"It's time to redeem the craft, to reclaim the creativity endowed to us by God, to fill performace spaces all over the world with people who are passionate about the craft, equipped for the work and empowered by the Holy Spirit." Listen to Tracy Manning, Managing and Artistic Director of Theatre, describe her passion for theatre at Taylor.
Theatre students at Taylor are willing to do the hard work. They sacrifice time and energy and immerse themselves into their craft - working together, challenging each other to create a quality performance that honors God and their own pursuit of excellence.
If you become a Taylor theatre student, you can expect:
A Strong and Intentional Community – Taylor is known for community, Christian fellowship and discipleship.
A Focus on Whole Personal Development – It isn't just faculty who are dedicated to your growth, it is also your peers. Excellence at Taylor isn't just about your mind or body – excellence and growth is about your soul.
A Resume Built on High Quality Productions – Your deep passion and commitment to developing your craft will not go unnoticed.
Student-produced casebooks offer key insight into the theatre's mainstage productions. These collections of careful research, analysis and reflection improve the theatrical experience as they allow the director, production team and audience familiarize themselves with the play both before and after the performance.
Opportunities Outside of the Classroom and Theatre Performances
The Taylor Touring Company exists for two primary reasons: training and ministry. We have the unique opportunity each fall to produce a new play with a local playwright. We commit to touring that show for at least nine months, traveling to churches, schools and businesses to present the show. It is a great experience for you because of the challenge to maintain characters and story for that long. Each student takes responsibility for a technical aspect of the show and learns the ins and outs of touring a production on a small scale. It also provides a unique opportunity for us to apply theatre to the Word of God, as we perform our work in churches and schools all over the world. The Company has toured since 2007.
Here are some examples of professional connections through businesses that come to campus:
Nathan Garrison, Production Stage Manager, Indianapolis Repertory Theatre
Kevin Gawley, Professional Lighting Designer, University of Wisconsin
Cory Rodeheaver, Scenic Designer, Taylor Studios, Champagne, IL
Actors From the London Stage, on campus residency
Valerie Smith, Professional Actress (alumni), Director of Theatre Messiah College
Theatre Communications Group (TCG)
Christians in Theatre Arts (CITA)
Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
Study Abroad Programs and Opportunities
As a Taylor student, you will have many opportunities to make a global impact through mission trips or study abroad. A specific overseas program is the Australia Studies Program, which focuses on the arts and performance. You could spend a semester in beautiful Sydney, Australia, honing your craft with professional instructors who share a Christian worldview.