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Technology, Opportunity, Performance
In April of 2003, the Theatre Program at the University of West Georgia received notice of accreditation through the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). What does this mean? It means our theatre curriculum, both in the classroom and in the rehearsal room, meets the highest national standard s. The UWG Theatre department is only one of five theatre programs with national accreditation in the state of Georgia. In 2011, the program was given department status and along with the departments of Art and Music, is now housed in the School of the Arts, College of Arts and Humanities.
At West Georgia, the students are our top priority! Where else do theatre students gain the experience of not only acting and designing shows in the mainstage season, but also writing plays, directing them and publicizing them? Nowhere else but West Georgia! Our active theatre faculty design and direct in Atlanta, publish in regional and national magazines and journals, and keep updated on the latest theatrical trends. All in order to bring new ideas to the classroom and rehearsal hall.
The Theatre Department at West Georgia is housed in a beautifully renovated historic building called Martha Munro. Our headquarters contain state-of-the-art equipment in the Computer Aided Design lab, a sound lab and a drafting/light lab. The acting/directing lab has a sprung floor (to help keep ankle and knee joints healthy and strong) in addition to a restored purpose-built proscenium arch. Right around the corner, the Old Auditorium houses our 8000 square foot costume shop and rehearsal hall. Check out the course and theatre major handbook materials and season offerings on this website! The University of West Georgia Theatre Department has a strong reputation for excellence and mentoring the young theatre artist. Come join the excitement!
".......I met professors in West Georgia who cared about a theatre education that provided a bridge between academe and the professional world. I also discovered that your faculty was as eager to learn from my workshop as the students, the sign of true post-secondary educators. I was charmed by the multi-national hospitality of the theatre department; your diverse faculty precludes the use of the otherwise appropriate expression Southern hospitality. A school is only as good as its students, though, and I was quite pleasantly surprised by the thirst for learning and cooperative spirit that were exceedingly evident within your students......" - Mark Paladini, CSA Los Angeles Casting Director