Cumberland University


2010 Spring Musical production of "Godspell"

Our Mission

"Living theatre happens at Cumberland: the place where learning and performance take to the stage together!"

The Cumberland University Theatre Department provides a performance-based program designed to prepare students who are intending to:

  • Pursue a future in acting or directing for the stage.
  • Continue their studies in Dramaturgy at the graduate level.
  • Enter a career where exceptional presentation and communication skills will give them an edge over their competition.

As a department, it is our mission to aid in developing the talents and techniques of our students, serve as a vital part of the university’s academic and social environment, and present to our community enjoyable theatre for audiences of all types.

2010 Fall Production of "The Foreigner"

Our Program

“Never underestimate the ability of, or the need for, someone who can comfortably stand before a crowd and say what needs to be said.”

Our theater department offers our students courses in all areas of acting and directing focused on learning and applying the fundamental techniques of Constantin Stanislaviski, whose theories form the basis for nearly all contemporary acting and directing methods. We also offer a Black Box learning experience for our students where student written and directed plays are performed. 

Our program assures that students will graduate with academic competence and competitive skills, offering extraordinary opportunities for practical experience right from the beginning of their freshman year. 

We produce several main-stage performances a year: 2 major dramatic performances (one per semester), and student directed productions. Every other year we try to include a musical theater production.


2010 Student Production of "Sylvia"


As we encourage all Cumberland students to audition for and/or participate in our productions, we encourage our program majors and minors to audition for Cumberland University Phoenix Awards.

Theatre Phoenix Awards are available to students who declare and maintain a major or minor in theatre. They are awarded via audition and are based on the Student’s talent, preparation, and willingness to be involved in all aspects of Theatrical production at Cumberland University. Amounts awarded to theatre majors/minors will vary at the discretion of the Department Director and the Dean of the School of Music & the Arts.

Audition pieces may be taken from any source and be 3-5 minutes in length. Acting resumes are encouraged but not required. We prefer to meet the student and see the audition in person, but video auditions are acceptable. They may be sent along with a letter of introduction and intent to:

Cumberland University Theatre Department
One Cumberland Square
Lebanon, TN 37087

To make an audition appointment, contact 615-547-1364.

For complete curriculum and course descriptions, please review our catalog.


Degree Programs:

A.A. in the Arts
Bachelor of Arts
Theatre (BA)
MA Theater


  • (multiple levels in each)
  • Speech
  • Voice and Articulation
  • Theater History
  • Directing
  • Technical Theater
  • Period Styles of Acting
  • Special Topics in Theater: Shakespeare, Oedipus, and Ibsen
  • Essentials of Stage Production
  • Makeup
  • Costuming
  • Upcoming Performances:


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For Auditions:

Chris Byrd,