Theatre Program

The mission of Hardin-Simmons University Theatre is to provide a broad-based education in the core areas of theatre:  Directing, Performing, Design and Technical Theatre, Theatre History, and Theatre Education while supporting and incorporating the Christian faith. The Department aims to foster dedication and passion in our theatre students and provide the intellectual and experiential resources required to excel in educational, community, regional, and professional theatre endeavors.

Departmental goals are: (1) to establish and support a viable, substantial, and well-rounded undergraduate theatre program; (2) to conscientiously encourage theatre students to explore all career options in theatre including teaching, directing, performance, design, technical theatre, stage management, and arts management; (3) to support Christian faith in the creation and pursuit of the arts; (4) to help the student realize his/her potential in becoming an intelligent, responsible citizen as well as creative, responsive adult.

In addition to our performance-focused degrees, we also have a Theatre Education program. Our three theatre facilities ensure we have the right space for all of our performances.

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Victoria E Spangler-Associate Professor of Theatre at the College of Fine Arts

Victoria Spangler

Associate Professor of Theatre

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Majors

  • Theatre (B.A.)
  • Theatre (B.B.S.)
  • Theatre, Acting Track (B.F.A.)
  • Theatre, Musical Theatre Track (B.F.A.)
  • Theatre, Stage Management Track (B.F.A.)
  • Theatre, Theatre Design Track (B.F.A.)

Minors

  • Theatre Minor (B.A., B.B.S.)

WHY STUDY THEATRE AT HSU?

Acting, directing, producing - all in one!

Theatre students will be personally involved and trained in every aspect of production – from performance to stage management to directing to technical and design. Producing eight shows a year allow numerous and rich opportunities for all Theatre students, including the opportunity to perform on stage beginning freshman year.

Travel Opportunities

The HSU Theatre program offers two unique travel opportunities for students. The department alternately travels to New York City and Edinburgh, Scotland every other year. The New York trip in June is filled with Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, workshops, conversations with professionals, and enough freedom to explore the area. The two-week trip in Scotland in August centers on the International Fringe Festival – the world’s largest theatre festival. Our students tour, perform, and see as many shows as they can up and down the Royal Mile.

Excellent Faculty

HSU Theatre instructors are first-rate. A small and select full-time faculty allow the Theatre department to supplement with numerous specialized teachers and professionals. The Theatre faculty includes a resident costumer, a dance teacher/choreographer, a master professor of technical theatre, a vocal instructor, and an associate professor whose specialties include acting, directing and theatre education.

Program Details

Students seeking admission into the BFA Program (Acting and Musical Theatre tracks only) must audition for acceptance. Students seeking admission into the BFA Program (Stage Management or Design/Theatre Technology) must schedule a departmental interview.

Audition/Interview Requirements for HSU Department of Theatre BFA/Scholarship Auditions

BFA – Acting

All applicants interested in auditioning for the BFA degree in Acting must select an audition date and prepare the following audition materials in addition to the required application forms online.

Acting Audition Requirements:

  • Perform two age-appropriate, contrasting contemporary monologues
  • Perform one classical piece
  • (Have a fourth monologue of your choice prepared if so requested)
  • Each monologue should be memorized and 60-90 seconds in length
  • Applicants should have read the entire play from which the monologue comes in order to comprehend the given circumstances of the character
  • A chair will be provided for your audition should it be needed

*Note: This will also count as a theatre scholarship audition


BFA – Musical Theatre

All applicants interested in auditioning for the BFA degree in Musical Theatre must select an audition date and prepare the following audition materials in addition to the required application forms online.

Musical Theatre Audition Requirements (an accompanist will be provided):

  • Perform two contrasting Broadway songs (one Golden Age and one contemporary) – 32 bars – have a third song prepared if requested
  • Please bring your sheet music clearly marked for the pianist
  • Perform two age-appropriate, contrasting contemporary monologues – memorized and 60-90 seconds each
  • At the end of the auditions, all Musical Theatre applicants will participate in a dance call – please bring appropriate dance attire.

