Theatre Arts2019-05-06T14:38:06+00:00

Feel the Drama!
Live the Drama!

Ferrum College Theatre Arts has a strong reputation for excellence in the Performing Arts! We offer the pre-professional Bachelor of Fine Arts (audition only) degrees in Acting, Musical Theatre, and Technical Theatre.


The program, emphasizing process drama, gives students opportunities to develop competency as actors, directors, musical theatre performers, technicians, and teachers. Students are led by faculty members that combine years of teaching and professional experience. Majors can expect to receive personal, one-on-one attention necessary for you to develop into well-rounded practitioners of theatre.

We also offer the B.A. degrees in Theatre Arts. 

Experiential learning is the vibrant hallmark of the program. As many understand, there is no substitute for the theatre production experience. During your four years at Ferrum, Students are immersed in exciting coursework that is reinforced through a variety of production opportunities. Some opportunities may include major productions led by faculty, student productions, dance or choir concerts.

Our department, located in Schoolfield Hall, one of many historic buildings on our beautiful campus. Originally the Chapel (1916) but converted into the performance heart of the college in the mid-1960’s undergoing renovations in 1980 and again in 2018. Schoolfield Hall includes the state-of-the-art 278-seat Sale Theatre, 100-seat (Flexible) Black Box Theatre, The Bowman Theatre Student Lounge, scene shop, costume shop, and rehearsal space.

Through internships, summer theatre, dance work and other opportunities, students will leave Ferrum with professional credits.

Come join our exciting theatre family!

Our 2018-2019 Production Season

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For more Information please contact

Program Coordinator of Theatre Arts, Giuseppe Ritorto


Past Productions

Our successful graduates are enjoying satisfying careers and have excelled at advanced study in higher education. Our graduates have achieved success in a variety of areas within the field of theatre, film, television, and teaching. We boast a graduate who won an EMMY for makeup. Many of our graduates live and work in Hollywood while others prefer to use their talents to take up teaching careers at colleges and universities as well as in the public schools. Some graduates have pursued careers in arts management and others have followed the variety of career paths available to the liberal arts graduate. We have graduates who have used communication and self-expression to become everything from models to ministers, others are published writers, while still others have entered the political arena.

Mike McColl

Voice of the NFL, & featured on Homeland and Greys Anatomy. Check out his website!

Bobbi Guire

Bobbi Guire

Hometown: Gloucester, Virginia
Major: B.F.A., Acting and Directing
Graduation Date: 2017
I’ve become resident stage manager and I love it, no matter how many times I say “I quit” I know I never will. I’m sad to graduate this May but know everything will work out. I’m terrible at bios so this is what comes from having to do one.

Dean Gates

EMMY Award for makeup Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Check out his IMDb!

Morgan Julian

 Morgan Julian

Hometown: Catonsville, MD
Major: Theater Arts – Acting Directing
Expected Graduation Year: 2017
Morgan Julian is a 2nd semester senior here at Ferrum College and could last be seen performing on Ferrum’s stage as an exaggerated version of himself in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). He has also been in several other productions at Ferrum such as Into the Woods, Legally Blonde, The Crazy Quilt, and Vanya, Sonia, Masha, & Spike. He also writes plays and performs stand up comedy.

Brian Robertson

Professional Director  and Educator- He has worked for Cincinnati Opera, Sarasota Opera, Bay View Music Festival, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, Opera North, and Des Moines Metro Opera.

Jon Cohn

Jon is the Founding Artistic Director of Mutineer Theatre Company, a nonprofit organization dedicated to original work. He’s also an award-winning stage actor and serves on the Board of Directors of the Proteus Syndrome Foundation.

John Isner

John Isner  is originally from Richmond, Va., but found his artistic home with the AACCT and the staff many seasons ago. After graduating from Ferrum College and Bretton Hall Academy of Performance Arts in Yorkshire, England, John worked for various theatre companies throughout the United States. Some of John’s AACCT directing credits include The Odyssey, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and The Adventures of Peter Rabbit. John was recently seen on stage as the Miller in Rumpelstiltskin, the Skin Horse in The Velveteen Rabbit and as Little John in The Legend of Robin Hood. John was recently cast in the new HBO/Cinemax series Quarry. The first season is airing currently.

