About Shenandoah University
About the Theatre Division:
Shenandoah Conservatory’s Theatre Division is in an exciting period of development. Beyond having one of the country’s most distinguished Musical Theatre programs, the Theatre Division — which focuses exclusively on undergraduate B.F.A. training and is uniquely situated within a comprehensive performing arts conservatory — includes an innovative Meisner-based Acting program, and an intensive undergraduate Theatre Design & Production (TDP) program. The TDP Program houses six areas of emphasis: Scenic Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Stage Management, Technical Production, and Sound Design and Reinforcement.
The three BFA degree programs maintain a reputation for excellence in pre-professional training and keep a constant eye on the industry, providing highly individualized education in a rigorous yet supportive environment. The conservatory maintains multiple performance spaces across campus. Main theatre performance spaces include Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre (a 610-seat proscenium theatre), Glaize Studio Theatre (a flexible black box), as well as the Harold Herman Lab Theatre (a uniquely flexible teaching and student performance space that is scheduled for completion by February 2020). Other conservatory-related performance spaces include Armstrong Concert Hall, Goodson Chapel – Recital Hall and Shingleton Dance Space. In addition to a robust traditional production calendar, Shenandoah Conservatory also hosts a resident professional summer stock theatre, Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre (SSMT). As one of the country’s largest campus-based summer musical theatre seasons, SSMT welcomes over 20,000 patrons annually, producing three full-scale musicals, and employing student and professional theatre artists in every department.
About Shenandoah Conservatory:
Shenandoah Conservatory was founded in 1875 and has an extraordinary legacy of shaping music and the performing arts in Virginia and beyond. Located at the head of the historic Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA, 70 miles west of Washington, D.C., the conservatory is now home to over 640 award- winning students from across the nation and globe enrolled in baccalaureate, masters and doctoral curricula in the areas of music, theatre and dance, and includes a distinguished faculty of over 125, half of whom are full-time.
Beyond being a comprehensive performing arts school, Shenandoah Conservatory is home to exceptional artists and scholars who are unusually oriented towards collaboration and innovative approaches to the career preparation of students. The conservatory’s ShenCoLAB (formerly titled Student Performance Week) is but one example of the conservatory’s nation-leading embrace of innovation and collaboration; a (first-in-the country) week-long stoppage of all classes and rehearsals across all programs with the school turned over to students for student-led (and faculty mentored) collaborative projects. The conservatory’s proximity to Washington, D.C. and Dulles Airport, ensures easy access to and regular interaction with professionals from around the country and world. www.su.edu/conservatory
About Shenandoah University:
Shenandoah University is a diverse institution of approximately 3,800 students enrolled in baccalaureate, masters and doctoral curricula in business, arts and sciences, health professions and performing arts. Shenandoah University is an independent, coeducational institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Please visit www.su.edu for more information.