Your Future in Theatre

Any student at Charleston Southern University has the opportunity to minor in theatre. This exciting program stretches creative muscles and improves performance skills and is a wonderful complement to any major. Opportunities for participation abound!

The aim of the theatre program is to shine a light into the dark places through the pursuit of excellence in the art of performance. You will gain a strong background in theatre and onstage experience that will prepare you for graduate training and real-world challenges in the industry.

As a student of theatre at CSU, you will have the opportunity to perform in a minimum of two main stage productions a year. We offer personal attention in the classroom and practical experience through the production process. Students receive far more student-directing opportunities than might exist at larger universities.

CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Thomas Keating

Thomas Keating

Professor of Theatre

Theatre: share your talent

Our productions serve CSU students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community through entertainment and talk-backs that follow our shows. Our plays offer opportunities to act, design, assistant direct, build or paint. You may find yourself backstage or onstage running a spotlight or in the spotlight.

As a Theatre minor, you’ll take courses like…

  • Acting
  • Introduction to Theatre
  • Advanced Acting
  • Directing
  • Movement for the Actor
  • Acting for the Camera
  • Theatre History
  • Stagecraft and Design

Past productions

  • Shakespeare in Suburbia
  • Seussical: The Musical
  • Diving into the Wreck
  • The Actor’s Nightmare
  • She Loves Me
  • Enchanted April
  • King Lear
  • You’ve Got to be Carefully Taught
  • The Grace Project
  • Into the Woods
  • West Side Story
  • Another Antigone
  • Peter Pan
  • 12 Angry Jurors
  • Anne Frank
  • Bernstein
  • The Guys
  • Hamlet
  • Love, Fight

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College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers a wide variety of undergraduate academic majors to choose from including history, political science, English, music, communication studies, graphic design, criminal justice, psychology, sociology and Spanish. 

explore our facilities

Lightsey Chapel & Blackbox Theatre

The chapel seats 1,500 and is a multipurpose facility equipped with a modern stage and support equipment. The Margaret Kelly Hamrick Prayer Room is located at the front of the building. Named for W. Norris and Nell Peeples Lightsey.

The music building, located behind Lightsey Chapel, houses faculty offices for the Horton School of Music, music practice facilities and the theatre program’s Black Box Theatre. Named for Nell Peeples Lightsey.

explore our facilities

Black Box Theater

The Black Box theater is located in the music wing of Lightsey Chapel and offers students a chance to perform and direct in an intimate setting.


I was lucky enough to train with Professor Keating. He was one of the best things that happened to me while at CSU. Thank you, Mr. Keating for pushing me artistically and encouraging me to pursue a career as an actor.

Chantal Maurice ’11 / communication studies / Freelance Actor, Blue Bloods, Quantico

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