At Montevallo, we provide first-rate theatre training within the
context of a well-rounded liberal arts education. If you study theatre
here, you will be part of a highly personal department of over 90 majors.
You will get to know your teachers well and work closely with them both in
and out of the classroom. While we are active in professional organizations
within our respective fields, teaching is our first priority. Experienced
faculty members teach all courses instead of graduate students, and
enrollment in acting classes typically ranges from 8-20 pupils. We work
hard to prepare students to directly enter the profession, and the expertise
of our full and part-time faculty allows us to offer a range of classes that
can match the curriculum of much larger departments and universities.
We also encourage students to seek professional work in the summer, and
assist them with portfolio and audition preparation on an ongoing basis.
•Recently, students have worked professionally over the summer at theatres
around the country including The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey,
Shenandoah Music Theatre in Virginia, Unto These Hills in North Carolina,
Discoveryland in Oklahoma, Papermill Theatre in New Hampshire, Big Fork in
Montana, Blue Jacket in Ohio, The Barn Theatre in Michigan, Theatre West
Virginia, Weathervane Playhouse in New Hampshire and The Lost Colony in
Virginia. Other students spend their time exploring cities such as Boston,
NYC, Los Angeles and Chicago during spring and summer breaks in anticipation
of their future careers.
students are also active as performers and backstage in the Birmingham area.
UM students have performed roles at most area companies and even directed at
theatres including Red Mountain Theatre Company, Muse of Fire at Sloss
Furnace, Magic City Actors Theatre, South City Theatre, Park Players,
Birmingham Festival Theatre, Terrific New Theatre and Birmingham Children's
In fall 2009, UM Theatre presented the musical
PARADE in Birmingham for a two weekend run at the Virginia Samford Theatre.
The production was cast with a mix of UM students, adult professional actors
in Birmingham and alumni including a a guest artist from Los Angeles, Chris
Sams, in the role of Leo Frank.
•UM students are also active in independent film projects based in
Alabama and pursue opportunities in local commercials and industrials.
Students and alumni in our program have won awards in the Birmingham
Sidewalk Film Festivalšs "Sidewalk Scramble" competition and Alabama short
•The UM theatre faculty encourages students to pursue independent
performance projects, which can also be linked to independent study credit.
Projects have included original dance/theatre/multi-media pieces; musical
cabarets; and plays such as Ionesco's THE LESSON which will be directed by a
UM Theatre major in fall 2010 in Reynolds Theatre.
Theatre major EJ
Wilson wins USITT Stage Management Award in National Competition