offers a major in Drama and a major in Arts Management with a Drama Emphasis, as
well as a minor in theatre. Many students elect to intern with a professional regional
theatre through the department's internship program. For instance, students have
worked at TheatreIV and with the Barksdale Theatre in Richmond in a variety of capacities
from scene shop to stage management to development; academic credit is available.
The majoring student receives a distributed, well-rounded basic education in drama.
Courses in acting, directing, design, theatre history, and dramatic literature are
required, as well as elective courses in music and art. A central part of the degree
requirements is participation in productions.
Overall, students emerge with a good basic grounding in theatre, and are reasonably
prepared for graduate work in the field. More importantly, students can continue
to develop their theatrical talents in a positive environment.
There are many opportunities for every student, every interest. However, you do
not need to be a major, nor do you need to take theatre courses to participate in
theatre at Randolph-Macon. Auditions and crews are open to all students regardless
of major or year.
We do numerous productions for a college of our size, usually five a year: typically
we open the fall with a smaller show on Parents' Weekend, then do a major production
in November, followed by "A Christmas Carol" in December; typically during the January
Term, a student directed play is in rehearsal for presentation in February, followed
up by another major production in April. Recent productions have ranged from contemporary
tragedy (A View from the Bridge) to classic farce ("The Doctor in Spite of
Himself"), from musicals (Cabaret and City of Angels) to Shakespeare
(A Midsummer Night's Dream), from regional premieres (La Nona) to
recent titles from London and Broadway (The Cripple of Inishmaan and Picasso
at the Lapin Agile).
There is also a social/service organization for students interested in theatre:
membership in Drama Guild is awarded for 40 or more hours of participation in any
on-stage or off-stage capacity within a semester. Members are expected to help with
current productions. There are work-parties, strike nights, and picnics. For each
semester of such participation, students may receive one hour of graded credit;
such participation is required of majors and minors in theatre.