Arkansas Tech offers a full course of study in theatre, featuring thirty-three hours of theatre-related classes. Required courses include acting, voice, play analysis, theatrical design, stagecraft, theatre history, and production experience. Additional courses are available in directing and playwriting, along with other advanced topics. ATU’s program aims to prepare students for careers in theatre or in other professions requiring strong presentation abilities, aesthetic sense, and/or organizational skills. The Theatre Program also works in tandem with the degree program in Comm/Theatre Education, training the next generation of teachers.
ATU Theatre’s performance space is the Techionery Theatre, newly remodeled in 2014 (across from Baz-Tech). The Theatre Program stages several productions a year. Any Arkansas Tech student, regardless of major, is welcome to audition and participate in these productions. For more information about upcoming productions and auditions, see the Communication and Journalism Facebook page.
ARKANSAS RADIO THEATRE
The Department of Communication and Journalism houses the Arkansas Radio Theatre. Founded in 2007, the Radio Theatre is dedicated to audio performances of new plays and adaptations of classic literature. The Arkansas Radio Theatre has a longstanding partnership with the Arkansas Information Reading Service (AIRS), bringing audio plays to the visually impaired throughout the state. Radio shows are broadcast at 7 p.m. on Saturdays on KXRJ 91.9 FM. You can also listen to the web simulcast. Archived broadcasts can be found on atu.sharestream.net in the Radio Theatre For more information about auditions and scheduling, see the Communication and Journalism Facebook page.