Master of Arts Degree in Theatre
On-Campus and Online Degree Overview:
Are you ready to take your passion for theatre to the next level? A Master of Arts in Theatre will help you do just that. Our accelerated one-year graduate program fits perfectly into any working professional's busy schedule. As a student, you will be taught all aspects of the art form, from theory to production, in a Christ-centered teaching environment. At Regent, you have the unique opportunity to earn your theatre degree completely online or choose to include practical, hands-on training through our on-campus summer residency program.
Upon graduation, you will be equipped to work in the industry, on the mission field, in the church and classroom, or to pursue a doctoral degree. A Master of Arts in Theatre will allow you to fully utilize your God-given talents and help you to succeed as a professional, artist and communicator.
Rebecca McCoy-Reese is a theatre professor at a small Baptist college in Bluefield, Va., who graduated from Regent University in 2010 with a Master of Arts in Theatre with a concentration in theatre studies. She chose to enroll at Regent as a distance-education student because the program fit into her busy schedule, which required balancing coursework with a full-time job.
McCoy-Reese was initially skeptical about receiving a Christian-based theatre degree. "I had the same basic thoughts that the rest of the world has about anything to do with 'Christian theatre' that it is 'less than,'" she explains. "I came here thinking, 'Maybe I'll get a good education' yet I have been thoroughly impressed by the education I've received at Regent."
Though she fulfilled most of her degree online, it required a period of face-to-face training through Regent's eight-week summer intensive program. This hands-on training provided her with a tangible experience that connected her with her professors. When asked about the benefits of a Regent education, she reflects, "The professors know, and are excited by, what they are doing. They teach Jesus with excellence, and that is so very important to me. I could not imagine getting a better education corresponding with my worldview anywhere else."
Winnie Coleman graduated in 2003 with a Master of Arts in Theatre. While searching for a graduate degree, she was intrigued by the mission statement for Regent University's Department of Theatre Arts.
"Their tagline, 'theatre taught from a Christian worldview,' stunned me because I didn't think there was such a thing as a Christian theatre degree," Coleman says. Coleman maintains that the friendships she fostered at Regent have had the greatest impact on her personal and professional life. From these friendships, she was able to create a professional network of like-minded artists. She states, "Many of my past jobs came through the contacts I made at Regent."
Since she graduated, Coleman has built her career around using theatre and the arts to point others toward God. She adds, "It is through the arts that we can reach a young generation with the love of Christ." Over the past ten years, she has been involved in theatre-based outreach initiatives for youth in various parts of the world. In 2007, Coleman led a group of Regent theatre students on a mission trip to Malta. Coleman continues to keep in close contact with the Regent community and has performed alongside many fellow alumni and current students.
Today, Coleman and her husband, Aaron, are full-time missionaries involved in arts programming in Osijek, Croatia.