Theatre Arts Administration
Change the Face of American Theatre through Leadership
Working in theatre arts doesn't simply mean you’re a performer. The interdisciplinary Theatre Arts Administration major provides students with essential theatre arts knowledge, plus an understanding of business operations relating to theatre arts management and arts administration, resulting in highly sought-after, profitable careers in show business.
What takes place backstage and behind the scenes can truly make or break a theatrical production. Learn what it takes to make it succeed in Catawba College’s Theatre Arts Administration degree program. You’ll develop skills and gain knowledge related to the management, administration, and support of many facets of production companies, cultural agencies, advertisers, and performing arts promotional organizations through coursework, internships, and networking opportunities.
Foundational courses in acting, directing, design, and the history of theatre complement courses in business, marketing, and communications, preparing you to enter the workforce in production management, community engagement, promotions, public education coordination, or as a talent agent. Catawba College Theatre Arts Administration graduates may also pursue graduate education in performing arts management, business, or education.
Many Theatre Arts majors study abroad with professional theatre companies, programs, and residencies taking them to the U.K., Italy, Costa Rica, Greece, Germany, Japan, and Estonia.
Theatre Degree Programs
Learn about the Theatre Arts programs at Catawba College and why they are so unique. Fields of study include Theatre Arts, Design & Production, Performance, Musical Theatre, and Theatre Arts Administration.
Theatre Arts Facilities Tour
Take a student-led guided tour of the theatre arts venues and facilities at Catawba College.
Catawba’s Theatre Arts majors regularly intern with professional theatre companies like The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and the American Shakespeare Center. Through a unique partnership with Lee Street theatre in Salisbury, North Carolina, CataLST, a semester-long internship, provides professional experiences and leadership opportunities in production and performance to exceptional Catawba College Theatre Arts majors.
Let your passion for Theatre Arts thrive by participation in The Blue Masque, Catawba College Theatre Arts’ student organization. Open to all students, Theatre Arts majors and non-majors alike, the Blue Masque hosts a variety of social activities, fundraisers, and service project each year and is one of the oldest and largest clubs on campus.
Through the Blue Masque Alumni Facebook page, the annual Blue Masque Hall of Fame celebration, and the Adopt a Senior program, Catawba’s Theatre Arts majors connect with a vast network of Theatre Arts alumni who are working in all areas of the performing arts both nationally and abroad. Catawba Theatre Arts alumni offer graduating students employment advice, provide locale information, and often serve as a conduit to help performing arts degree grads land an audition or a job interview.
Catawba College Theatre Arts students frequently aspire to join Catawba’s Chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the national Theatre Honor Society. Alpha Psi Omega is an active social and service organization for aspiring Theatre Arts professionals whose primary aim is to encourage dramatic production at every step in a person’s academic career.
Careers - Catawba College students who are Theatre Arts Administration majors are at work in professions like these:
- Founder of Local Theatre Company
- Managing Artistic Director
- Resident Company Member
- Executive Director of an Arts Center
- College Professor
- Children's Theatre Managing Director
Graduate Schools- Catawba College performing arts alumni who have completed Catawba's Theatre Arts Administration bachelor's degree program have gone on to earn graduate degrees at the following schools:
- University of Southern Mississippi
- Accademia dell'Arte in partnership with Mississippi University for Women
- University of Oregon
- University of Georgia
- UT Austin
- Mary Baldwin University
- NYU Tisch School of the Arts
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