Department of Theatre

The vibrant and exciting world of theatre is constantly evolving, creating new career opportunities. Prepare for your career in professional theatres though performance opportunities and exceptional classroom training within an environment that will help you learn the significance of empathy and compassion gained though the Christian perspective offered in the Department of Theatre.

Stewart Hawley

Department Chair
“Become the performer you were created to be. We do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that we may become fellow partakers of it. This is what makes us better artists and helps us to connect to the truth of art. We train our actors to become authentic and creative for stage and film. We seek to help equip our performers with the tools they need to become successful in the world of stage and film.”

Theatre, Performance Track, B.A.

Expand your performance abilities while broadening and diversifying your knowledge of theatre literature and performance techniques through the BA in Theatre with a concentration in Performance.

Theatre, Directing/Stage Management Track, B.A.

Cultivate your leadership abilities while expanding your knowledge of theatre literature and theatre arts through the BA in Theatre with a concentration in Directing and Stage Management.

Performance, Acting, B.F.A.

The artistry of taking stories of humanity and bringing them to life on at stage requires skill, insight and understanding. This professional degree is a comprehensive pre-professional program combining fundamental and cutting-edge actor training focused on Meisner, Adler, and Uta Hagan. The BFA equips you for the real world of auditioning and preparing for a role in film and stage. Earn your BFA in Acting with the Alabama School of the Arts.

Musical Theatre, B.M.

Get the professional musical theatre training you need in acting, dance and voice in a diverse, collaborative and Christ-centered environment. With your BM in Musical Theatre, you receive performance-focused training with opportunities to be in musicals, operas, plays, workshops and showcases.

Performance, Musical Theatre, B.F.A.

You were called to create, to bring stories to life on the stage. Earning your BFA in Musical Theatre will prepare you as an actor and musician as you receive the training you need to enter the professional world. You will learn to showcase your abilities and talents while preserving and refining your individuality through the disciplines of acting, singing and dance.

Musical Theatre, M.A.

Continue your theatrical training and earn your masters degree in one year through the Master of Arts in Musical Theatre with Alabama School of the Arts. This degree will prepare you as an advanced professional practitioner or teacher of theatrical practice as you become a vested marketable performer in theatre. As a graduate of this degree program, you will also be prepared to further your educational training and goals toward a DMA or DFA.

Theatre Certificate

Make your degree in any major more valuable with a certificate in Theatre, when you complete 13 hours of Theatre coursework. The University of Mobile’s Theatre Certificate offers non-theatre majors an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in an area of theatre discipline. The certificate may be completed by any UM undergraduate student who is not a theatre major.

Interested in Graduate Studies?

Learn, be challenged and grow. In the Alabama School of the Arts Graduate Studies Department at the University of Mobile, you have the opportunity to work with world-class educators who are active in their field, all in an environment of care, collaboration and support.

What does NAME think about the Music program?

"The Alabama School of the Arts has been a place where I am safe to create and grow not only as a performer, but as a person. I am surrounded by artists and faculty who push me and do not let me settle for less than I am capable of. I am pursuing a daunting career, but I know God has called me for this purpose and to this place." – Lauren Routeledge, BFA Musical Theatre | 2022

"ASOTA has been such a blessing for me. I transferred to UM spring semester of my sophomore year and just fell in love. I've been challenged by my professors and my peers to do my absolute best, and I've grown so much from it. The Chair of the Theatre Department, Stewart Hawley, really pushes me as an actor physically (stage combat) and emotionally; it's been amazing! I feel like I am truly loved here and encouraged to keep pushing the boundaries as a performer." – Sabina Mana-ay, BFA Acting | 2021


The process is simple.

1. Audition for our faculty.
2. Apply to the University of Mobile.