The Department of Theatre and Film is designed to offer students a strong foundation in all aspects of the art of theatre and of film. Emphasis is placed on the rich cultural history of the art forms as well as practical applications in performance techniques for those on the Performance Track and design techniques for those on the Design/Tech Track. All students gain a strong background in theatre history and dramatic literature. Performance track students will study many performance techniques including classic acting styles as well as modern stage and film techniques. Design/Tech students will use state of the art equipment to explore stage lighting, scenic and sound design as well as costuming and stage projections. Students from both tracks are eligible to have a secondary focus on playwriting or filmmaking. Filmmaking students will learn all aspects of filmmaking including writing a screenplay, using cameras, light and sound equipment as well as editing. All filmmaking students will have several opportunities to create short films. Instructors include area professionals as well as visiting artists. Advanced students have the opportunity for internships with the Virginia Stage Company.