Colin_ShaneThe Department of Theatre and Film is designed to offer students a strong foundation in all aspects of the art of theatre and of film.  Emphasis is placed on the rich cultural history of the art forms as well as practical applications in performance techniques for those on the Performance Track and design techniques for those on the Design/Tech Track.  All students gain a strong background in theatre history and dramatic literature.  Performance track students will study many performance techniques including classic acting styles as well as modern stage and film techniques.  Design/Tech students will use state of the art equipment to explore stage lighting, scenic and sound design as well as costuming and stage projections.  Students from both tracks are eligible to have a secondary focus on playwriting or filmmaking.  Filmmaking students will learn all aspects of filmmaking including writing a screenplay, using cameras, light and sound equipment as well as editing.   All filmmaking students will have several opportunities to create short films.  Instructors include area professionals as well as visiting artists.  Advanced students have the opportunity for internships with the Virginia Stage Company.

Sample Courses Include:
Acting Shakespeare
Speaking Classical Text
Performance Improvisation
Several Levels of Acting Classes
Acting for the Camera
Performance Styles:
Greek Drama
Elizabethan Drama and Shakespeare
Commedia Dell 'Arte
20th Century Realism
Modern Realism
Theatre of The Absurd
Movement for Actors
Writing Screenplays
Designing Scenery for Film and Television
Lighting for the Stage
Lighting for Film and Television
Designing Projections for the Stage
Stage Management
History of Film
History of Theatre

Performance History

1987-88 Yerma; The Dining Room; Come Back to the 5 and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
1988-89 Antigone; Tartuffe; Working, the Musical
1989-90 Pippin; Blue Window; Fashion
1990-91 Dogg's Hamlet; Cahoot's Macbeth; Mother Courage; She Stoops to Conquer
1991-92 The Machinal; Bill and Ted's Righteous Musical Revue; And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson; Red hot & Cole
1992-93 The Tin Can People; The Children's Hour; Seesaw
1993-94 Dangerous Corner; The Misanthrope; The Beggar's Opera
1994-95 The Living; Anything Goes; The Praying Mantis
1995-96 Museum; The Runner Stumbles; 42nd Street
1996-97 Merrily We Roll Along; The House of Bernarda Alba; A Midsummer Night's Dream
1997-98 The Trojan Women; Machinal
1998-99 Sweet Charity; Assembly of Women; The Ressurectionist
1999-00 Dr. Faustus; Equus; Blood Brothers
2000-01 The Investigation; The Comedy Of Errors; Tommy
2001-02 The Wrestling Season; Little Theatre of the Green Goose; Dracula
2002-03 Playboy of the Western World; In Your Face; The Odyssey
2003-04 Heathen Valley;The Menaechmi;The Tempest
2004-05 Peace; Goodly Creatures; 1984
2005-06--Metamorphoses; Inspired Stages: (Student Written/Adapted Work); Galileo
2006-07--The Cripple of Inishmaan; Wanted: Wyatt Tee Walker; Twelfth Night (or What You Will)
2007-08- Antigone; Blood Wedding; 20th Annaversary Gala
2008-09 - Struwwelpeter; Picasso at the Lapin Agile; The Servant of Two Masters

Main Office

Main Office: 
757-451-4715 Fax 
254 Granby Street
orfolk, Virginia 23510