Theatre Program

The Theatre Department at Hardin-Simmons University provides our students with the opportunity to examine the various theories and styles of the theatre and offers them opportunities to experience creatively and critically the artistic skills of this discipline.

It is the mission of the Department of Theatre to provide the serious student of the theatre a Christian environment which will reflect the ideas, dreams, and conflicts of humanity and to provide perspectives from which understanding and insight might be gained for a more meaningful life through the art of theatre.

It is the purpose of the department to lead students to achieve originality, creativity, imagination, and perspective with practicality that will enable them to perform all their tasks in the theatre and live with more self-confidence.

In addition to our performance-focused degrees, we also have a Theatre Education program.

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Larry Wheeler-Department Head of Theatre, Associate Professor of Theatre

Larry Wheeler

Department Head of Theatre, Associate Professor of Theatre 325-670-1511

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?

A theater student performs in a musical.

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.

singing trio singing on stage in HSU theater class

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.

HSU Theatre students perform in an opera.

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, three voice instructors, and an associate professor whose specialties include acting, directing and theatre education.

Program Details

BFA in Theatre

General Requirements

THEA 1131-1134* Theatre Workshops 4
THEA 1333 Intro. To Theatre 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 4337 Directing 3
THEA 4345 Theatre History: Greeks to 18th Century 3
THEA 4346 Theatre History: 18th Century to Present 3
BFA GENERAL REQUIREMENTS 34

*BFA Musical Theatre – 3 hours
+BFA Musical Theatre – 0 hours/BFA Theatre Education – 0 hours

Acting Track

THEA 2111, 3111, 4111 Voice, Diction, & Dialects 6
THEA 2112, 3112, 4112 Stage Movement/Dance 6
THEA 3336 Mask and Make-Up 3
THEA 3341 Acting: Shakespeare 3
THEA 3342 Acting: Period Styles 3
THEA 3343 Acting: Realism 3
THEA 3344 Acting: Auditioning 3
THEA 3345 Acting: TV and Camera 3
THEA 4375 Senior Showcase 3
THEA 4338 Directing 2 3
MUPS 1121 Voice 2
Elective 1
BFA General Requirements 34
Acting Track Requirements 39
Foundational Curriculum 51
TOTAL 124

Musical Theatre Track

THEA 2111, 3111, 4111 Voice, Diction, & Dialects 3
THEA 2112, 3112, 4112 Stage Movement/Dance 6
THEA 3336 Mask and Make-Up 3
THEA 3344 Acting: Auditioning 3
THEA 3343 Acting: Realism 3
MUTC 1131 Music Theory – Ear Training 1
MUTC 1132 Music Theory – Ear Training 1
MUTC 1133 Keyboarding 1 1
MUTC 1134 Keyboarding 2 1
MUTC 1235 Harmony 1 2
MUTC 1236 Harmony 2 2
MUPS 1121 Voice 3
MUPS 2121 Voice 4
MUPS 3121 Voice 4
MUPS 4121 Voice 4
MUEV 11XX Vocal Ensemble 1
MUEV 21XX Vocal Ensemble (two semesters) 2
MUEV 31XX Vocal Ensemble 1
BFA General Requirements 30
Musical Theatre Track Requirements 45
Foundational Curriculum 51
TOTAL 126

Stage Management Track

COMM 3302 Interpersonal Communication 3
COMM 3303 Small Group Communication 3
ETHC 3330 Ethics in the Fine Arts 3
LDSP 1301 Foundation of Leadership Studies 3
MGMT 3351 Into to Management 3
MGMT 3371 Non-Profit Management 3
MUSB 3301 Intro to Fine Arts Management 3
THEA 2237 Stage Management 3
THEA 3360 History of American Musical Theatre 3
THEA 4338 Directing II 3
THEA 4365 Stage Management Practicum (taken twice for credit) 6
BFA General Requirements 34
Stage Management Track Requirements 36
Foundational Curriculum 51
Electives 3
TOTAL 124

Theatre Design Track

THEA 4341 Theatre Management 3
THEA 4347 Advanced Design: CAD for light design 3
THEA 4348 Advanced Design: CAD for costume design 3
THEA 4349 Advanced Design: CAD for set design 3
THEA 4375 Senior Showcase 3
ART 1301 Drawing I 3
ART 1302 Design I 3
ART 1311 Drawing II 3
ART 2302 3D Design 3
ART 2321 Intro to Graphic Art 3
ART 2382 Fundamentals of Photography 3
ART 3320 Photoshop for the Graphic Designer 3
ART or THEA elective 3
ART 3333 Watercolor Painting 3
BFA General Requirements 34
Theatre Design Track Requirements 42
Foundational Curriculum 52
TOTAL 128

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.

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 – Theatre Education, Stage Management, and 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.

Our degrees prepare students to become actors, directors, performers, and/or support the production and design of stage performances.

