Drama

She Kills Monsters

JSU Drama now offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Drama and Film.  The Bachelor of Arts in Drama gives undergraduate students the opportunity to act, design, write, direct and stage manage and students choose an academic concentration in Performance or Production. Our emphasis is on helping to create well-rounded theatre artists who experience  a variety of the disciplines for creating theatre.

The Bachelor of Arts in Film is an interdisciplinary degree combining coursework in Film, Drama, English, and Art to provide a flexible program which allows students to prepare for a variety of careers.  Students study the theory and history of film, film criticism, and other areas of interest all while gaining hands on experience in film production.

We also offer a minor in Drama and a minor in Film and Entertainment Technology.   

Are you considering studying Drama or Film with us?  Check out the Future Students page for more info and to contact us!

students perform on the Ernest Stone stage

Production

Our production concentration allows you to specialize in costuming, lighting, scenic, stage management, sound.  You may also choose a more general path in theatrical design, technology, or management.  You are provided opportunities for main stage designs and major technical assignments throughout the academic year to enhance your coursework.

close up of actors in a JSU Drama production on the Ernest Stone Performing Arts Center main stage

Performance

Our Performance concentration includes courses in acting, speech, movement along with electives in classes such as directing, puppetry, and dance.  This training in a variety of methods is combined with opportunity gain stage experience in drama department mainstage productions, student-directed one-acts and other events such as our 10-minute play festival and staged readings/activities during the academic year. 

students and instructors work on a project on the Longleaf green screen sound stage

Film

Our Film major blends rigorous coursework with experience working on film productions to prepare for careers in film and related areas. Core classes in production, camera, theory, and the history of film combine with electives that allow you to pursue your chosen career path. 

Classroom

Minors

In addition to the major in Drama, we offer minors in Drama or Film and Entertainment technology.

Box Office

Visit www.jsudrama.com or call (256) 782-5648 to purchase tickets 

The Laramie Project

Show poster for the Laramie ProjectJSU Drama presents The Laramie Project: a play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project

In October 1998, Matthew Shepard, age 21, was brutally beaten and left to die on the plains outside Laramie, Wyoming. Because he was gay. Over the next year, Moisés Kaufman and a team of writers and actors from Tectonic took six trips to Laramie, where they interviewed citizens of the town – some unconnected with the tragedy, and some intimately involved. Using Moment Work, the company created The Laramie Project, a stunning theatrical examination of the immediate reactions of Matt Shepard’s community to the murder and to the underlying bigotry and hatred that enabled it. The Laramie Project has since been seen by over 30 million people around the world.

Our production will be available for streaming online.  Tickets are $10 and will go on sale October 15th.  

Showtimes

  • October 30 and November 2 at 7:30 pm
  • October 31 and November 1 at 2:30 pm

Scripted Studio

An extension of the Drama Department’s main stage offerings, this series features staged readings of new plays by contemporary playwrights, as well as works from the traditional dramatic canon.  All Scripted Studio events are free and available online.  See the calendar for dates and titles.  

The Best Laid Plan(t)s

On October 20, we will present a reading of Best Laid Plan(t)s by Donna Hoke.  Bennett won't believe what his best friend and sister keep telling him: his girlfriend Nina is maybe a little toxic. Bennett also won't believe what Nina is telling him: that his best friend Jason has feelings for him.  After a jealous Nina maybe accidentally sets fire to Bennett's apartment, Bennett reexamines his feelings and is stunned to discover that labels lose and love wins--if only someone other than his plants will believe him.

This event is free, but tickets are required.

Showtime

The Shakespeare Project

Shakespeare Project logoWe are proud to partner with The Shakespeare Project. The goal of The Shakespeare Project is to introduce area high school students to Shakespeare's works free of charge. We believe that the plays are of central importance to the education of young minds and have an edifying effect when presented in a dynamic, modern way. Also, area high school English teachers often find themselves having to teach or stage Shakespeare without having had any specific training in the subject. We offer our area high school teachers specialized training by renowned professionals. This too is free of charge. Once a year, then, The Shakespeare Project aims to put on eight consecutive performances, with professional actors and crew.

Visit The Shakespeare Project website

Mission Statement

The mission of the Jacksonville State University Drama department is to provide a strong liberal arts education while promoting respect for and appreciation of the art of theatre and film. Through an academically rigorous and supportive, creative environment we cultivate critical thinking, analysis, and skills for artistic expression needed to build a career, while providing opportunities for higher level development within our students' chosen specialties.  We also seek to produce a multifaceted, high quality, and challenging theatrical experience on our stages to enrich the university and surrounding communities.