2022-2023 Catalog With Addendum 
    Jul 19, 2024  
2022-2023 Catalog With Addendum [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Dawne Meeks, Chair

ACU Box 27843
Abilene, Texas 79699-7843
Williams Performing Arts Center, Room 127

Phone: 325-674-2197
Fax: 325-674-6887
Email: theatre@acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/theatre


Joey Banks, Assistant Professor
Catherine Baumgardner, Assistant Professor
José De La Cuesta, Guest Artist of Dance, Faculty in Residence
Christopher Hollingsworth, Associate Professor, Musical Theatre Director
Eric Pitney, Assistant Professor, Director of Design
Dawne Swearingen-Meeks, Professor

The Department of Theatre offers seven tracks within the Bachelor of Fine Arts: Acting, Directing, Musical Theatre, Design/Technical, Dance, Theatre Ministry, and Educational Theatre. The department works with the Department of Teacher Education to offer teacher certification within the Educational Theatre track. A minor in theatre may be added to other majors.

Mission Statement

The Abilene Christian University Department of Theatre is committed to providing quality training and opportunity for the disciplined theatre artist in a nurturing environment that models Christian values.

Acceptance into Department

The Department of Theatre accepts up to 18 freshmen each year through an audition/interview process. All prospective students will submit videos and documents through the Acceptd Audition site on our website. Students interested in the design/technical track will present a portfolio in lieu of auditioning. Students interested in one of the other six tracks will audition. Students pursuing tracks in directing, education, or ministry will also present a portfolio. Details for this process are on our website. Transfers or current students wishing to change to a Theatre major must go through this same process and will be accepted only as space allows. A three-year commitment is required for students transferring into the program. The department has capped the number of majors in the program to increase opportunity and training. The first year is considered a probationary year. Students are evaluated at the end of the year and must complete barriers to continue in the major. Go to the Acceptd website to register for an audition/interview.


The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is a studio-intensive course of study designed for students with a strong commitment to a professional career in performance, directing, design, teaching, or theatre ministry. Those who are admitted to the major are expected to exhibit a high level of competence and motivation.

This ACU program is highly competitive with larger universities because it offers its students greater opportunities resulting in an impressive résumé upon graduation. Theatre students compete well in unified auditions for graduate schools and professional theatres. The curriculum is geared for a well-rounded theatre education with hands-on experience in all phases of backstage work, multiple performance opportunities, small classes, and one-on-one mentoring by our faculty. Our senior showcase is performed each spring in NYC for casting directors and agents. Students in performance, directing or design tracks have the opportunity to spend their final semester studying with industry and Broadway professionals at the Tepper Semester in NYC. In addition, casting agents and directors from regional theatres hold workshops in various techniques and audition ACU Theatre students throughout the year.

The ACU Theatre makes use of several performance spaces. The Williams Performing Arts Center (WPAC) has two performance areas: the Fulks Theatre, a 320-seat thrust theatre, and the Culp Theatre, an intimate multi-form space. Large-scale musicals are presented in a recently renovated on-campus facility that can seat over 600 guests. The Abilene Shakespeare Festival is produced in the summer through the Department of Theatre.

Study Abroad Expectations

All students are encouraged to participate in ACU’s Study Abroad Program. Classes offered at Study Abroad sites vary depending on the site. Academic advisors can assist students in planning ahead for their Study Abroad experience and should be consulted during the freshman year. The department is supportive of ACU’s Study Abroad experience, LA Film Studies Center semester, Greenhouse Media Maymester Option, and the Tepper Semester in NYC.

Admission Requirements

Before being admitted to this program, a student must satisfy the requirements listed in the ACT/SAT Placement Information  section of this catalog and complete an audition and interview and be selected.


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