Immerse yourself in your craft and explore the art of storytelling with UNC Asheville’s drama major, including public productions and internship opportunities.

Why Earn a Degree in Drama at UNC Asheville?

Student and Alumni Spotlight

Outside the Classroom

At UNC Asheville, experience an education enriched by hands-on learning opportunities that help you understand your responsibilities to your community, your art, and your own personal growth. The drama and theater program connects you with your peers and with the broader Asheville area through internships, participation in student organizations, and engagement with our many partner organizations.

Emily Crock as Corday, with another Drama student working on the costume


As a drama major, gain practical experience through internships. These opportunities allow you to refine your skills in real-world settings, preparing you for a successful career in theatre. We offer student positions in the scene shop, house electrics, and the costume shop, as well as internships with local theatre companies. 

Drama students performing a stage production at belk theater

Student Orgs

Join one of our student theatre organizations to put your skills into action. Whether you’re interested in acting, directing, or technical production, these groups offer a platform for creative expression. Engage with like-minded peers and bring compelling stories to life on stage. Drama majors can grow their technical theatre skills by joining the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), while Alpha Psi Omega, the national theatre honor society, produces student shows and events.

Performers at aquila theater company

Theatre Partnerships

The Drama Department maintains a high level of engagement in various theatre organizations in Asheville, such as the Southern Appalachian Repertory Company, Flat Rock Playhouse, North Carolina Stage Company, Diana Wortham Theatre, and Asheville Community Theatre. 

These theatre companies have collaborated with the Department to create several productions, and our faculty has been instrumental in providing their expertise in design, directing, and acting. 

Additionally, you have the opportunity to serve as an intern and artist with these partners and work with aspiring young individuals interested in learning the intricacies of theatre and what it takes to be a part of a theatrical production.

Meet the Faculty

Our dedicated faculty are accomplished theatre professionals who guide you on your journey, offering mentorship and personalized instruction. With small class sizes, you have the opportunity to build strong relationships with your professors and fellow students, creating a supportive and collaborative learning environment.

Drama Careers & Outcomes

A drama bachelor’s degree from UNC Asheville opens doors to a wide array of career opportunities, offering skills that extend far beyond the stage. Graduates of the program have found success in diverse fields, including acting, directing, arts administration, teaching, and more.

These career paths receive support through the strong foundation in acting techniques, storytelling, and organizational skills students acquire during their studies. Graduates are creative, adaptable, and collaborative—qualities highly valued by employers across various industries.

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Make the Stage Your Lab in UNC Asheville’s Drama Major

Let your passion for the dramatic arts shine with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from UNC Asheville. Our program offers a comprehensive approach to theatre education, combining theory and practice to prepare you for a rewarding career both on the stage and behind the curtain.

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