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    Harding University
  Oct 03, 2022
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
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2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Department of Theatre


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Mission Statement

We are a Christ-centered theatre program that challenges students to develop superior artistic skills in order to serve others in the areas of ministry, education and professional theatre.

Theatre at Harding University is about creating a collaborative community on an artistic mission. The art of theatre integrates the fine arts, the humanities and the performing arts into one immersive experience for all of its participants. The purpose of the theatre department is to develop Christian artists into proficient theatre practitioners, educators and advocates. Students are guided in this collaboration by a talented faculty and staff who strive to model Christian values and vision in the creative process, in scholarship, in mentoring and in service.


The goals of the Department of Theatre are accomplished by being centered on four parts of our mission:

  1. Christ. Develop within theatre students a compassionate, engaging Christ-like spirit of service and ministry to others.
  2. Community. Provide opportunities for students to collaborate and interact with professionals and peers in classes, forums, productions, travel and social interactions in order to create a community of support and trust.
  3. Curriculum. Challenge students with a superior curriculum that promotes experiential learning and reflects academic and professional best practices.
  4. Creativity. Provide opportunities for students to participate in a strong co-curricular production program that applies the creative principles and skills learned in the classroom to fully mounted faculty-directed theatre productions. Faculty-supervised student laboratory productions also provide co-curricular learning experiences.

Academic Programs

The Department of Theatre offers five majors and seven minors.

Students may choose to focus on a well-rounded study in Theatre, or an intensive program of Acting as a profession, or may choose to pursue training in Theatre Design and Production in any one of four concentrations: costume design, light and sound design, set design, or production. Students may also choose to become licensed (7-12) to teach theatre or to become licensed (K-12) to teach speech, communication and theatre. In addition, all programs allow for the necessary educational preparation for graduate studies in theatre.

The Department of Theatre also offers minors in Theatre, Costume Design (open only to ART and FCS majors), Lighting and Sound Design (open only to COMM majors), Set Design (open only to ART majors), Acting (open only to Music majors), Technical Theatre, and Theatre Education.


Chair: Steven N. Frye, Ed.D.


Steven N. Frye, Ed.D.
Britton Lynn, M.F.A.
C. Robin Miller, M.F.A.

Assistant Professors:

Dottie Frye, M.A.
Ben Jones, M.Ed.


    Bachelor of ArtsNon-Degree