Performance

  • Do I have to audition to get in the program?

    No, you are not required to audition to get in the program.  However, we do require auditions to apply for up to three special scholarships only for first year students (please see below).

  • Do you produce musicals?

    Yes, we are committed to producing one musical per year. For the musicals, we hire professionals from the Atlanta area to choreograph and do the audio engineering (make sure that the mics don’t feedback), so it’s a great experience for everyone to be a part of a musical production at UWG! Musicals we’ve recently produced include: Three Postcards, RENT, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Avenue Q, Once on this Island, Cabaret, Side Show, and most recently, Spring Awakening.

  • Do I have to take courses in technical theatre?

    Yes. Because UWG offers a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, we think it’s vital that performance students get a taste of the backstage life. Students must take Stagecraft, where they learn how to use power tools, how to put together flats and platforms, etc. They also must take Concepts in Theatre Design, where they get an idea of a designer’s approach to creating the atmosphere of a play/musical. It helps everyone in the theatre when we all know the process that an artist goes through to create.

  • Do I get course credit for acting in a production?

    Yes. We offer six one-credit courses called Production and Performance. For two of these courses, you can count your acting credits. The other four must come by doing something else for a production that includes being on crew, designing, stage managing, etc. We consider our production to be curricular and not extra-curricular.

  • Are freshmen cast in shows?

    Yes, we have no restrictions based on rank for being cast in a show. The only restriction would be if your Grade Point Average dips very low. Then the department chair talks with the student to figure out how to concentrate on classes.

  • When are rehearsals?

    Rehearsals in general are Monday—Friday, 6:30—10pm and sometimes Saturdays 1-4pm. They start approximately 5-6 weeks prior to opening night. Cast members are not always called every night. Each director of the production creates a rehearsal schedule that maps out the work on the play from the very beginning.

  • What is the performance run of each production?

    Our final dress rehearsal is on a Tuesday night and is also a community preview. We generally perform Wednesday—Saturday, 7:30 curtain and Saturday and Sunday, 2:30 curtain.

  • How do I get my homework done while also being cast in a show?

    One of the greatest skills a theatre major develops is time management. Students generally find time both before and after rehearsals to do their homework. We’re not going to lie; sometimes students have to stay up pretty late after rehearsals to get homework done. But in general, the beauty of being busy and working hard is that you figure out how to prioritize and how to schedule your work.

  • Can I do other things like design even though I want to be an actor?

    Yes! In fact we encourage it! As stated earlier, the more you know about theatre, the more understanding you are about the different tasks that it takes to produce a show. It’s truly the only collaborative art and by doing other jobs, you get a deeper understanding of how to collaborate well. It is the nature of the Bachelor of Arts degree that you learn as much as you can about the various aspects of theatre. We take this very seriously at UWG.

 

Design and Technology

  • Do I have to audition/interview to get into the program?

    No, you are not required to audition to get in the program.  However, we do require auditions/interviews to apply for one of our two special scholarships only for first year students totaling between $1000 to $1500.

  • Do you produce musicals and what opportunities are there for student designers?

    Yes, we produce 1 musical a year.  As with all of our shows, students who are ready, or show proper aptitude are granted design roles or assistant design roles on the musical.  We always have a student props designer and sound designer/assistant sound technician on our musicals.  Upper level students, usually nearing their capstone, often design sets lights, and costumes.

  • How often will I be able to design?

    Each semester, we produce three shows, and each show requires design and tech roles as much as it requires actors; therefore, students are given the opportunity to work on at least one show each semester.  With a total of 5 shows, 2 main-stage, 3 black box per season, there are numerous opportunities for students to design, sets, lights, sounds, props, costume, and makeup.  On occasions, we have students who are interested in Technical Directing, to whom we also offer opportunities as they arise.

  • Do I have to take courses in the performance areas of theatre?

    Yes. Because UWG offers a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, we think it’s vital that performance students get a taste all areas of theatre to better appreciate each area and to better understand the collaborative nature of theatre. Some of the non-technical options are acting, voice and movement, and directing.  We also offer courses in playwriting and special topic classes.

  • Do I get course credit for designing a production?

    Yes. We offer six one-credit courses called Production and Performance. While performance oriented students can count your acting credits for two off those six courses, the other four must come by doing something else for a production that includes being on crew, designing, stage managing, etc. We consider our production to be curricular and not extra-curricular.  Students who are design/tech oriented are not required to act in any productions.  They can fill all 6 required credits with non-acting work.

  • Are there opportunities for me in stage makeup?

    Recently, the University of West Georgia has added a class for stage makeup to the curriculum, an opportunity that is not always offered at many other institutions. The stage makeup class teaches basic techniques and styles for theatrical makeup, and for students who choose to  pursue hair and makeup design or advanced makeup

    (3D), there are faculty members who will work with them through independent studies and design roles in order to further their education in this element of design.

  • Can I do other things like act even though I am interested in designing?

    Yes! In fact we encourage it! As stated earlier, the more you know about theatre, the more understanding you are about the different tasks that it takes to produce a show. It’s truly the only collaborative art and by doing other jobs, you get a deeper understanding of how to collaborate well. It is the nature of the Bachelor of Arts degree that you learn as much as you can about the various aspects of theatre. We take this very seriously at UWG.

  • Do I still have to audition for shows each semester?

    Maybe.  Students who are primarily interested in technical and design areas of theater must discuss their interests with their Academic Advisor and with the Mentor for their areas of interest prior to auditions each semester.  At the discretion of the Advisor and Mentor, those students are often allowed to forgo the audition process.  Without that permission, students are required to audition.