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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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.
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.
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.
All courses and course descriptions for each degree type can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog:
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.
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:
*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):
BFA – Stage Management or Design/Theatre Technology
All interested applicants should contact Dr. Victoria Spangler at (325) 670-1404 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
Any inquiries regarding these requirements should be made to Victoria Spangler at (325) 670-1404 or email@example.com.
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.
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.
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Audition Dates for BFA Program and Theatre Scholarships
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.
Apply online to Hardin-Simmons University using the Online Application.
These forms must be submitted, either online or by mail, no later than 10 days prior to your audition date.
Visit the Hardin-Simmons University Financial Aid Website for more information on other scholarship opportunities.
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—A musical picnic event at the duck pond. No admission charge. Duck Pond on the HSU campus.
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
Nove. 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
For all plays
For musicals: Little Shop of Horrors and Into the Woods
Starting August 17, 2020, tickets may be purchased by calling the Van Ellis Theatre box office (325-670-1405) or online at the HSU Theatre web page.
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