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Hollins University
P.O. Box 9602
Roanoke, VA 24020


The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review once again names Hollins one of America's best institutions for undergraduate education, and ranks our theatre department 18th in the category, "Best College Theater."


More honors:

Hollins Theatre is one of 67 theatre companies from nine countries cited by the International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) for producing the work of women playwrights. More »

Hollins' theatre department has been recognized with national honors in production, direction, performance, and playwriting by the 46th Annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Hollins Theatre's production of Decision Height by Meredith Dayna Levy '12, M.F.A. '15, earned four impressive awards, including Outstanding Production of a New Work; Distinguished Director of a New Work (presented to Ernie Zulia); Distinguished Achievement, Performance and Production Ensembles; and the Harold and Mimi Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award (presented to Meredith Levy). The awards recognize individuals from across the United States for outstanding work from the eight KCACTF regional festivals that were held January 7 through March 1 of this year. Hollins and Roanoke's Mill Mountain Theatre co-hosted the Region IV KCACTF in February. More »


Award-winning Hollins Theatre: Helping your star shine bright.

The intimacy of Hollins’ nationally recognized theatre program allows you to identify and apply your own strengths, helping you to write, design, build, direct, and star in the most important play on the planet: your life.

Find out how doing what you love can prepare you to love what you do. And why loving what you do can help you win in life.


Scope of the theatre program

Theatre students at Hollins work hard, play hard, and win big. They participate fully in every aspect of theatre production, including acting, musical theatre, design, directing, stage management, and technical production. At the same time, classroom work provides a solid foundation in history, theory, aesthetics, and technique. The course of study culminates in the capstone senior project designed by the student to flex every muscle she has developed


The practical side of a theatre major or minor

At Hollins you can major, minor, or just play in theatre, while earning your B.A. You can also earn an Arts Management Certificate. Our program provides a solid foundation for those wishing to pursue graduate-level work in theatre, professional theatre apprenticeships, or any environment where creative problem solving, collaboration, and research/analysis skills are valued. The major and minor are compatible with many majors, including business, communication studies, dance, English, film, history, philosophy, and other majors. It’s a place where your mind-expanding liberal arts studies will provide the materials for you to build the stage that will become the platform for your life.

When you study theatre at Hollins, you learn to be:

  • Creative
  • Practical
  • Analytical
  • Technical
  • Brave!

You also learn:

  • Improvisation
  • Project Management
  • Working with a limited budget
  • Dealing with very different human beings
  • Understanding the human condition
  • How to embrace hard work
  • How to overcome "technical difficulties"
  • Making different choices
  • Presentation skills
  • Doing the best you can do with what you’ve got


Dream big, go small

Our small (but mighty) theatre program, proudly positioned in the middle of a dynamic liberal arts curriculum, can nurture big dreams and help prepare you for any theatre path you choose. But first you have to discover your talents and learn how to use them, so you can shape your dreams into a life. Many theatre programs, especially B.F.A.s, prepare you for the tough professional track, but that doesn’t always prepare you for the tough road ahead, in theatre or any other career path you choose.


Creative scholarships

Take advantage of creative scholarships for actors, technicians, and designers. Arrange an audition or portfolio review by contacting our Office of Admission.