Physical Theatre - Coastal Carolina University
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Physical Theatre

Physical theater has recently enjoyed a renaissance. Dozens of theaters now specialize in physical theater performance, which has created a need for training programs. Internationally there are a number of undergraduate training programs for the physical theater artist, but Coastal Carolina University offers one of the only BFA concentrations in Physical Theatre in the United States.

BFA Theatre Arts, Physical Theatre concentration



Experiential Opportunities

Study Abroad
(photo taken in Arezzo, Italy)

Student performing in a turning wheel during student-developed production of Putt Putt.

Student-Devised Productions

Guest Artists and Workshops




Shot of Wheelwright Auditorium with Strong Lights

Wheelwright Auditorium

Theatre Scene Construction Shop

TAPS Theatre Workshop

Edwards Theatre




(8 Courses)

THEA 100 - Common Hour
THEA 130 - Principles of Dramatic Analysis
THEA 150 - Acting I
THEA 154 - Introduction to Costuming
THEA 155 - Stagecraft
THEA 361 - Theatre History and Literature I
THEA 362 - Theatre History and Literature II
THEA 425 - World Dramatic Literature

Major Requirements
(11 Courses)

THEA 160 - Acting | Studio
THEA 242 - Vocal Production for the Actor
THEA 245 - Introduction to Physical Theatre
THEA 250 - Acting II
THEA 260 - Acting II Studio
THEA 372 - Movement for the Actor
THEA 445 - Physical Theatre Studio
THEA 462 - Dramatic Theory and Criticism 
THEA 472 - Movement for the Actor II 
THEA 495A - Theatre Internship
THEA 495B - Theatre Internship

(4 Courses)

ENGL - 311 Topics in Shakespeare 
THEA 114 - Fudamentals of Dance
THEA 174 - Ballet I 
THEA 175 - Jazz I
THEA 176 - Tap I 
THEA 230 - Complete Stage Makeup
THEA 274 - Ballet II
THEA 276 - Jazz II
THEA 277 - Tap Dance II 
THEA 288 - Directing I: The Directors Vision 
THEA 321 Q* - Applied Theatre 
THEA 323 Q* - Topics in Applied Theatre 
THEA 329 - Stage Managment 
THEA 331 - Introduction to Playwriting
THEA 333 - Introduction to Dramaturgy
THEA 342 Q - Voice and Speech
THEA 350 - Acting III
THEA 364 - Acting III Studio
THEA 368 - Acting for the Camera 
THEA 442 - Actors Voice Lab 
THEA 450 - Acting IV
THEA 460 - Acting IV Studio

Major Requirements  »
Sample 4-Year Plan »



Program Faculty Spotlight

Priscilla Meyers

Benjamin Sota

Associate Professor

Movement, Clown, Pantomime, Circus Skills

Jonathan Doe

Monica Bell

Associate Professor

Stage Acting, Voice Acting


Dory Sibley

Assistant Professor

Movement for Musicians, Mask Work, Voice in the Mask, Commedia dell'Arte, Clown

Amanda Green
All Theatre Faculty  »



Student and Alumni Work

  • Fulbright Grant Recipient Physical Theatre

    Peter Seifarth (2017)

    Seifarth was the first CCU student to win a Fulbright grant in 2018. He created a nonverbal show that uses physical theatre to tackle complex ideas and relevant social issues for the Nepali community.

    Find Out More
  • Milla Blackwater Physical Theatre student in Costa Rica

    Milla Blackwater

    Milla Blackwater clowns in Costa Rica for a cause with faculty Ben Sota. Sota and Blackwelder traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica, in late August to attend 10th Annual Clowning and Caring in Costa Rica.

    Find Out More

Other BFA Concentrations



Application Requirements

» Digital Audition (Deadline: January 15, 2023)

» Application

» $45 Application Fee

» Official Transcripts (Highschool, Secondary School, or Previous College)

» SAT/ACT Test Scores (optional)

For International Students

» Proof of English Proficiency (ESL Students)

» Passport


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Program Contact

Steven Higginbotham 760 (Added 10/18/2022) MCD

Steven Higginbotham
Chair, Theatre

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