Theatre Program Highlights


We have constructed a course of study through which students learn history, theory, literature, aesthetics, and the practical mechanisms of artistic work. Students also come to work closely with award-winning professionals. Our program offers multiple opportunities for one-on-one work between students and faculty. Driven by our faculty interests, our curriculum continually evolves. 

The McCoy Theatre is the production arm and presents a formal, three-production season each year. Students from all disciplines compose the majority of the casts and crews for these productions. Guest artists, faculty members, and other theatre professionals join students as directors, performers, and designers. McCoy productions are consistently identified as among the outstanding theatrical presentations in Memphis. 

Our Fine Arts Scholarships support students who major or minor in Theatre. We offer a number of paid fellowships to students interested in working with Memphis-area high school students. 

A line of students walk outside the McCoy Theatre

Outside the Classroom

For practical application of our curriculum, the department offers various opportunities in arts management, design, performance, and community engagement. We often arrange internships with various theaters and arts organizations in Memphis, and we have an ongoing collaborative relationship with Theatre Memphis and Memphis-area high schools, through which our students and local high school students create theatre together. We have supported student study at the Academic dell’ Arte in Arezzo, Italy, and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. The department has organized summer study abroad programs in India, Italy, and Sweden. 


Our curriculum provides the basis for graduate work in artistic as well as academic fields of study, including professional theatre training programs. Our focus on the essential work and purpose of theatre also means our curriculum offers a foundation for a wide range of other pursuits. Recent graduates include scientists, lawyers, teachers, ministers, musicians, and artists, as well as actors, theatre managers, writers, directors, and designers.