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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

Accademia del’Arte Semester, 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




(6 Courses)

THEA 130 - Principles of Dramatic Analysis
THEA 150 - Acting I
THEA 288 - Directing I: The Director’s Vision
THEA 361 - Theatre History and Literature I
THEA 362 - Theatre History and Literature II
THEA 425 - World Dramatic Literature

Major Requirements
(9 Courses)

THEA 154 - Introduction to Costuming
THEA 155 - Stagecraft
THEA 462 - Dramatic Theory and Criticism


2 Performance Courses

2 Design & Technology Courses

1 History & Literature Course

1 Community Engagement Course

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.

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  • 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

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Application Requirements

» Digital Audition (Deadline: January 15, 2022)

» Invited In-Person Audition (Spring 2022)

» 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

Eric Hall (added 9/20/19) MCD 760

Eric Hall
Chair, Theatre

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