Master of Arts Degree in Theatre

Online Degree Overview

Are you ready to take your passion for theatre to the next level? Regent's online Master of Arts in Theatre will help you do just that. Designed to educate the master scholar/artist from theory to production in a Christ-centered teaching environment, our Master of Arts in Theatre program seeks to produce well-rounded scholars and artists equipped to apply the Christian World View to a wide-range of theatre scholarship and practice. Students pursuing the online Master of Arts in Theatre will focus their attention on the theories and practices of Christian aesthetics as well as a range of practitioner-oriented disciplines including acting, directing and design.

Although the degree can be completed entirely online, and within one calendar year, an optional three week summer residency affords the student opportunities to take on-campus course work in acting and directing.  It is also possible for the student to gain valuable practical experience by registering for practicum and/or internship credits tied to Tidewater Stage, Regent University’s professional summer theater in residence.

Master of Arts in Theatre Highlights

Curriculum: View courses and descriptions.
Length: 30 credits. May be completed in 12 months. Students may begin the program in the fall, spring or summer semesters.
Format: Offered entirely online (or as an on-campus hybrid) with an optional three-week summer residency on our Virginia Beach campus.
Results: Master of Arts in Theatre.
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Career Opportunities

As a student in the Master of Arts in Theatre program, you will be exposed to critical facets of theatrical scholarship and production, ensuring that upon graduation you are prepared for a variety of theatre-related employment. Upon completion of the MA in Theatre Arts degree program, you will be equipped to serve in such roles as:

Production Director, Technical Director, Director of Theatre/Drama Ministry, Casting Director, High School Theatre Teacher, Dramaturge, Set Designer, Box Office Manager, Costume Designer, House Manager

Master of Arts in Theatre graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate and apply the Christian faith and Biblical truth and principles to the study and practices of theatre.
  • Demonstrate the use of research methods in the creation of original scholarship and/or the application of aesthetics, Christian as well as secular, in creative works.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively critique and review theatre literature in order to evaluate varied theatre genres and to understand their structure and meaning.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze text from an acting and directing perspective as well as the ability to effectively communicate with various collaborative theatre artists and scholars.
  • Students will demonstrate their obtained knowledge of theatre studies through realizing one of the following final projects: writing a thesis paper on some aspect of theory, criticism or literature of the theatre; execute a creative project informed by scholarly research and analysis; or, passing a comprehensive examination.

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Rebecca McCoy-Reese
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Regent Grad, 2010

" I could not imagine getting a better education corresponding with my worldview anywhere else."

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