*Note: This will also count as a theatre scholarship audition


BFA – Stage Management or Design/Theatre Technology

All interested applicants should contact Dr. Victoria Spangler at (325) 670-1404 or vspangler@hsutx.edu to schedule an interview

*Note: This interview will fulfill the requirement for theatre scholarship consideration


BA, BBS, and Theatre Minors

All applicants interested in applying for a theatre scholarship:

  • Perform one age-appropriate, contemporary monologue
  • Perform one classical piece
  • (Have a third monologue of your choice prepared if so requested)
  • Each monologue should be memorized and 60-90 seconds in length
  • Applicants should have read the entire play from which the monologue comes in order to comprehend the given circumstances of the character
  • A chair will be provided for your audition should it be needed

Any inquiries regarding these requirements should be made to Victoria Spangler at (325) 670-1404 or vspangler@hsutx.edu.

Photo of an HSU theatre graduate attending grad school at Brooklyn College.HSU graduates are working in their field. From New Hampshire to Virginia to Dallas to New York, our theatre grads are in demand. They are teaching, acting, stage managing, and designing. They work at schools, independent theatres, regional theatres, and touring companies. They are being accepted into the country’s top graduate programs. Armed with the skills, training, and experience that they need to succeed, they are soaring.
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Acting head shot of HSU theatre graduate Michael Fosha.

Theatre Patrons:  In our ongoing efforts to provide high quality arts entertainment while also keeping you and our performers safe and healthy, we are in the process of implementing several measures for the upcoming season:

  • Audience capacity will likely be limited to 50%; seating/groups will be appropriately spaced.
  • Seating area will be cleaned and disinfected before and after each performance.
  • Patrons will be asked to wear masks upon entering the building and may be asked to wear masks during the performance.
  • Patrons are asked and encouraged to reserve and pay for tickets online.  There will be a limited number of tickets available for purchase at the door.
  • Live streaming, in conjunction with live performance, is also being considered at this time.

We are confident that, with a few minor adjustments, we will be able to deliver a sparking and thrilling season of plays to you. We will update this information as changes and adjustments are made. See you at the theatre!

Theatre Scholarships are available to students majoring or minoring in theatre – audition required.

Students seeking admission into the BFA Program (Acting and Musical Theatre tracks only) must audition for acceptance.

Students seeking admission into the BFA Program (Theatre Education, Stage Management, and Design/Theatre Technology) must schedule a departmental interview.

(please follow the instructions below)

Audition Dates for BFA Program and Theatre Scholarships

  • Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 (9 a.m.–12 p.m.)
  • Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 (1–5 p.m.)
  • Friday, Feb.21, 2020 (1–5 p.m.)
  • Friday, April 3, 2020 (1–5 p.m.)
  • Saturday, April 4, 2020 (9 a.m.–12 p.m.)

Please view the Requirements tab above for audition/interview guidelines.

You will be notified of your audition time the week prior to your audition. An accompanist, should you need one, will be provided at no cost. Should you have any questions please contact Victoria Spangler at (325) 670-1404 or F. Larry Wheeler at (325) 670-1511.


1. Apply to Hardin-Simmons University

Apply online to Hardin-Simmons University using the Online Application.

2. Complete the Departmental Application

Non-Majors Applying for Theatre Scholarships

These forms must be submitted, either online or by mail, no later than 10 days prior to your audition date.

3. Determine the Need for Financial Aid

Visit the Hardin-Simmons University Financial Aid Website for more information on other scholarship opportunities.

THEA 1333 Intro. To Theatre 3
THEA 2303 Voice and Diction 3
THEA 2334 Acting I 3
THEA 2335 Stagecraft 3
THEA 3337 Theatre Lighting 3
THEA 3338 Costume Design 3
THEA 3339 Scene Design 3
THEA 4303 Modern Drama 3
THEA 4345 Theatre History: Greeks to 18th Century 3
THEA 4346 Theatre History: 18th Century to Present 3
THEA 4337 Directing 3
THEA 4341 Theatre Management 3
THEA 1131,1132,1133,1134 Workshop 4
Minor (Minimum 18 Credits) 18
Major 40
Foundational Curriculum 55
Electives 11
Total 124
THEA 1333 Intro. To Theatre 3
THEA 2303 Voice and Diction 3
THEA 2334 Acting I 3
THEA 2335 Stagecraft 3
THEA 3337 Theatre Lighting 3
THEA 3338 Costume Design 3
THEA 3339 Scene Design 3
THEA 4303 Modern Drama 3
THEA 4345 Theatre History: Greeks to 18th Century 3
THEA 4346 Theatre History: 18th Century to Present 3
THEA 4337 Directing 3
THEA 4341 Theatre Management 3
THEA 1131,1132,1133,1134 Workshop 4
Minor (Minimum 18 Credits) 18
Major 40
Foundational Curriculum 55
Electives 11
Total 124

