Theatre Academy

July 13-18, 2014

Designed for the high school student ready to be immersed into the world of theatre!  Emphasis is placed on the common vocabulary and concepts of the theatre as an art form, and an examination of how theatre is created.  Students will participate in different facets of theatre, which could include acting, voice & movement, stage make-up, maskmaking, playwriting, stage combat, or theatre design. An off-campus trip to the world famous Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA, is always a theatrical treat!

The theatre academy is open to students ages 14-18.

Daily Schedule

All Fine Arts programs follow the same basic schedule and join together for meals and morning and evening activities. Theatre students enjoy an off-campus trip to the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA. Schedules are subject to slight changes and will be indicated at the time of check-in.

7:30-8:00 AM
Breakfast for Residential Students
8:00-8:30 AM
Announcements & Devotions
8:30-9:00 AM Alexander Technique
9:00-10:30 AM
Introduction to Theatre
10:30-10:40 AM
10:45-12:10 PM
Workshop Instruction
12:10-1:00 PM
1:30-2:30 PM
Introduction to Theatre
2:30-3:00 PM
3:00-5:00 PM
Workshop Instruction
5:30-6:30 PM
Dinner for residential students
6:30-7:30 PM
Free Time
7:30-9:00 PM
Evening Activity for residential students


The Alexander Technique

Students will spend 30 minutes each morning learning the Alexander Technique, taught by Dr. Charlotte Anderson, a certified instructor. The Alexander Technique is an educational method of learning how to use less effort in activity. It enables improved mobility, posture, performance and alertness and relief of chronic stiffness, tension and stress. Athletes, singers, dancers and musicians use the Technique to improve breathing, vocal production, and speed and accuracy of movement. 


The academy is led and taught by Milligan faculty who are highly qualified and experienced in their fields. Milligan students serve as counselors and staff throughout the week.

Richard Major
Professor of Theatre
Richard Major has been the guiding force of the Milligan College Theatre program for the past 26 years.  Along with his duties of teaching, Mr. Major is the founder and artistic director for the Milligan College Theatre for Young Audience's company, which celebrates its 25th birthday this year. The annual Festival of One-Act Plays, which Major began in 1987, will also celebrate its 25th birthday this spring. Favorite past productions include Children of a Lesser God, Hamlet, Shadowlands, Oedipus the King, Man of La Mancha, Oklahoma!, Footloose, Pirates of Penzance, Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Gospel According to Jazz, The Curious Savage, and Treasure Island. Dick is also an accomplished actor and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the professional stage actors union.

Pamela Adolphi
Theatre Technical Director, Scenic and Lighting Designer
Pamela Adolphi earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees from East Tennessee State University. Along with designing sets and lights for Milligan's theatrical productions, she engages in the art of costume design, theatrical mask-making, and stage makeup. Adolphi also serves as the Director of Technical Services for the McGlothlin-Street Theatre and the Mary B. Martin Auditorium where she enjoys working with numerous student groups, ballet and performance companies, and various guest artists. Favorite past productions include, Director for Seascape, Three the Hard Way;Scenic, Lighting, and Costume Designer for A Midsummer Night's Dream, Godspell, The Odyssey; Scenic and Lighting Designer for Alice in Wonderland, The Secret Garden, And Then There Were None, Treasure Island, The Curious Savage, Little Women; Forever Plaid Lighting Designer for W;t, The Hallelujah Girls, and many more.

Theatre at Milligan

Milligan theatre productions have been featured at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and graduates are involved in national touring companies, regional theatre, and various fine arts fields throughout the U.S. The Milligan College Theatre for Young Audiences has been touring elementary schools for over 20 years. Another 20-year tradition is the annual student-directed Festival of One Act Plays and Short Films.

The fine arts program at Milligan develops students’ God-given personalities and talents by increasing their appreciation for and knowledge of human creativity. In addition to being taught fundamental skills, theories, principles, and technologies, students learn the history and current trends in the arts.

Milligan College

Milligan College is a premier Christian liberal arts college in beautiful Northeast Tennessee. Milligan has been named one of the Top 10 best baccalaureate colleges and one of the Best Buys in the South by U.S. News & World Report. The college offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs, all designed to help individuals prepare for lives of servant-leadership.

More Information

Questions? Contact or call 800.262.8337. Click here to download a registration form.