Why ACU Theatre?

Why study theatre at Abilene Christian University? Here are a few reasons:

  • We produce quality theatre influenced by our Christian worldview.
  • A maximum of 12 freshmen/transfer students are admitted each fall, determined by audition/interview.
  • Limited total enrollment of 50 students provides more performance opportunities for each student and smaller faculty/student ratios.
  • Training reflects cutting-edge, contemporary curriculum including the Alexander Technique, the Linklater Vocal Technique, and concepts of actor training from Robert Cohen, Michael Shurtleff, David Craig, the Atlantic Theatre Company, and Stanislavski.
  • The Williams Performing Arts Center, a $17 million facility opened in 2003, features the Fulks Theater (a 325-seat theater) and the Culp Theater (a multi-form theater).
  • The Homecoming Musical is performed annually in the 2,100-seat Abilene Civic Center.
  • Theatre students’ academic awards have included Dean’s Honor Roll (more than 50 percent regularly), Valedictorian, Trustees’ Award, B. Sherrod, Dean Adams, Servant Leader, Who’s Who, University Scholar and Honor Student.
  • Theatre students’ average GPA and SAT\ACT score exceeds university average.
  • B.A. or B.F.A. is awarded in six different tracks.
  • Alumni are successful in grad school as well as in professional employment.
Emmy-nominated Production Designer Nelson Coates

Alumnus Nelson Coates ('84) discusses faith and the film industry in ACU Theatre Chapel. Coates is known for Flight (with Denzel Washington), The Proposal (with Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds), Secret in the Eyes (with Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts) and the Emmy-winning Stephen King's The Stand.

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