Chair Norman Jones, Jeffrey S. Miller.
MISSION: If, as John Calvin suggests, “the primary duty of the Christian is to make the invisible kingdom visible,” theatre is uniquely endowed to vividly fulfill this calling. Whether by creating work which decries what is cheap, hollow, pretentious and evil or by celebrating what is valuable, excellent, good and holy in our culture, quality theatre has the potential to awaken an audience to its own spiritual failures and capabilities.
The Department of Theatre Arts seeks to prepare students for a life of service and leadership in such a theatre-within a variety of settings, from the commercial and nonprofit to the school, community and church. Grounded on a solid foundation of theatre history, dramatic literature, acting, directing and technical production, the theatre program strives to develop and nurture students who approach all their work from a mature Christian perspective, equally equipped for both sound intellectual critique and compelling artistic expression.
Studies in the British Stage
Professor Jones regularly leads a two-week, 4-credit trip to England under the College’s International Seminar program. Students attend at least two dozen plays, enjoy backstage visits with producers, directors, playwrights and actors, and engage in vigorous discussion and journal keeping. Based in London, the program takes excursions to such other theatre venues as Stratford, York, Edinburgh and Dublin.