Texas Wesleyan will introduce new BFA theatre program beginning fall 2019

Texas Wesleyan will introduce new BFA theatre program beginning fall 2019

Beginning fall 2019, Texas Wesleyan University's theatre department will introduce a new Bachelor of Fine Arts program, in addition to a re-conceived Bachelor of Arts program. The department remains one of the longest-running producing theatres in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, celebrating over 65 years, training theatre artists in all areas of production.

Theatre Wesleyan will offer both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree program. The BFA program will have three specialized emphasis tracks as options for students in Design & Technology, Acting, or Musical Theatre. The department will also continue to offer a minor in theatre. All of the degree programs are set within the framework for a liberal arts education as part of Texas Wesleyan's School of Arts and Letters.

With new degree program options, Theatre Wesleyan will continue to thrive on giving students individual attention and unlimited opportunities to be a part of the production process for mainstage and studio-style productions. Theatre Wesleyan will continue their current season with Smokefall by Noah Haidle, opening February 14 and directed by senior theatre major Kimberly Owen, and the 65th annual musical, Avenue Q, opening April 25. The 2019-2020 season will be announced at a later date.

Throughout the year, prospective students interested in pursuing a theatre degree program at Texas Wesleyan University are given the opportunity to schedule a visit day experience. These visit days are scheduled in advance and occur weekly, allowing prospectives to spend a day as a Theatre Wesleyan student. Activities include sitting in on select theatre courses, touring the theatre facilities and Wesleyan campus, having lunch with current students, and the chance to earn a potential theatre scholarship by interviewing or auditioning with theatre faculty.

Because scholarships are limited, priority consideration is given to those who audition or interview early and meet all requirements to be accepted to Texas Wesleyan University. Please visit our website (www.txwes.edu/theatre) for more information on our visit day experiences, a schedule of available dates, plus all of the requirements for a scholarship audition and interview based on your area or program of interest.

For students interested in enrolling at Texas Wesleyan beginning fall 2019, theatre visit day opportunity dates for January-May 2019 are now available for scheduling.

The following faculty members are available to speak with students or parents who may have any questions or concerns relating to specific theatre programs.

  • Bryan Stevenson, Associate Professor of Theatre & Department Chair - Technical Theatre
    Email: bstevenson@txwes.edu
    Phone: (817) 531-4892
  • Jeanne Everton, Associate Professor of Theatre - Acting & Directing Studies
    Email: jeverton@txwes.edu
    Phone: (817) 531-5672
  • Connie Whitt-Lambert, Professor of Theatre - Playwriting/Theatre Education & History
    Email: cwhittlambert@txwes.edu
    Phone: (817) 531-5866

Example degree plans for each of the programs are available at the following links. The four-year degree plans are geared toward incoming first-year freshmen, while the two-year degree plans are more suitable for transfer students or students with associated degrees.

Anyone with questions about Theatre Wesleyan should contact the Theatre Business Office at theatre@txwes.edu or 817-531-5867. More information regarding the new BA and BFA degrees can be found in the Texas Thespians conference brochure or on the Theatre Wesleyan website (www.txwes.edu/theatre).

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