Goals & Objectives

To provide students with comprehensive curricular, performance and technical experiences on the undergraduate level, preparing them to pursue a career in theatre and/or cinematic arts, graduate study and/or a wide range of careers.

  • Continually examine curricula.
  • Ensure that our production seasons allow students to work in a wide variety of historical and stylistic periods.
  • Ensure that students are exposed to new and developing production technologies.
  • Maintain rigorous academic and production standards.

To provide theatre and cinematic arts courses for the liberal arts education of Radford University students.

  • Offer adequate introductory courses to at least begin to address the demands of general education.
  • Offer a production season that will expose students to a wide variety of historical and stylistic periods.

Provide pre-professional experiences for majors.

  • Maintain an active production program on the main stage and in the Hawes Studio Theatre.
  • Encourage students to seek internships with professional companies.
  • Encourage students to work in summer stock.

To provide and promote theatre and cinematic arts activities which reflect the diversity and complexity of world drama and cinema for the university, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation.

  • Produce scripts that reflect the ethnic and cultural diversity of our national drama.
  • Produce scripts that reflect at least some of the ethnic and cultural diversity of international drama.
  • Produce a wide variety of genres.
  • Produce new scripts whenever feasible.

To make significant contributions to the development of American and international theatre and cinematic arts.

  • Produce scripts by new playwrights whenever possible.
  • Participate in state, regional, national and international theatre and cinematic arts organizations

To provide students with opportunities to extend their curricular and production experiences in a professional environment.

  • Encourage students to participate in internships with professional theatre.
  • Encourage students to work in summer stock.
  • Encourage students to become active in professional organizations.

To provide students with an international learning environment that embraces the diversity of human culture.

  • Support our students’ participation in exchange programs.
  • Provide study-abroad opportunities for our students.
  • When feasible bring international artists to campus.
  • Ensure that our curriculum and our production seasons include international scripts.

To provide and promote the use of current technology in the classroom and in production environments in order to develop each student’s ability to use creative and critical thinking skills as an artistic tool for effective communication in all areas of the artistic process.

  • Seek to maintain current computer hardware and software for student and faculty use.