Students in Communication and Theatre find many opportunities to put their developing skills into action, create network connections, and learn industry standards through professional internships, conference presentations, practicums, publications, and productions. There are a number of career opportunities for majors in this department.
AUM Ida Belle Young Distinguished Research and Distinguished Teaching Professor, Mike Winkelman (right) was the 2022 inductee into the Alabama Conference of Theatre Hall of Fame honoring pioneers in Alabama theatre as presented by Jeff Glass, current President of ACT and 2004 graduate of AUM, BA English. The award ceremony was held at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival as part of the annual ACT Summit on Saturday, August 20. Several AUM alumni from various departments were on hand, either in person or virtually, to offer their gratitude for their experiential academic opportunities and congratulations on this well deserved honor.
ACT is a premiere resource in Alabama to improve, encourage, create, train, network, promote, and maintain theatre through their five divisions: Theatre for Youth, Secondary, College/University, Community, and Professional. ACT holds theatre festivals and provides other resources to theatre artists throughout Alabama and beyond.
In the Department of Communication, students can choose from three options, or tracks: Communication Studies, Journalism or Public Relations.
Communication Studies Plan of Study
Journalism Plan of Study
Public Relations Plan of Study
Students in the Theatre option put classroom training and skills to work in every aspect of our mainstage theatre lab productions as emerging artists. This award-winning program participates in and provides leadership for state, regional and national theatre organizations such as the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Southeastern Theatre Conference, United States Institute of Theatre Technology and the Alabama Conference of Theatre.
Theatre Plan of Study
The communications laboratories complement the classroom study of journalism, broadcasting, and public relations by giving you experience and equipment similar to that which you will encounter during your careers. Round out your resume by combining classroom training with other experiences available to AUM communication students in our campus television studio, or by writing or editing the student print publication, AUMnibus.
Our communication studio lab offers new media tools and software and thanks to Raycom Media, we have recently renovated. Broadcast control rooms and studios allow you to gain skills for a career in broadcasting, public relations and journalism. You can use the print media studio to sharpen your skills in writing, print design and layout. The computer laboratory is equipped with computer technology to aid in teaching: Desktop Publishing, Journalism, Publication Design and Layout and Internet Web Page Design.
For reservations or more information, please contact Michelle Johnson during regular business hours by phone at 334-244-3379 or by email at [email protected].
Theatre AUM acts as a practicum for all AUM students and allows students hands-on experience that is invaluable to their careers offering a unique blend of theatrical practice—the skills, crafts, and attitudes necessary to succeed.
For reservations or more information please contact Katie Pearson during regular business hours by phone at 334-244-3632 or by e-mail at [email protected].
If you would like to be notified about upcoming Theatre AUM events or would like to be added to our audition list please e-mail [email protected].
Learn more about scholarships specific to students in the Communication and Theatre Department.
Any AUM student can participate in our campus involvement opportunities.
Here are resources to help you answer questions about career and internship opportunities.
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