About the Drama Program
Our drama program within the Department of Communication and Media puts you on stage early and often in our intimate “Prop Shop” black box theater, as well as in our White Auditorium. We also put you on the road, with performances in several venues each year. We’re doing a lot of original work — with premiers each year directed, performed and written by the students themselves.
With opportunities on stage and screen, this program gives you both presence and voice for a variety of acting and performance opportunities. Rooted in a classical and Christian aesthetics, the program also provides perspectives to support careers in entertainment, the arts, ministry and public speaking.
Our mission in the Department of Communication and Media is to prepare credible, creative Christian professionals for a world where the mastery of communication skills and technologies is essential. We accomplish our mission by helping students produce, publish and perform original work that is both ethical and effective.
Department of Communication and Media
The drama major is offered by the Department of Communication and Media. Other majors and minors within the department include advertising and public relations, broadcasting, communication studies, cross cultural communication, professional writing, speech, video and film and visual communication.
Why should you choose SAU’s drama program?
The study of communication at Spring Arbor University is a hands-on experience, with a foundation in classical and Christian perspectives. All students complete a core sequence that promotes a thoughtful and ethical understanding of communication principles and best practices.
Throughout the program you will apply these principles. We offer extracurricular opportunities in writing, acting, broadcasting, designing, producing and researching in addition to practical hands-on experiences in the classroom. Each year, students win awards in state and national competitions and engage in meaningful internships.
Meet the Faculty
Courses, Course Descriptions & Four-Year Plan
The courses for the 46-hour drama major include such subject areas as acting techniques, communication technology, pop culture, history of theater, stagecraft, acting for stage and screen, and directing. There is also a 21-hour drama minor available.
View the course requirements and layout, course descriptions, a sample four-year plan, as well as learn more about the drama program at Spring Arbor University in the drama catalog, taken from the undergraduate catalog.
The study of communication will help you develop useful skills in such fields as ministry, mass media, theatre, business, government and social services. Our program is particularly appropriate for positions involving public relations, broadcasting, corporate communication, public information management, employee communication, training and development, and print journalism. Visit our career development section.
Within the Department of Communication and Media and throughout campus, there are a wide range of opportunities for students to get involved, apply what they’re learning in the classroom in a practical way, and meet students who have similar passions. Here is a list of just some of the opportunities available that might interest drama students:
- Porchfest (event) – Quite possibly the most highly anticipated event of the year, this SNL-format variety show brings together the most (and least) talented people that SAU has to offer. Hosted by the men of Ormston Hall, this is one event you’ll remember for years to come.
- Lumenocular Video Festival (event) – Calling all aspiring filmmakers! Every year, Spring Arbor’s future directors, actors and producers get together to shoot a short video, which is entered into a campus-wide contest and, perhaps also, a national contest.
- EPIC (television variety show) – Communication majors try their hand at producing a television show by utilizing their wide-ranging talents to produce EPIC, the Spring Arbor University televised variety program.
- FM radio stations– Spring Arbor University serves as home to four radio stations: KTGG & WJKN-AM (1540 and 1510 AM), WSAE-FM (106.9 Home.fm) and WJKN-FM (89.3 The Message).
- Musicals and plays – From dazzling musicals, to cutting-edge black-box theater performances, to award-winning plays, the Spring Arbor theater program offers a wide range of theatrical outlets; enough to sate the appetite of the most enthusiastic theater guru.
See a full list of the various activities and organizations available to students at Spring Arbor University.