How to Be Part of RC Theatre

By A.J. Willson
Shield Staff


Who Can be in Theatre? Who can incorporate in roles they have never done before?

  At RC, theatre is open to all students whether they have had prior experience or not. There are so many roles for people, onstage, backstage, design and construction, box office, etc. There is literally a place for everyone to be involved in.

  What is your job? What is something a person has to have or do in order to fill the requirements of theatre? What make a person more socially able to do more than another.

My job is dean of humanities and theatre department chair. I have a PhD in theatre.

When does theatre take place? And Where does your job incorporate in theatre?

In order to do theatre, one simply needs to be willing to learn, to respect the art, and to be reliable. To act, one needs a certain amount of comfort in front of the audience and the willingness to learn the craft. To do any role in the theatre, one needs to follow directions and work as a team. To be a professional theatre artist, one needs training in the field.

How are students graded based off there roles and acts? How can they improve themselves based off what there assigned to do?

We do shows all year long, of great variety, including musicals. We have three primary campus performing spaces; the RAC theatre, the lab theatre the “ALT’’ and outdoors by the lake. I direct plays and teach theatre classes. Theatre classes involve all sorts of assignments from writing to performing to directing to designing. All are aspects of a theatre education, and there is always room for improvement.

Why is theatre important to you and Why do students like it so much to the point where it comes a part of who they are?

I believe theatre is an important way to learn about history, literature, history, psychology, literature…almost anything, even math and science. Mostly, theatre is a way to learn about yourself.

Students may pursue a theater major, musical theatre major, theatre concentration within the interdisciplinary studies major, or a minor in theatre. Students who wish to teach high school theatre may pursue a speech minor through Rochester College’s education program.

The opportunities that a theatre major prepares students for include careers as performers, theatre managers, stage managers, technical designers, theatre critics, writers or educators.

Theatre training also provides an excellent foundation for a host of other careers, including radio and television, music, advertising, marketing, law public speaking and ministry. Rochester College theatre program combines a strong foundation in the liberal arts with a broad understanding of all facets of theatre.

Students practice skills in acting, directing, writing, design and set construction under close supervision by theatre faculty in an environment that encourages students to integrate their faith with their academic study. Our vision extends outward to the campus and local community in a quest to pursue truth and bring richness to life through the creative arts.