Student Resources

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Welcome to the Department of Theatre’s Student Resources page! Here, you’ll find essential information and support to enhance your educational journey, including athletic training services, student learning outcomes, and more. Explore the resources available to help you succeed and thrive in your theatre studies and productions!


Athletic training for arts students

The College of Arts + Architecture is thrilled to have Nicole Whitaker as a resource for our students. Whitaker works in the Department of Applied Physiology, Health, and Clinical Sciences. Athletic Training services are only available to participants in the Sport Club Program as well as Performing Arts students. Services provided include injury evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation, preventative care, education, and more!


Belk Gym 020 & 025J

When you enter Belk Gym, go down one floor to access our two training rooms. Nicole Whitaker will treat you in one of these rooms during walk-in hours.

Our Athletic Trainer is taking walk-ins and appointments. Visit the University Recreations website for more information including a detailed weekly schedule with drop-in times and locations.

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Support resources

Who should you talk to if you need support? If you need classroom support, have questions about a classroom topic or approach, or have witnessed something in class you’d like to speak about, the instructor is a highly recommended first point of contact. If you cannot approach the instructor, you may consider communicating with the unit head (chair or director) as a facilitator. See more resources, below.


Understanding the Student Learning Outcomes is crucial for theatre students as it provides a roadmap for developing essential skills in research, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and cultural competency. By actively pursuing these outcomes, students not only enhance their academic and artistic proficiency but also prepare themselves for diverse professional opportunities within and beyond the realm of theatre. SLO below adopted March 3, 2022.

SLO 1: Research and Critical Thinking

Theatre students will demonstrate research and critical thinking skills through active engagement with and analysis of theatre texts and practices. Students will recognize historical and related cultural circumstances reflected in various global periods and genres of theatre. Students will critically examine the various ways in which individuals differ, including, but not limited to, backgrounds, beliefs, viewpoints, abilities, cultures, and traditions that distinguish one individual from another, through the study and practice of theatre.

SLO 2: Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills

Theatre students will demonstrate analytical and problem-solving skills through engaging in traditional classroom and production work. Students will analyze possible interpretations of theatre texts and performance through critical socio-political contexts and a range of styles and histories. Students will apply problem-solving skills in real-time production environments. Students will analyze possible solutions for production-related tasks. Students will develop an understanding of transferable learned skills beyond theatre study and practice.

SLO 3: Communication

Theatre students will demonstrate the ability to employ clear and expressive communication. Students utilize a variety of strategies in order to create messages appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context when communicating, including verbal, nonverbal, vocal, visual, and technological methods or processes. While participating in written communication, Theatre students will demonstrate the ability to communicate evidence, ideas, and opinions through clear and cogent writing.

SLO 4: Practice and Collaboration

Theatre students will explore the connections between the mind and body in theatre practice, understanding risk-taking as an essential element of the performing arts. Students will demonstrate skills in practice and collaboration through studio, production, and service learning experiences. Students will develop abilities in self-reflection, multicultural sensitivity, and the comparison of social values and ethical systems through creative collaboration with a range of communities and cultures. Students will explore interdisciplinary artistic collaboration and develop a methodology for applying learned skills in a production environment.

SLO 5: Cultural Competencies

Theatre students will deepen their understanding of community building, engagement, cultural competency, and sensitivity. Students will develop an awareness of one’s positionality in community building and cultural competency work in theatre practice and beyond. Students will examine different cultural perspectives and develop the ability to increase and deepen awareness.

SLO 6: Pedagogy, Facilitation and Assessment

Theatre students will design, implement, assess, and interrogate arts learning in culturally sustaining ways while participating in and facilitating applied theatre experiences in studios, community spaces, in civic practice, and/or K-12 schools.