Sept. 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m.
DirectFest 2020—A slate of plays directed and produced by the students who took Directing I in the spring of 2020. Van Ellis Theatre

Sept. 18 5:30 p.m.
Pops at the Pond—Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets, and join us for this outdoor musical review. No admission charge and no reservations necessary.

Oct. 7-10 7:30 p.m. & Oct. 11 at 2 p.m.
Little Shop of Horrors—Rock-horror-musical comedy by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. Van Ellis Theatre. Directed by Teri Wilkerson. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, Sept. 21. at noon. Call the box office 325-670-1405.

Nov. 18-21 at 7:30 p.m. & Nov. 22 at 2 p.m.
An Experiment with an Air Pump—Drama by Shelagh Stephenson. Van Ellis Theatre. Directed by Dr. Victoria Spangler

Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. & Jan. 24 at 2 p.m.
Director’s Cut—Student directed play. Title and director will be determined during the fall semester. Down Centre Stage, Lab Theatre in Van Ellis Theatre Building

Feb. 17-20 at 7:30 p.m. & Feb.20 and 21 at 2 p.m.
Into the Woods—Musical by Stephen Sondheim. Van Ellis Theatre. Co-directed by Dr. Chris Hollingsworth and Dr. Victoria Spangler

March 24-27 at 7:30 p.m. & Mar. 28 at 2 p.m.
A Comedy of Errors—Play by Williams Shakespeare.  Van Ellis Theatre.  Directed by Jenni Harbour

April 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Starlight Extravaganza—Dinner-cabaret event; musical fundraiser for Scotland travel. Van Ellis Theatre.  Tables: $350; Individual tickets: $65.

April 21-24 at 7:30 p.m.
DirectFest 2021—A slate of plays directed and produced by the students of Directing I. Van Ellis Theatre

Ticket Information

For all plays

  • General Admission $10
  • Military, seniors and students $5
  • HSU Faculty, staff and students free

For musicals:  Little Shop of Horrors and Into the Woods

  • General Admission $15
  • Military, seniors and students $10
  • HSU Faculty, staff and students $5

Starting August 31, 2020, tickets may be purchased by calling the Van Ellis Theatre box office (325-670-1405) or online at the HSU Theatre web page.

Victoria E Spangler-Associate Professor of Theatre at the College of Fine ArtsVictoria Spangler holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from McMurry University, Master of Arts in Theatre from Texas A&M Commerce, and a doctorate in Theatre at Texas Tech. She serves as our Artistic Director University Theatre; Department Head, Associate Professor of Theatre.
Trey SpiveyTrey Spivey received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from McMurry University. He is currently serving his second year as our Assistant Technical Director.
Richard TranskiRichard Transki attended Angelo State University majoring in Speech and Drama. He serves as our resident Costume Designer.
Teri WilkersonTeri Wilkerson received her Dance Masters Certification in 1985 and opened her dance studio, Dance Discovery, that same year. She serves as our adjunct Instructor of Dance.
Christopher HollingsworthChristopher Hollingsworth holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance from DePauw University, an M.M. in Opera/Vocal Performance from Binghamton University, and a D.M.A. in Vocal Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois. He serves as our Associate Professor of Voice and Director of Operas.
Katie HahnKatie Hahn holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from Abilene Christian University and an M.F.A. in Performance and Pedagogy from Texas Tech University. She serves as an adjunct professor of Voice and Diction, Stage Management, Theatre Management, and Intro to Theatre.

The Department of Theatre is a member of:

  • Texas Educational Theatre Association
  • Texas Non-Profit Theatre Association
  • Kennedy Center American Collegiate Theatre Festival
  • International Collegiate Theatre Festival
  • Student chapter of the Alpha Psi Omega National Dramatic Fraternity