The Abilene Christian University Department of Theatre is committed to providing quality training and opportunity for the disciplined theatre artist in a nurturing environment that models Christian values. The ACU Theatre makes use of several performance spaces.
The Williams Performing Arts Center has two performance areas: the Fulks Theatre, a 320-seat thrust theatre and the Culp Theatre, an intimate multi-form space. Large-scale musicals are presented in the 2,100-seat Abilene Civic Center. The Abilene Shakespeare Festival is produced each summer through the Department of Theatre.
ACU's faculty of Christian scholars and professionals are the foundation for student success. Each faculty member is an expert in their field, and at building supportive relationships with ACU students.
NOTE: An audition is required for admission. To schedule an audition, click on the "Future Students" tab and select "Auditions and Interviews."
The Department of Theatre is committed to providing quality training and opportunity for the disciplined theatre artist in a nurturing environment that models Christian values.
To provide quality training and opportunity for the disciplined theatre artist in a nurturing environment that models Christian values.
The ACU Theatre has at its base a system of values anchored in the Judeo-Christian God. We believe each individual who comes to us is God-created and carries his image in unique, creative ways. We believe in an integrated life in which spiritual depth, intellectual pursuit, artistic excellence, emotional stability, and physical soundness are bound together in a total approach to work and play.
Vocation, Discipline, Community and Christian Values
"I believe that each work of art, whether it is a work of great genius, or something very small, comes to the artist and says, 'Here I am. Enflesh me. Give birth to me.' And the artist either says, ‘My soul doth magnify the Lord,' and willingly becomes the bearer of the work, or refuses."No matter what path in life we assume to earn our living, we have been called into the vocation of theatre.
It is no easy task to comprehend such a calling, nor is it easy to walk such a path. However, we seek the integration of faith and artistic life, and we believe it must be stated clearly that the basis of our life and work (whether in the selection of plays, the building of syllabi for classes, the completion of homework, casting, rehearsals, or crew work) is found in the spiritual values of historic Christianity.
Williams Performing Arts Center
The 92,000-square-foot WPAC is the second largest building on campus and one of the top performance venues among colleges and universities in the Southwest. It was part of the $100 million "To Lead and To Serve" campaign that raised more than $114 million for ACU. Designed to be the home of ACU's departments of music and theatre, it includes:
Audition dates are November 16, 2018 (open audition - no screening video required), January 25, 2019 and February 15, 2019. All prospective students should be admitted to the University before they come to their audition.
Contact us at:
325-674-2065 or email@example.com
What can I study at ACU Theatre?
Areas of study include the following tracks: Acting, Directing, Musical Theatre, Dance, Design/Technical, Theatre Ministry or Theatre Education.
What kind of opportunities will I have?
A typical ACU season consists of five or more productions including a large scale musical, classical productions, a Cornerstone production, student-directed works and a summer Shakespeare Festival. Students have opportunities to act, sing, dance and direct; to design costumes, sets, lights, makeup and hair; to stage manage, dramaturge, engage in stage combat and dialect work, and more!
Can I really make a living in theatre?
Absolutely! See examples of alumni who have done just that.
Why should I choose ACU Theatre?
Other universities might offer this kind of quality. But what makes ACU unique is the added dimension of the Christian worldview that defines our work as artists. At ACU Theatre you will find a group of believers who are dedicated to exploring the issues of faith and art.
If you are searching for a place to experience quality theatre, prepare yourself for a life work, and work alongside other believer-artists, ACU could very well be the school for you!
The ACU Theatre program offers a BFA in seven different tracks: Acting, Dance, Design/Tech, Directing, Musical Theatre, Theatre Education, and Theatre Ministry. You may audition for up to two tracks at the same time.
Admission to the ACU Theatre Department is by audition (performers, directors, education and ministry tracks) or interview (designers/technical theatre).
Open auditions (no screening video required) for a place in the August incoming class for both new students and currently enrolled ACU students considering a theatre major will be held November. Admission to the University is required before your audition. Please register for an audition.
To be considered for an invitation to a callback on-campus in January or February for a place in the incoming class, please submit a short audition video of your work. Instructions for composing your audition video will be emailed to you after you have completed the audition registration information.
You will hear back from us by the first week in January to know if you have been selected for an on-campus callback audition and interview.
To be accepted into the Theatre major program at ACU, you must:
The audition/interview registration application requires the following:
For open auditions in November, students desiring Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Theatre Education or Directing should prepare one 60-second monologue. A scene will be provided in advance and will be coached at the audition. Singers (required for Musical Theatre, optional for other tracks) should prepare a verse and chorus of a Broadway-style song along with the 60-second monologue. An accompanist will be provided, but please also bring recorded accompaniment to the audition. Bring your sheet music mounted on card stock or in a three-ring binder. A dance audition (musical theatre/jazz combo) will be required for Musical Theatre students and is optional for the Acting track. Bring appropriate dance clothes and shoes.
Designers, Directors and Theatre Education and Theatre Ministry tracks should prepare a portfolio including drawings, photos, press articles, etc. demonstrating your work or showing your dreams. Be prepared to discuss your experience and goals during your interview.
Details on composing an audition Screening Video in consideration of a callback on-campus in January or February will be emailed to you when your audition registration is received. We look forward to hearing from you!
ACU Theatre's limited enrollment provides extensive performance opportunities and close faculty mentoring for each student. Training reflects cutting-edge, contemporary curriculum including the Alexander Technique, the Linklater Vocal Technique, and concepts of actor training from Uta Hagen, Michael Chekhov, Robert Cohen, Meisner and Stanislavski. This training equips students for ACU Theatre's range of stunning productions each season, including both faculty-directed and student-directed works.
Current theatre majors may now access forms and applications in the following formats.
Purchase ACU Theatre tickets online now or call 325-674-ARTS (2787). The Box Office is open weekdays 1-5 p.m. during the academic year (Sept-April).
It is our pleasure to offer an array of plays to capture your interest. The ACU Theatre produces shows that we feel will educate our students in their theatre training and engage our audiences. Consistent quality and professionalism are the hallmarks of ACU Theatre. You may purchase tickets for a single show, or select a season ticket plan that best suits your interests.
Single Show Tickets
Box Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: 325-674-ARTS (2787)
ACU Box 27843
Abilene, TX 79699
Williams Performing Arts Center
Corner of E.N. 16th and Judge Ely Blvd. on the ACU campus
We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, checks, and cash. It is not our policy to refund or exchange tickets, except in the case of season tickets. Prices vary for individual shows. A discounted student-rush price is available 30 minutes prior to show for any remaining tickets.
To purchase tickets, stop by the box office where our warm and friendly staff is happy to provide personal attention. Or, if you prefer the convenience of online ticketing, feel free to do so below.
It is our desire that our patrons have a wonderful theatre experience. Please be considerate of others and do not bring children under 4, or use electronic devices during the show.
Why become a Season Ticket Holder?
Download the brochure or contact Box Office to order.