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Theatre

ASU-Beebe celebrates one of the longest running Shakespeare Festivals

The Theatre Department administers the Associate of Fine Arts in Theatre degree program, which offers a variety of theatre and communication coursework.

These courses and practical experiences with the craft of theatre will enrich your academic, professional, and cultural life.  Emphasis is given to the development of an abstract, critical and societal appreciation for the human experience.  You may take advantage of these opportunities through enrollment in departmental courses or through participation in the co-curricular theatre productions.

Students pursuing the Associate of Fine Arts in Theatre receive in-depth coursework in performance or technical and design aspects. We offer courses that prepare you for a career in theatre or for transfer to a university theatre program.

Founded on the ASUB campus in 1966, the Arkansas Shakespeare Festival is one of the oldest continuous education Shakespeare festivals in America. Over the years it has presented over 300 performances of William Shakespeare's plays.

The primary objective of the Arkansas Shakespeare Festival is to enhance education in Arkansas through theater performances to Arkansas students. In order to do this ASUB presents two matinees especially designed for public school students. In addition to two evening performances, we also offer Sunday matinee all of which are open to the general public.  

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ASUB’s Star Children’s Theatre is a four-week summer enrichment program for local students from 9-16 years of age. They participate in all aspects of theatrical production including costume and set design, character development, stage terminology and the basics of stage combat. At the end of the program, students stage a play.  
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The national honorary dramatics fraternity for two-year institutions is composed of students who have made outstanding contributions to the dramatic activities of ASU-Beebe.  The purpose of the fraternity is to stimulate interest in dramatic activities on the campus and to reward outstanding achievements in the field.
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Related Careers

A degree in theatre provides a broad range of career opportunities.  Here are a few career opportunities one could pursue with a degree in theatre.

  • Actor (Stage, Film, Television)
  • Agent
  • Casting Director
  • Costume Designer
  • Consultant
  • Director (Stage, Film, Television)
  • Lighting Designer
  • Make-Up Artist
  • Producer (Stage, Film, Television)
  • Set Designer
  • Singer
  • Sound Designer
  • Stage Manager
  • Talent Agent
  • Teacher/Professor of Performing Arts
  • Technical Director
  • Writer/Playwright

For more information on careers please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Degrees

Associate of Arts in  Liberal Arts (AALA)

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The Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts (AALA) is designed for students who wish to complete the first two years of a baccalaureate program before transferring to a four-year institution. Students who know where they will transfer and what their major will be should be able to plan their degree, with the help of an ASU-Beebe advisor, to maximize transfer.  Even students who are uncertain of their transfer institution and/or major, the AALA guarantees that the general education core is satisfied at Arkansas 4-year institutions.

Courses may be used to both satisfy the elective requirements of the AALA and provide a foundation to prepare the student for a bachelor’s degree program.  ASU-Beebe is not authorized to award an Associate of Arts-Liberal Arts degree with a specific area of emphasis.  Only the listing of Associate of Arts will appear on the transcript and diploma.

All electives must be chosen by the state-mandated directed electives list.  Students preferring a broader range of elective opportunities should choose the Associate of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences.

UNIV 1003 Principles of Academic Success
ENG 1003 Freshman English I

MATH

1023

College Algebra OR MATH 1043 Quantitative Literacy

HIST/POSC

XXX3

HIST 2763 U.S. to 1876 OR HIST 2773 U.S. since 1876 OR POSC 2103 Intro to U.S.Gov

CIS 1503 Microcomputer Applications I
PE 0001 Concepts of Fitness or other Physical Education Class ( 1 credit hour required)
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ENG 1013  Freshman English II

HIST

1013

World Civilization to 1660 OR HIST 1023 World Civilization since 1660

XXXX  XXX3 Social Science Elective (HIST, POSC, ECON, PSY, GEOG)
XXXX XXX3 Elective (3 Credit hour elective)
BIOL XXX4 Life Science Course from Life Science List
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ENG 2003 World Literature I
SPCH 1203 Oral Communications
XXXX  XXX3 Elective (3 Credit Hour Elective)
XXXX XXX3 Elective (3 Credit Hour Elective)
PHSC XXX4 Physical Science Course from Physical Science List
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ART/HUM XXX3  FA Visual 2503; Musical 2503; Theater 2503; Film 2513; Humanities I 2003; or Humanities II 2013
ENG 2013 World Literature II
XXXX  XXX3 Social Science Elective (3 Credit Hour Elective)
XXXX XXX3 Elective (3 Credit Hour Elective)
XXXX XXX3 Elective (3 Credit Hour Elective)
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Associate of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences (ASLAS)

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The Associate of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences (ASLAS) degree is designed for students who wish to complete the first two years of a four-year program with specific transfer requirements before transferring to a four-year university. Students who know where they will transfer and what their major will be should be able to plan their degree, with the help of an ASU-Beebe advisor, to maximize transfer.