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, November 3, 2018
  • Friday, February 1, 2019 from 1–5 p.m.
  • Friday, February 22, 2019 from 1–5 p.m.
  • Friday, April 5, 2019 from 1–5 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 6, 2019

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

Anything Goes

Music and lyrics by Cole Porter
Directed and choreographed by Teri Wilkerson
Musical direction by Dr. Melody Rich
October 3-6 at 7:30 p.m. and October 7 at 2:00 p.m. in Van Ellis Theatre
Anything Goes is set aboard the ocean liner S. S. American, where nightclub singer/evangelist Reno Sweeney is en route from New York to England. Her pal Billy Crocker has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt, but the problem is Hope is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Joining this love triangle on board the luxury liner are Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin and his sidekick-in-crime Erma. With the help of some elaborate disguises, tap-dancing sailors and good old-fashioned blackmail, Reno and Martin join forces to help Billy in his quest to win Hope’s heart.


Director’s Cut Series—Title TBD

Directed by Robert Taylor, Jr.
November 3 at 7:30 p.m. and November 4 at 2:00 p.m.; DownCentreStage LabTheatre, in the basement of the Van Ellis Theatre Building.
The purpose of our Down Centre Stage Laboratory Theatre is to give our students the opportunity to practice and demonstrate the skills that they are learning in class. The Director’s Cut provides a platform for them to do that. These student-driven productions go beyond the scope and requirements of class work but are not as complex as a fully realized mainstage production. The focus of this endeavor is on the process, be it directing or design or acting. Senior Robert Taylor will head this project.


Love/Sick

By John Cariani
Co-Directed by Kristen Pickop and Justin Holland
November 7-10 at 7:30 p.m. and November 11 at 2:00 p.m. in Van Ellis Theatre
John Cariani’s LOVE/SICK is a collection of nine slightly twisted and completely hilarious short plays. Set on a Friday night in an alternate suburban reality, this 80-minute romp explores the pain and the joy that comes with being in love. Full of imperfect lovers and dreamers, LOVE/SICK is an unromantic comedy for the romantic in everyone.


DirectFest Fall 2018

Student-directed one act play festival
December 7, 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Van Ellis Theatre.
Our annual one-act play festival directed, designed, performed and produced by HSU Directing I theatre students. Two nights of captivating theatre.


Time Stands Still

By Donald Margulies
Directed by Dr. Victoria Spangler
February 7-9 at 7:30 p.m. and February 10 at 2:00 p.m.; DownCentreStage LabTheatre, in the basement of the Van Ellis Theatre Building
Sarah, a photojournalist, and James, a foreign correspondent, are trying to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy. Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories, and together, making a difference. But when their own story takes a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life. Can you be an observer of horrific events—take pictures of them and record them—and still keep your sanity and have a somewhat normal life?


Little Women

Book by Allan Knee, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, and music by Jason Howland. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel.
Directed by Dr. Chris Hollingsworth
February 20-23 at 7:30 p.m. and February 23, 24 at 2:00 p.m. in Van Ellis Theatre
Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.


Director’s Cut Series—Title TBD

Directed by Michael Kelly
March 23 at 7:30 p.m. and March 24 at 2:00 p.m.; DownCentreStage LabTheatre, in the basement of the Van Ellis Theatre Building
The purpose of our Down Centre Stage Laboratory Theatre is to give our students the opportunity to practice and demonstrate the skills that they are learning in class. The Director’s Cut provides a platform for them to do that. These student-driven productions go beyond the scope and requirements of class work but are not as complex as a fully realized mainstage production. The focus of this endeavor is on the process, be it directing or design or acting. Senior Michael Kelly will head this project.


The Merry Widow (an opera in English)

by Franz Lehár
Directed by Dr. Chris Hollingsworth
March 28-30 at 7:30 p.m. in Van Ellis Theatre
The small kingdom of Marshovia has a little problem. The main tax-payer, the wealthy widow Sonia (who pays 52% of the taxes) has left for Paris. So Count Danilo is sent to Paris, to stop her from getting married to a stranger, so that the danger of removing the money is averted. But this is not as easy as the ambassador in Paris has planned.


The Amish Project

By Jessica Dickey
Directed by Dr. Victoria Spangler
April 10-13 at 7:30 p.m. in Van Ellis Theatre
Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. 2006. A thirty-year-old man walked into a one-room Amish schoolhouse and opened fire, killing 5 girls and himself. In a decision that shocked the world, the Amish community later the same day forgave his crime and offered aid to his grieving widow. The Amish Project is a fictional exploration of the Nickel Mines schoolhouse shooting in an Amish community, and the path of forgiveness and compassion forged in its wake.


DirectFest Spring 2019

Student-directed one act play festival
May 1-4 at 7:30 p.m. in Van Ellis Theatre.
Our annual one-act play festival directed, designed, performed and produced by HSU Directing I theatre students. Four nights of captivating theatre.


SPECIAL EVENT!

Pops at the Pond, Outdoor Concert, at the Duck Pond on the HSU campus
September 29, Friday, 5:00 p.m.
Bring lawn chairs, a blanket, a picnic basket, and enjoy an evening outdoors as music and theatre students perform hits from Broadway and beyond. Performances from new musicals as well as classic favorites. No admission charge for this event.

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
  • Festival of New American Musicals
  • Student chapter of the Alpha Psi Omega National Dramatic Fraternity