Hollins’ nationally recognized theatre program allows students to identify and apply their own strengths. We help each student write, design, build, direct, and star in the most important play on the planet: their life.
The Hollins theatre program has received many Kennedy Center awards, and the 2019 edition of The Princeton Review’s The Best 384 Colleges lists Hollins as #10 for “Best College Theater.”
Theatre major students at Hollins take part in every aspect of theatre production. This includes acting, musical theatre, design, directing, stage management, and technical production. The theatre major has a flexible structure allowing students to focus in one of three areas: acting/directing, design/technology, playwriting/history/dramaturgy or any combination of these three. It’s also designed to make it easy to double major.
The minor is compatible with many other majors. These include business, communication studies, dance, English, film, history, and philosophy.
What You'll Learn
A Home Away From Home
Decision Height, a play written by Meredith Dayna Levy, received the Harold and Mimi Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award, along with numerous citations of excellence by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). Meredith, now a student in Hollins’ M.F.A. program in playwriting, has had similar success with her new play, Coupler. It won KCACTF’s “Distinguished Production of New Work” award. Meredith says, “I could not have asked for a more beautifully supportive and constructive development process than that which [the faculty] and my undergraduate and graduate peers so generously provided. I feel really lucky to have had that support so early in my playwriting career.”
Putting Ideas into Practice
Students learn how to:
- Manage projects
- Work with a limited budget
- Deal with different human beings
- Understand the human condition
- Overcome “technical difficulties”
Susanna Young is acting, directing, and choreographing in Los Angeles with several companies, including Skypilot Theatre, Creating Arts Company, and the Academic of New Musical Theatre. She returned to Hollins to serve as guest choreographer and associate director for Little Women and for the world premiere of Marvelous Cornelius.
Our charming and newly renovated 550-seat proscenium theatre is remarkably intimate with:
- A flexible front-apron configuration
- Automated rigging system
- Fully equipped scenery and costume shops
- Design studio, makeup studio, and light lab
- A 99-seat black box theatre and acting studio
- Sound, projection, and computer lab