Cottey offers BA in theatre, a minor in theatre, and a BA in secondary education-theatre.
This degree’s purpose is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of theatre. The student may choose from two concentrations: a general focus in theatre or theatre as an agent for social change.
The general focus in theatre concentration seeks to provide students with the foundation needed to pursue careers in acting, design, stage management, directing, the entertainment industry, and graduate study. The student will gain knowledge of theatre history and dramatic literature, as well as practical experience in production and performance.
Our theatre as an agent of social change focus allows students to explore the history, potential, and skills necessary for the art of theatre to incite social change. It incorporates the unique aspects of a Cottey College education (specifically emphasis on women’s leadership, social responsibility, and global awareness). Students will develop skills necessary for leadership in this dynamic application of theatre.
Guided participation in major theatrical production as actress, assistant director, designer, stage manager, dramaturg, or technical support (minimum of 45 hours of work time as crew member or crew head).
Discover the art and craft of stage management through class work, observation and production exploration. Learn practical techniques for managing theatrical productions in preparation for academic and professional production responsibility.
Theatre as an Agent of Social Change
Theatre for social change has far-reaching implications. It can be used as a teaching tool, a vehicle for self-study, as a problem solving technique for groups of any size, and as community building. Those who have expertise in this area will be equipped to facilitate social change using the medium of theatre in a variety of venues, thus enhancing their abilities as artists, educators, and catalysts for positive human growth. Students may go on to graduate studies in psychology, therapy, and other related fields.
Many graduates of Cottey’s BA in theater pursue careers* as:
- Stage Managers
- Prop Artisans
- Technical Directors
- Corporate Liaisons for Diversity and Equality
*Some careers may require post-graduate education
Why Cottey’s theatre program is unique.
Students pursuing a theatre degree at Cottey can hit the ground running and immediately audition and be cast in plays, design, and contribute in all areas of production, unlike many larger institutions where only upper-level students are considered for productions. Cottey is located in Nevada, Missouri and perfectly situated between Joplin and Kansas City, with Branson nearby. This allows students to pursue internships and experiential learning positions with larger theatre companies, non-profits, and other businesses.
Offering two tracks for a BA in theatre and theatre as an agent of social change unites the power of theatre with the strengths and goals of a Cottey College education. Cottey has the opportunity to be an innovator in this area and to offer its unique brand/focus beyond what other institutions offer. The world has seen a shift in how we interact with one another and the importance of recognizing diversity and inclusion. Theatre practitioners are at the forefront of helping to effect change, and Cottey will be one of only a handful of colleges to offer a degree in theatre for social change.
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