Welcome from the Chair
Dr. John S. Gentile
"The Whiteness of the Whale" from Moby-Dick. Adapted by John Gentile Directed by John Gentile & Hylan Scott.
Welcome to the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University, which offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with concentrations in acting, performance studies, design/technology, and musical theatre.
The Department of Theatre and Performance Studies supports the liberal arts mission of the University by engaging students as artists, scholars, and active citizens in their social worlds. Fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, our innovative degree program offers a rich and varied curriculum that brings together the fields of theatre and performances studies. Students learn by encountering performance as the intersection of critical investigation and practical, embodied learning. The curriculum challenges students to recognize performance as a creative and aesthetic act, as a method of analysis, and as a mode of inquiry, which offers a wide range of courses dedicated to developing students as scholar-artists, viewing both live performance as scholarship and writing as a creative act.
The department provides opportunities for students to create, to witness, and to critique performances based on a variety of sources: from classical and contemporary drama to literary and folk traditions, from original ethnographic field research to performance art. Inherent within this premise lies the commitment to provide global learning opportunities to students as vital to their individual and social growth. It is the program’s mission to integrate theatre and performance studies approaches, offering for our campus and our local communities a broad spectrum of voices, cultures, texts, periods, and styles of performance experiences. KSU theatre and performance studies students are involved in all aspects of production during the academic year, gaining practical performance experience by working on challenging and diverse material.
The coursework is complemented by an ambitious production season, professional internships, special topics courses, individualized directed studies supervised by faculty mentors, workshops conducted by guest artists, public lectures presented by leading scholars, and exciting international opportunities such as our annual Summer Study Abroad in Ireland: Acting in Irish Drama in partnership with the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland. In addition, our students have traveled with our productions to perform at international festivals in China, Scotland, and Morocco. The department is committed to provide global learning opportunities for our students as vital to their individual and social growth.
The department’s award-winning faculty members are scholar-artists who are committed to a program that aspires to offer our students the intellectual depth and breadth of the best liberal arts education along with the work ethic and commitment to professionalism typical of a conservatory program. We seek to cultivate emerging scholar-artists who may seek employment in diverse fields as well as those who wish to pursue careers in professional theatre or advanced study in graduate programs. Please take a moment and read the department faculty web pages. You will be impressed as you find out more about these distinguished scholars and artists.
I invite you to attend our performances at the Stillwell Theater or at the new Onyx Theater and to consider joining us in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University.