay, ​developing studio, technical production, and artistic skills necessary to work in a variety of disciplines from traditional stage and screen costuming and props work to fantasy cons, Live Action Role Play, and much more. With classes in makeup, costuming, sculpture, mold making, and opportunities for props and mask work, this concentration will provide students an exciting set of in-demand skills and experiences ​that prepare​s them for worthwhile careers in the field. ​While this concentration is a collaboration with FSU's ​Visual Art program​, it may also be taken independently as a Minor. 

Students majoring in Theatre with a concentration in Education (non-licensure) will blend studies in traditional areas of theatre with ​required courses from FSU's College of Education ​that prepare them for lifelong work with students. Students will have both in-class and out-of-class opportunities to gain practical experience and technical proficiency, including those gained through campus-based theatrical productions and internships with local employers. The program takes a holistic approach toward the study of theatre that embraces relevant areas of review and practice within the disciplines of English, Communications, Education, as well as Theatre. This is a non-licensure concentration, though students will find themselves well prepared for teaching positions via lateral entry, working as Directors of Education for regional theatres and arts organizations, or ​establishing their own studios.

Alternatively, students may pursue general studies in Theatre without one of these concentrations.

Together, these concentrations and studies the FSU Theatre program position students for quality work in their chosen field. Each new offering blends with FSU's strong core of theatre classes and production experiences, ​providing students a broad practical and theoretical background in the theatre. FSU Theatre is proud to have developed students who've gone on to work as professional actors, production professionals, ​writers, and educators. 

Dance Certificate

FSU Dance is a minor and certificate program that offers an array of courses covering a variety of dance styles. Students begin with basic techniques and expand to more advanced work in modern dance, jazz styles, history, and even musical theatre. The certificate is ideal for artists wanting to improve their craft, resume, or prospects for studio teaching, performance, and classroom employment. Students will work closely with FSU Dance Ensemble, an on-campus group that rehearses and performs regularly. 

Musical Theatre Certificate

FSU Theatre offers a certificate program in Musical Theatre that develops the student's abilities in performance across acting, music, and dance areas, as well as the study of the history and contemporary practice of musical theatre. The certificate is ideal for artists seeking careers in musical theatre as well as educators who encounter musical theatre demands in their schools. Students will work closely with FSU Theatre company, which produces annual plays, musicals, and public performances.

What Will You Do with What You Learn in Our Theatre & Media Programs?

With drive, initiative, and ability, a degree, minnor or certificate in our programs prepares you for numerous career choices and possibilities. Practical skills in performance, communication, education, management, design, and production prepare you for careers in:

  • Actor Stand-in (film work)
  • Theme Park Entertainment
  • Comedian/Impersonator
  • Stunt Coordinator
  • Technical Director
  • Scenic Painter
  • Costumer/Draper/Dresser
  • Sound Board Operator
  • Light Board Operator
  • Master Electrician
  • Master Carpenter
  • Production Coordinator
  • Producer
  • Stage Management
  • Arts Marketing
  • Stage Hand
  • Properties Coordinator
  • Choreographer
  • Artistic Director
  • Arts Entrepreneur
  • Dramaturge
  • Playwright
  • Screenwriter
  • Direction
  • Conference Production & Management
  • Design
  • Props production
  • Arts Administration
  • Politics
  • Law
  • Technical Theatre & Production Management
  • Acting Education & Instruction
  • Theatre History
  • Theatre/Film Criticism
  • Writing Criticism
  • Talent Representation (i.e., agents)
  • Labor Relations
  • Producing Advertising/Marketing
  • Radio/TV Voice Work
  • Training & Development
  • Public Affairs
  • Box Office
  • Public Relations

FSU Theatre Company Ticket & Patron Information

Showtimes are indicated on the season listing. The student ticket price is in effect ONLY until curtain time. After curtain time, the full adult ticket price applies. Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited and FSU shows tend to sell out fast!

Contact Information
  • The FSU Ticket Office and Manager, Ms. Antoinette Fairley, can be reached at 910-672-1724.
  • Tickets are available for advance purchase at etix.com
  • For information, call (910) 672-2574 or email jfiebig@uncfsu.edu
FSU Theatre Company Ticket Policy
  • If you have a complimentary ticket, it must be picked up by 15 minutes prior to the show. If it is not picked up by curtain time, it is forfeited and you will be charged the full adult price.
  • Student prices apply ONLY to the student with the ID. Student tickets will be sold one per ID card. Students may only pick up their own tickets. Extra tickets will be charged at the full adult price.
  • Please Note: If you arrive after the show has started you may not be seated until an appropriate break in the play (for example at scene change or intermission.)
  • If you use a cell phone, flash camera or video camera during the show an usher will ask that you leave.
  • Theatre Etiquette and Guidelines for Audiences indicate NO cell phones, flash photos, digital devices or videotaping please!
  • Children are welcome at FSU Theatre productions; however, disruptive children may be escorted from the performance.
Be a Good Audience Member!

Credit given to EbzB Productions for the following Guidelines.

Unlike television and movies, theatre thrives on the participation of the audience. Audience reactions and responses can be heard by performers and have a direct effect on the quality of the entire performance. The following are guidelines to help new theatergoers understand both the importance and responsibilities of being a good audience member. Appropriate audience behavior ensures a good experience for everyone.

Be Orderly and Prompt - Safety is the primary concern. Please respect other audience members and the theatre building by entering and exiting in an orderly fashion. Please, no running, pushing, or horseplay. It is best to arrive fifteen minutes early, as latecomers can disrupt the performers and the audience-or may not be seated until later! Please visit rest rooms before or after the performance, or during intermission.

Read - A playbill is provided to inform you about the play and the actors you are about to see. Reading it before the lights dim will provide you with a deeper understanding of what you see and hear on stage.
Listen and Observe - There is so much to hear (dialogue, music, sound effects, inflection, etc.) and so much to see (costumes, props, set design, lighting effects and theatre architecture). Unlike video, you cannot rewind if you miss something. When the lights dim for the show to begin, it is the audience's cue to stop talking and begin listening.

Unplug - Please turn off all electronics or anything that beeps: cell phones, cameras, watches, etc. If you are with someone who has a hearing aid that emits a high pitch, please politely alert them to silence it. Inappropriate noises are a distraction for both the actors and the audience. Even whispering to your neighbor is considered an inappropriate distraction.

Please, 'Don't Feed The Audience' - Food, drink, and gum are not allowed inside the theatre. Katherine Hepburn, great stage and screen actress, once stopped a Broadway performance when she heard an audience member crinkling a candy wrapper! Eating and drinking, while permitted in movie theatres, is extremely distracting to live performers.

Laugh Out Loud - Positive audience sounds are encouraged. You may freely and honestly respond to the performance with by laughing, applauding, crying, and expressing any other forms of appreciation and emotion. And, by all means, please do participate if asked by the actors to contribute a verbal response.

Think - Think about your theatre experience during and after the performance. Are there lessons to be learned? How does the material apply to your life? Would you make the same decisions as the characters in the circumstances given? Did the performance inspire you? Are you happy, angry, bored, or encouraged by what you saw? Think it through and talk about it with others after the show.

Thank you and enjoy the performance!