Welcome, Future Drama and Film Students!
There are many opportunities for students at JSU Theatre and Film.
For students in theatre, it means working both on or off stage for our season. All students, from first years to seniors, are eligible to audition for mainstage productions as well as work backstage, whether it's crew, designers, as technicians or even directing. Students are also encouraged to generate their own opportunities, and to try a number of different theatre projects and positions outside of our MainStage season through student directed work, student films, and our Scripted Studio Series.
There are many student films in production through out the year, offering incoming students a chance to gain hands on experience along with work in class. We also produce a department film annually, providing experience in working on a fully supported project and offering leadership positions for students.
"Friendliest campus in the South" isn't just a slogan at JSU. At JSU Drama we are a family. Everyone works together to build our shows and attends classes together so the bonds created between students and faculty are strong. No matter what your quirks or special talents, you will find a use for them and a home in JSU Drama.
Both the faculty and the students work very hard together, but also have a lot of fun together, too. While we all pride ourselves on our fun, informal, family-like rapport, we also strive for high professional standards and push each other to be the best we can be.
At JSU Drama, we are always looking forward to what we can do to improve outcomes for our students in the classroom and production. The same is true of our facilities. As we grow, we add technology and equipment so that students are provided more hands-on learning experience with cutting edge tools of the industry.
Not only do we spend a lot of time working with the students in the classroom, we also help, teach, and work alongside students outside of classes as well. The primary example is our MainStage production work, where faculty and students work together on stage and in the shops, give students plenty of hands-on, practical experience. We also advise and mentor students throughout their entire time as Drama majors, including a path for their personal role in the theatre as well as career advice for the future.
There is also opportunity to join and participate as part of the Omicron Eta cast of Alpha Psi Omega, the honorary fraternity for theatre. Alpha Psi members complete service projects and fundraisers for theatre related charities as well as producing at least one show a year in partnership with the Department.
First and foremost, we teach the necessary skills for gainful employment in (and out of) the professional theatre world and entertainment industry. We also support and coach students through important work placement opportunities, such as professional auditions and job fairs, including important organizations such as SETC, The Institute of Outdoor Theatre, and UPTA. Professional summer work and internships are also encouraged. Students have the opportunity to take courses in Auditions and Portfolio preparation. Advisors also help give each individual student professional advice as they prepare to graduate and enter the job market.
Our alumni are working in theatres and on films, television, and digital media all over the country.