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Matthew J. Draud joins the Abilene university next month to replace the retiring James Hunt.
A theatre generalist program that prepares students for a career in the performing arts.
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The McMurry Department of Theatre is a production oriented training program, with an emphasis on the theatre generalist approach to play production. While attending and taking courses through the McMurry University Theatre program, students will study a wide body of theatrical disciplines including acting, voice and diction, stage makeup, stagecraft, set design, costume design, light design, theatre history, directing, playwriting, musical theatre, and theatre management. In addition, students will apply theory they have learned in the classroom to practical stage experience through the form of acting, directing, and designing.
The McMurry Department of Theatre offers a robust theatrical season consisting of faculty directed musicals and plays, as well as student directed full length and one act plays. Our department offers an exciting summer theatre season offering as many as three production ranging from all youth musicals, popular Broadway musicals, and award winning dramas. Our department has placed an emphasis on nurturing aspiring playwrights and staging original scripts. Many McMurry playwrights have been recognized with awards in the annual Texas Educational Theatre Association's Theatrefest Playfest competition. Plays are the life blood of the theatre and the encouragement of young writers will provide for the future of the art form.
Our Theatre Department has financial aid opportunities in the form of tuition discounts and work study programs. We offer a series of tuition discounts ranging from 50% to 80% reduction of McMurry’s Tuition cost. Work study functions the same as regular employment. The nature of what your job entails is based on the number of hours you are willing and capable of committing each week to theatre activities and is added to whatever grants or scholarships you may otherwise qualify for. Students are paid for all aspects of production work including set and costume constructions, properties management, box office, and publicity.
Our faculty are theatre generalists and share production responsibilities Mr. David Ainsworth, with training in Acting, Directing, Stage Combat, Costumes, Theatre History, and Theatre Education, teaches Acting, Costume Design and Construction, Creative Dramatics, Theatre Education, Theatre History, Introduction to Theatre, and Make-up. Mr. Kerry Goff, with training in Design, Technical Theatre, Acting , Voice and Diction, and Directing, teaches Set and Light Design, Stagecraft, and Theatre Management, as well as Directing, Acting, Voice and Diction and courses in musical theatre. Digital Video Capture and Editing is taught in the Art Department, but is cross-listed for Theatre credit during the fall semester. Our courses in Playwriting, taught by Professor Emeritus Charlie Hukill as an adjunct.
The biggest advantages of attending McMurry University as a Theatre major, is the personal attention you will receive due to small class sizes, the multitude of opportunities that will be afforded you in production work, and the high level of experiential education offered. All of our graduates who have sought entrance into graduate school programs in theatre have been accepted and have succeeded. We have former students working in professional theatre, community theatre, and theatre education.
You can find out more about the McMurry Theatre Department, including viewing photos and video clips of past productions, as well as find information about McMurry University in general (admissions procedures, costs, degree options, course descriptions, etc.) at our university website, www.mcm.edu. You can also find of on Facebook by searching McMurry Department of Theatre.