Under Arkansas Act 747 of 2011, all associate of arts and associate of science degrees will transfer to all state-supported universities.  Furthermore, these degrees will satisfy the general education core requirements as determined by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education Coordinating Board.  In some core areas, such as Mathematics, higher-level courses may be required as a pre-requisite at the four-year institution.  For students pursuing an Associate of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences, it is important to know as soon as possible to which university they intend to transfer.  In this way, the ASU-Beebe advisor can assist the student into courses that maximize transfer hours.

The ASLAS offers greater flexibility for students, who choose, in consult with their academic advisor, 25 elective hours to complete the degree. 

ASU-Beebe is not authorized to award an ASLAS degree with a specific area of emphasis.  Courses may be used to satisfy the elective requirements of the ASLAS degree and provide a foundation to prepare the student for a Bachelor’s degree program. The diploma will read Associate of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences.

UNIV 1003 Principles of Academic Success
ENG 1003 Freshman English I

MATH

XXX3

MATH 1023 College Algebra OR
MATH 1043 Quantitative Literacy

HIST
POSC

XXX3

HIST 2763 U.S. to 1876 OR 
HIST 2773 U.S. since 1876 OR 
POSC 2103 Intro to U.S.Gov

XXXX XXX3 Elective (3 Credit hour elective)
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ENG 1013  Freshman English II

HIST

XXX3

HIST 1013 World Civilization to 1660 OR 
HIST 1023 World Civilization since 1660

XXXX  XXX3 Elective (3 Credit hour elective)
XXXX XXX3 Elective (3 Credit hour elective)
BIOL
BOT
ZOOL
XXX4 BIOL 1004 Biology for General Education OR 
BIOL 1014 Principles of Biology OR
BIOL 2024 Ecology OR
BIOL 2104 Microbiology OR 
BOT 1104 General Botany OR 
ZOOL 1014 Basic Human Anatomy & Physiology OR 
ZOOL 1304 General Zoology I OR 
ZOOL 1314 General Zoology II OR
ZOOL 2004 Human Anatomy & Physiology I OR
ZOOL 2014 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
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ENG XXX3 ENG 2003 World Literature I OR 
ENG 2013 World Literature II
SPCH 1203 Oral Communications
HIST
POSC
GEOG
SOC
PSY 
XXX3 HIST 2763 The U.S. to 1876 OR
HIST 2773 The U.S. since 1876 OR
POSC 2103 Introduction to U.S. Government OR
GEOG 2613 Introduction to Geography OR
GEOG 2603 World Regional Geography OR
SOC 2213 Principles of Sociology OR
PSY 2013 Introduction to Psychology
XXXX XXX3 Elective (3 Credit Hour Elective)
CHEM
ESCI
PHSC
PHYS
XXX4 CHEM 1014 General Chemistry I OR 
CHEM 1024 General Chemistry II OR 
CHEM 1034 Intro to Organic and Biochemistry OR 
CHEM 2104 Organic Chemistry I OR
CHEM 2114 Organic Chemistry II OR
ESCI 1004 Intro to Environmental Science OR
PHSC 1204 Physical Science  OR 
PHSC 1304 Earth Science OR
PHYS 1014 Applied Physics for Health Science OR
PHYS 2054 General Physics I OR
PHYS 2064 General Physics II OR
PHYS 2074 University Physics I OR
PHYS 2084 University Physics II
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ART
MUS
THEA
HUM
XXX3 ART 2503 FA Visual OR 
MUS 2503 FA Musical OR 
THEA 2503 FA Theater OR 
THEA 2513 FA Film OR 
HUM 2003 Intro to Humanities I OR 
HUM 2013 Intro to Humanities II 
XXXX XXX3 Elective (3 Credit Hour Elective)
XXXX  XXX3 Elective (3 Credit Hour Elective)
XXXX XXX3 Elective (3 Credit Hour Elective)
XXXX XXX3 Elective (3 Credit Hour Elective)
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Transfer Options

The following universities offer transfer paths for this area of study in partnership with ASU-Beebe.

Costs

For general college expenses, students can view ASUB's tuition and fees schedule. 

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Sandy Williams, MA
Instructor of Speech & Theatre

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Leslie Thurman, MA
Instructor of Speech & Theatre

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