Theatre

Learn the fundamentals of theatre, acting, production methods and more. Also a little improv performances are encouraged.

Theatre Concentration

The North Carolina Wesleyan College Theatre Program produces at least three full-length plays annually for the College community in The Dunn Center for the Performing Arts. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to attend the open auditions each fall and spring. Students may also work to build sets, run lights and sound or assist with costumes and makeup. The College Theatre Program is a member of the Southeastern Theatre Conference and the North Carolina Theatre Conference. The theatre program also sponsors the drama club—Wesleyan Players—which is open to all interested students.

WESLEYAN PLAYERS is for students interested in theatre. Founded in 1962, when the group staged the first College drama production (Tartuffe), Wesleyan Players has a long tradition of commitment to preparation and performance of works to entertain and educate the College and community. It aims at spiritual and intellectual growth, while giving students extra-curricular opportunities to do plays, musical theatre, improv and presentations on and off campus. Wesleyan Players sponsors an annual ten-minute play festival and competition for students.

Major Requirements:

  • Theatre Appreciation
  • History of Popular Music
  • Film Analysis

Concentration Requirements:

  • Theatre Appreciation
  • Acting 1
  • Production Methods
  • Production Design
  • Contemporary Plays
  • Survey of Theatre History
  • Directing
  • Senior Project

Minor Requirements:

  • Applied Production
  • Theatre Appreciation
  • Acting I
  • Production Methods
  • Contemporary Plays
  • Survey of Theatre History

Career Options:

  • Actor
  • Playwright
  • Director
  • Scriptwriter
  • Producer
  • Stage Manager
  • Arts Administration
  • Dancer
  • Costume Designer
  • Choreographer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Drama Teacher
  • Set Designer
  • Stage Technicians

Wesleyan Players

WESLEYAN PLAYERS is for students interested in theatre. Founded in 1962, when the group staged the first College drama production (Tartuffe), Wesleyan Players has a long tradition of commitment to preparation and performance of works to entertain and educate the College and community. It aims at spiritual and intellectual growth, while giving students extra-curricular opportunities to do plays, musical theatre, improv and presentations on and off campus. Wesleyan Players sponsors an annual ten-minute play festival and competition for students.

Upcoming Shows

There’s the student athlete and then there’s the much less recognized student actor who, through NC Wesleyan Theatre, has produced traditions of the past like The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and Shakespeare Roast. And who continue this season with other splendid traditions such as Ten-Minute Play Festival and Bums Night: A Dinner Theatre.

Check out our latest performance line-up at The Dunn Center.

Student Playwriting  Competition and Performance Festival

The NC Wesleyan Players’ Annual Ten-Minute Play Competition is an opportunity for all NC Wesleyan students to submit a Ten-Minute Play composed to address or involve the topic/subject for each year’s competition. Entries are submitted during the Fall Semester and circulated to a faculty jury which ranks the entries. The top five plays are produced in March with all five performed each evening of a three-night run. The final night of performance, the plays are awarded  their respective places, with the student play-wrights receiving a placement plaque and their respective monetary award.

1st place: $100

2nd place: $50

3rd place: $25

4th place: $15

5th place: $10

actor on stage during a ten minute play