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Associate in Fine Arts in Theatre

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If you’re a creative type, chances are you’re motivated by more than just a paycheck. But that doesn’t mean the “starving actor” stereotype is true. The Associate in Fine Arts in Theatre program at College of The Albemarle (COA) is the perfect way to explore your creative passions while preparing to transfer for your Bachelor of Fine Arts and pursue a host of careers in the theatre. From your sketchbook to the stage, let’s work to transform your creative passion into purpose.

  • Degree: Associate of Fine Arts in Theatre
  • Program length: four semesters (two years)
  • Location: Elizabeth City Campus
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1
  • Careers: actor, stage manager, theatre manager, lighting or set designer and drama teacher

Hands-on Curriculum

Enjoy hands-on practice on the stage and behind the curtain. Theatre students will develop their acting skill, learn about theater production and stagecraft, and even hone their dance and voice skills. As part of our COAST (COA Student Theatre) Players students have the opportunity to perform in and help produce major plays and musicals each year in our 1,000-seat auditorium. They often get the opportunity to star in local theatre productions as well as ETPC (Emmerich Theatre Production Company) Productions, staged in COA’s Performing Arts Center.

Expert Faculty

Theatre Program Director and Lead Instructor, Jeffrey Emmerich earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University. Jeffrey has directed nearly 200 plays and musicals over the past 40 years. He and his wife Gloria also operate the Rocky Hock Playhouse, a professional stock company theatre with professional actors, in Edenton. Jeffrey has more than 14 years teaching experience, is a two-time recipient of the COA President’s Pursuit of Excellence Award, winner of the COA College Service Award and was a nominee for COA’s 2016 – 2017 Teacher of the Year.

Student Success

Our students have transferred on to study art and drama at UNC Charlotte, Appalachian State, Virginia Commonwealth and University of North Carolina Asheville, to name a few.

Job Prospects

Transferring to earn your Bachelor of Fine Arts will open opportunities for you to become a professional actor, stage manager, theatre manager, lighting or set designer or drama teacher.

Outstanding Value

Complete courses required of first- and second-year drama majors at many four-year institutions, at a fraction of the cost. Receive individual attention in small classes and have more time to refine and expand your dramatic skills.