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Theater Program BA

Schreiner offers courses leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Theatre. The Theatre program supports the Schreiner University Theatrestandards of liberal arts education expressed in the philosophy of the University. Both lower and upper level courses in theatre prepare students for careers in professional, educational, and community theatre programs, as well as further and more specific study in graduate theatre programs. Individualized instruction is emphasized in certain upper level theatre courses through internship opportunities, as well as performance responsibilities. This program emphasizes a strong, general foundation in theatre basics. Majors may pursue either a technical or performance theatre focus.

The major consists of 24 advanced hours in theatre: THRE 3301, 3302, 3305, 4332, 4333, 4340, 4350 or 4351, and 4398.

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BA Theatre

The Schreiner University Theatre Department offers students a variety of coursework in theatre basics leading to a major in theatre, a chance to direct in their junior and senior years, as well as participating in all the other vital aspects of live theatrical performance (i.e. lighting, set construction, stage managing, sound, costumes, etc.)  Schreiner's Hanszen Fine Arts Theatre averages four productions per year (two per semester), each rendering students an outlet to develop their acting and technical abilities within an intimate setting with a capacity of 75-100.

Dr. Sullivan, who has studied under Dr. Oscar Brockett at the University of Texas at Austin and Dr. Paul Baker, formerly of The Dallas Theatre Center at Trinity University, has considerable theatric insight due to extensive on-stage experience in television and on stage specializing in choreography and directing. Though she directs at least one play per semester, many performances are student-directed with Dr. Sullivan available for advice and technical supervision.

For theatre majors, there are internships available through two regional theatres: the Smith-Ritch Theatre at the Hill Country Arts Foundation and at Playhouse 2000.

A few of Schreiner University's recent productions include:
Equus | Caucasian Chalk Circle | The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds

Productions from the not-so-recent include:
The Glass Menagerie | True West | Crimes of the Heart | Tally's and Son | After the Fall | J.B. | Endgame | The Chairs

  • » The Flag is Up Productions

    The Flag is Up Productions presents plays in the Hanszen Fine Arts Studio Theatre located on the campus loop.  Admission is free to university students, staff and faculty; $2.00 for community residents. Upcoming The Flag is Up Productions events are included in the Center for Innovative Learning calendar shown below.   Performance dates and venues are subject to change.

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  • » Shout for Theatre!

    Dr. Claudia Sullivan

    Shout for Theatre!
    by Dr. Claudia Sullivan
    April 28, 2006

    Like many of you, I sometimes wonder why I teach what I teach. What was it all those years ago that first captured my imagination about a particular subject, or what was the spark that ignited an interest or curiosity in an area of learning? For me, it was when I was four years old and I was left, by myself, on the stage after all my fellow ballerinas had departed for the stage wings. I loved the applause. I loved being on stage, in another world filled with sound and music, and color and story.

    Now, all those many years later (this is my 29th year at Schreiner, after all) I sometimes struggle to find that spark again. I will admit, hesitantly that there are days when it feels like a drudge, but, gladly, there are more days when it still feels like magic, like wonder, like awe...when a student says, "I loved your class," or "I never have thought of it THAT way before," or "Thanks for changing my life." Yes, there are times when it all comes together for all of when the graduates pass us in the graduation line and give us a hug, or when a talented pre-med student gets into the med school of their choice, or better yet....when that same student comes back years later with a fellowship to a prestigious hospital, or when you know they FINALLY got it. Then you know you made the right are a teacher, a mentor, a (God forbid!) role model.

    Well, it all came together for me tonight in the illuminated and illuminating space of the Union Church on the southwest corner of our campus. It all came together in Derek Horton's production of Samuel Beckett's classic play, WAITING FOR GODOT (with Brian Crabb, Tom D'Amore, Matthew Willis, Chris Scheckel, and Matt Utey). I wish you all could have been there to see what we do when we do what we do really, really well. I remember the Magic of live theatre. I marvel in the beauty of dramatic words set to dramatic situations, and I am challenged by the power of the idea of art and theatre and performance and the ritual of the aesthetic journey. I am reminded why I teach what I teach and why playwright, Arthur Miller was correct when he said that ' is not just dessert, it is the bread of life.' Times are tough on the liberal arts and even tougher on those aspects of higher education that don't readily compute into big salaries and long-term job security. So why do we need music, art, theatre, dance, and literature for that matter. Because it reminds us of what it is to be human, to be connected as humans, and to begin to comprehend all else that there is beyond being human. I wish you all could see our production because, yes, it inspires me, it captivates me, and it stirs me to do what I do and to live in the hope that it is not for naught. Live theatre is fun. Live theatre is, and can be, and should be as important and as an integral part of our cultural lives as live sports, reading literature, spiritual contemplation, and life-long physical fitness.

    Enough said. I just couldn't let the night go by without letting you know how relevant "GODOT" is. Thanks for reading to the end.

    Dr. Claudia Sullivan
    Professor of Theatre and Communications
    phone:  830-792-7401


Heather Cunningham Cunningham, Heather
Adjunct Instructor of Theatre
Office:  Hanszen 6
(830) 792-7472 |
Jeffrey Cunningham Cunningham, Jeffrey (Jeff)
Adjunct Instructor of Theater
Office: Hanszen 6
(830) 792-7472  |
Dr. Claudia Sullivan Sullivan, Dr. Claudia
Professor of Theatre & Communication Studies
Chair, Department of Performing Arts
Office:  Hanszen 2
(830) 792-7401  |