Theatre | AUM


Program Description

The award-winning AUM Theatre program’s strength is preparing students for careers as performers and as technical directors, property artisans, set designers, costume designers, makeup artists, stage managers and more. You’ll learn by getting one-on-one coaching from the faculty and hands-on experience. At AUM, as you learn about all aspects of play production, you’ll also cultivate traits that will serve you well in any field — confidence, self-discipline, dedication, and teamwork. 

Theatre is a concentration within the Communication major.

Points of Pride

  • AUM students regularly participate in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, the Alabama Conference of Theatre, and the Southeastern Theater Conference.
  • AUM students have earned paid summer internships or entry level positions all over the country at venues such as Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery Performing Arts Center, Alabama Dance Theatre, Theatre West Virginia, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Davis Theatre, Birmingham Children's Theatre, Red Mountain Theatre Company, Pioneer Playhouse, Tecumseh Outdoor Drama and the Brevard Music Center.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.

A degree from this program will prepare you for the 46,000 new jobs projected to be added to the economy from 2014 to 2024. This 6 percent job growth in entertainment occupations will be about average. At $39,700, the 2014 median annual wage for entertainment occupations was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations.

U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data


Median Pay

Job Growth through 2024

Producers and Directors

$69,100 per year

9% (11,100 more jobs)

Costume Designers

$63,670 per year

3% (700 more jobs)

Writers and Authors

$58,850 per year

2% (3,100 more jobs)

For More Information

Department of Communication and Theatre
Auburn University at Montgomery
Liberal Arts 223

Soaring Warhawks

  • Laura Bramblette is the sound editor for Jim Robbie and the Wanderers podcast and has appeared in Town of the Living Dead on the Sci Fi Channel.
  • Daniel Brown is director of audience services at the Texas Shakespeare Festival.
  • Brittany Carden has appeared in TV’s BonesBrooklyn 99Mistresses, and Supergirl.

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

Total semester hours for the Theatre program (including core courses) — (minimum) 120–124

Course sampling specific to the Theatre major includes:

Required Courses

Course #

Course Name

Course Description

COMM 1010 or COMM 2212

Introduction to Human Communication or Public Speaking


  • Introduction to Human Communication: An introduction to the basic concepts involved in the study of speech communication and the application of these concepts through performance in various contexts, such as interpersonal, small group and public address.
  • Public Speaking: Structure, style and delivery of various types of speeches for different occasions. Theory and study of current examples combined with practice.

THEA 2040

Theatre Appreciation


THEA 2103



Stagecraft: Study and practice in theatre stagecraft, focusing on construction methods, scene painting, rigging and handling of scenery and backstage organization.

THEA 2113 and/or THEA 2123

Stage Lighting and/or Costume Constructions

  • Stage Lighting: Study and practice in theatre lighting, including designing, hanging, focusing, maintaining and repairing stage lighting instruments. Students will produce light plots and paperwork needed for production.
  • Costume Construction: Study and practice in theatre costuming, including pattern drafting and cutting, basic sewing techniques, construction methods and backstage organization and maintenance. Students in this course construct costumes and may serve as running crew during the semester’s productions.

THEA 3413

Fundamentals of Acting

Fundamentals of Acting: Study and practice of basic acting theory and technique.

THEA 3613

Scene Design

Scene Design: A fundamental design course geared toward enhancing basic principles of scenic design and developing a practical knowledge of all drawings pertaining to theatrical design.


THEA 4310

Dramatic Literature and Theatre History of the Western World I

Dramatic Literature and Theatre History of the Western World I: Traces dramatic literature and theatre history from the rituals of ancient civilizations to the middle of the 19th-century.

THEA 4320

Dramatic Literature and Theatre History of the Western World II

Dramatic Literature and Theatre History of the Western World II: Traces dramatic literature and theatre history from the mid-19thcentury to today.

THEA 2914

Theatre Practicum (4 semester hours)

Theatre Practicum: One-hour credit in any aspect of production (acting, directing, construction, design or management) in any one semester. Work completed

in this course must be exclusive of laboratory hours required in other Theatre

courses. May be repeated for additional credit.

ENGL 3050

Advanced Expository Writing

Advanced Expository Writing:

The practice and theory of expository writing; the command of language for clear and forceful communication of ideas. Attention given to practical composition, including research writing and writing in special fields.

ENGL 4080

Literary Criticism

Literary Criticism: A study of the history and fundamental principles of literary criticism from Aristotle to the present.



ENGL Drama Course

Foreign Language (8 semester hours)

Social Science

Theatre Electives (12 semester hours)