Major & Minor


Theatre is the study of theatrical performance in relation to its literary, physical, and historical contexts, and requires one to explore and analyze the world from multiple perspectives.

About the Theatre Major

The theatre major at Southern Virginia University provides students with experience in all aspects of theatre, including acting, directing, playwriting, design, costumes, and technical theatre. With acting opportunities—particularly those in digital media and teaching—growing at a rapid rate, the theatre major enhances students’ creative abilities in performing, writing, and design, and those involved both on and off stage develop their management and leadership skills, learn how to speak with power, and work with a wide range of people.

Learning in small class sizes, professors in the theatre program tailor their feedback to provide individualized learning opportunities and a rigorous education in both the craft and art of the profession to both for serious practitioners and anyone passionate about being involved. Our professors are not only accomplished scholars, but also passionate artists, creating a learning environment that not only challenges you, but also supports your faith, which is becoming increasingly rare in the entertainment industry.

Learning Outcomes

What you’ll learn in the Theatre major:

  1. Basic knowledge of the theatre tradition in Western civilization.
  2. Basic knowledge of stagecraft.
  3. Basic knowledge of and skill in acting.
  4. In-depth knowledge of and advanced skill in either: (1) acting, directing and playwriting; or (2) technical theatre.

Career Opportunities

There is a wide array of potential careers with a theatre degree, including jobs in acting, writing, education, law, and more depending on your personal and professional goals. Learn where a career in theatre can take you.

  • Theatre Teacher
  • Stage Manager
  • Technical Director
  • Playwright
  • Actor
  • Choreographer
  • Lawyer

Getting Started in the Theatre Major

Follow these simple steps below to get a head start in the
Theatre Major today.


Begin by taking Stagecraft (THE 101) and Introduction to Acting (THE 110) in your first year

Contact Your Advisor

Get in touch with New Tab, Open Bio for: Professor Amaree Cluff to discuss your interests and goals


Turn in a completed PDFDeclare Major Form to the Registrar’s Office

Questions? Contact the Registrar at

Theatre Faculty

Professor Amaree Cluff

Amaree Cluff

Associate Professor of Theatre