The Department of Theatre offers a theatre major and a theatre minor.
Integrating faith and the dramatic disciplines
It is difficult to imagine in today's media saturated, postmodern, narrative-focused culture, that one can consider him/herself adequately educated without having developed an understanding of how dramatic art works and impacts its audiences and practitioners. It is our prayer that students here are prepared to become "missionaries" to the dramatic professions. That is to say, we seek to help them become both skilled in dramatic craft and mature in Christian discipleship, that they might one day enter the professional stage and film worlds in order to produce fine art to the glory of God, but also to reach out to a lost “people group” (dramatic professionals) who will not very likely be reached by outsiders. The dramatic arts are arguably one of the most influential modes of cultural communication today. We would be foolish to neglect proclaiming the Kingdom of God in this vital marketplace.
"We live in a media-saturated, narrative-focused culture. We need to be in that place, redeeming that area of culture, because art is gorgeous and beautiful and needs to be redeemed for the sake of Christ. "
- Camille Hallstrom, professor of theatre
The dramatic arts thrive on liberal arts education!
The renowned actress and acting teacher Uta Hagen wrote, "To be more than an adequate or serviceable actor, it takes a broad education in the liberal arts." Theatre and film educators generally agree: those who wish to write, produce, direct, shoot, act in or otherwise create dramatic work need a wide understanding of many facets of life to produce their art effectively. A Covenant liberal arts education powerfully equips theatre and film graduates to work in the dramatic professions.
Covenant has two separate production arms: Mainstage Drama produced by the Theatre and Film Studies Department and the Drama Association, our fully student-led theatre. Additionally, students can work on plays at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). This is the most unique element of our program; a chance to work in a "secular theatre laboratory" and later debrief with Christian professors and students is key to our goal of preparing students to be "missionaries" to the professional theatre and film worlds.