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GSW's Dramatic Arts program is currently being phased out and is no longer accepting new majors.

Mission Statement

FrankensteinThe Theater, Communication & Media Arts program provides students an interdisciplinary approach to the study of performance as both an art and a fundamental form of human communication. With related course offerings in the fields of theatre, digital cinema, television and new media, the distinctive characteristic of the program is integral focus on performance in everyday life, on stage, on camera and via new media.

The premise of the program is that the study of communication and theatre as liberal arts serves as a viable foundation for entry into a wide range of professions and occupations.  The focus of the studio training is to provide students with the essential skills and experience to secure admission and assistantships in the best graduate programs in the country. 


 Vision and Leadership

          Georgia Theatre Conference
          2002, 2012, 2019

Outstanding Achievement in Organization
          Americus Main Street Downtown Development Authority

Exemplary Support of Educational Theater Excellence
          Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the American College Theater Festival
          2007, 2018


The program's vision to provide students with the content knowledge, skills, and experience in both live and mediated dramatic forms, though theatrical presentations, video productions, and new media is cutting-edge thinking, academically sound and very attractive.

Professor Mark Heckler
Dean, College of Arts and Media, University of Colorado at Denver, Past President of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education, Program Review Team Report, Dramatic Arts Academic Program Review.

Of all of the productions of
Wit that I have seen, my favorite was the production at Georgia Southwestern State University.

Margaret Edson
Pulitzer prize winning author of the play Wit Keynote address Q&A, Georgia Theatre Conference State Convention.

I am a board member of the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta...The production I witnessed Tuesday night wildly exceeded my expectations. It was truly first-rate - a well-executed and deeply moving production that would reflect well on a professional theatre company.

Jack Shultz
Tandem Consulting; Unsolicited letter to Dr. Michael Hanes, President, Georgia Southwestern State University.

You and your students did a great job with Tabloid Dreams. And even more importantly I richly enjoyed your company and ideas. I'm very excited about our cross-discipline discussions.

Robert Olen Butler
Pulitzer prize winning author Written response to GSW Dramatic Arts stage adaptation and performance from his short story collection Tabloid Dreams.

What a fine production of Earl In The Yellow Shirt… My friend, Susan Rose, NY Film producer and formerly on the Tony nominating committee asked to see it.

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