The Fine Arts Center Theatre Program is a place where you can explore the design and production of theatre or theatre performance.

You can find your place. You can discover your strengths and develop a plan for your future. Whether you continue in theatre after your time at the Fine Arts Center or choose another career path, your experience here will serve you well in your next step.

In the Fine Arts Center Theatre program, students try their hand at the craft of theatre in a 4400 square foot black box, where everything is flexible and almost anything is possible (or at least attemptable). We encourage you to review our application requirements below.

FOR THEATRE PERFORMANCE

Every incoming theatre student begins in either the Theatre Foundations class (8am), Beginning Theatre Ensemble or the Beginning Design/ Production class (both 9:15am). Theatre Foundations gives students an opportunity to investigate the literature, techniques, and methods of theatre without the constant pressure of performing. Focus is evenly split between academic and practical applications, with daily experience in both. The Beginning classes are focused on the tools and practical craft of the theatre artist from either a performance or design/ production point of view. 

The afternoon classes (Advanced Theatre Ensemble or Advanced Design/ Production) work in a pre-professional/collegiate manner. Students become more specialized in their chosen fields, while continuing to study the larger theatrical spectrum. Performers receive in-depth training in acting, movement, voice, speech, production, and college prep/ auditioning. Design/ production students train in lighting, scenic, audio, and costume design. Stage and theatre management are also examined.

Both the Beginning and Advanced Ensembles perform regularly for public audiences in a variety of ways: formal productions, informal presentations, school showcases, and events in the community. Technical students gain experience working Theatre performances, as well as every other event at the Fine Arts Center. All theatre students are encouraged to work in Greenville's many local theatres and in their home high school programs. Field trips and guest artists add to a well-rounded theatrical education.

To audition for the program, fill out the online application by the January deadline (usually available by mid-October every year). Theatre auditions will be held in February, with a callback and final decisions made by mid-March. Students considering a performance focus should prepare a monologue of no longer than 90 seconds, from a published play that they have read, with which they can connect and show what they do best. Any special skills (singing, dancing, original material, etc.) may also be shown (30 seconds).

FOR THEATRE DESIGN AND PRODUCTION

Are you interested in what happens behind the scenes at a concert or play? Do you want to learn how to design and create your own productions? Do you enjoy telling stories with items that you have made? Are you interested in running lights and sound for live events? If you are interested in any of these areas, we encourage you to apply for technical theater.

For students interested in design/ production theatre, a prepared project and interview will be required. Portfolios and résumés are welcomed. Please see audition details for specifics.




Please feel free to contact a Theatre instructor with any questions about either program. Please refer to our main calendar for performance details, dates and times.