Cliff Todd

Writer and star of The Legend of Bobby Darin: An Unauthorized Autobiography

Cliff Smircina

Cliff Smircina is an independent film actor, director, and producer.

Check out his website here!

Willette Thompson

Actress Film/TV/Stage & AEA Stage manager.

Check out her IMDb!

Chuck Johnson

Najee band member

Lee Fields

Professional Clown and Novelist

Jonathan Sartell

Jonathan Sartell is an actor and producer, known for Family Problems (2013), Untitled Identity Crisis Film (2017) and The Girl in the Attic (2016)

Check out his IMDb!

Darrian Marshall

Darrian Marshall

Hometown: Gloucester, Virginia
Major: B.F.A.,  Musical Theatre
Graduation Date: 2020

Darrian Marshall is from Gloucester, Virginia.  Marshall is currently a Junior and a Musical Theatre Major. He has been in several Ferrum productions such as August: Osage County, Cabaret, Fuddy Meers, It Can’t Happen Here, & Man of La Mancha. Marshall also takes vocal & acting courses throughout every semester to strengthen his skills for upcoming productions.

Mariah Banks

Mariah Banks

Hometown – Rocky Mount VA
Major : BFA in Musical Theatre
Graduation: 2019
Mariah is sophomore majoring in Musical theatre from the little town of Franklin County. She plans to move to different cities around the country and work in professional theatre and maybe even one day be on Broadway! If business happens to ever slow down in her acting career she would like to become either a theatre or choir director at a high school while getting her masters in music and theatre to maybe teach at a college level. She has only been in theatre for a few years, but has learned and developed so much through the short time. She cant wait to be involved with many more shows in the future and cant wait to see where the future will take her.

Seleste Cowie

Seleste Cowie

Hometown: Louisa, Va.
Major: B.F.A., Acting & Directing
Graduation Date: 2018
Seleste Cowie is currently a member of APO, Theta Gamma Omega, and the Black Mask Improv team. She has portrayed characters such as Karen in August: Osage County, Sonia in Vanya, Sonia, Masha, &  Spike, Eva in Absurd Person Singular, Woman #2 in The Women of Lockerbie, and she has also made appearances in Little Women, and Legally Blonde: The Musical.

Malcolm Alexander McRae

 Malcolm Alexander McRae

Hometown: Stafford, VA
Major: Musical Theatre
Expected Graduation Year: 2019
Malcolm Alexander McRae is a sophomore at Ferrum college and is majoring in Musical Theatre. He has been in two performances here at Ferrum, he was Male #1 in Emotional Creature and Steve Heidebrecht in August: Osage County. He hopes you have a fantastic viewing of the show and welcomes you to the Cabaret.

Jamie Marie Gilbert

Jamie Marie Gilbert

Hometown: Williamsburg, Virginia
Major: B.F.A., Musical Theatre
Graduation Date: Class of 2020

Bio: Jamie Gilbert is a Musical Theatre Major here at Ferrum, as an alumni of Warhill High School she was a part of eight musicals and four plays. When not on stage, she enjoys her time outdoors hunting and camping. Jamie’s ultimate goal is to perform on Broadway…or some other big stage someday, but her fall back is to be a teacher to inspire young minds like her previous Theatre and Music teachers, she would not be who she is today without their help and guidance. Jamie would like to thank her family and friends for their constant support.

Fox Yates

Fox Yates

Hometown: Richmond, VA
Major: B.F.A., Musical Theatre & B.A., Religion
Graduation Date: 2019
Fox Yates is a Musical Theatre and Religion double major at Ferrum College. She has been seen on the Sale Theatre stage numerous times in recent roles such as “Masha” from Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike; “Jo” from Little Women; and “Rosie” from Caberet. In addition to her roles on stage, she has also done her fair share of backstage work. Her most recent job as a technician was during the Fall performance of August: Osage County where she tackled the assistant director’s duties alongside actor and director, Wayne Bowman. She hopes to continue to perform both onstage and offstage work as her collegiate career continues and will hopefully move on from this school to the next stage of her life: graduate school. She would like to thank her family, friends and Cary Nothnagel for their unending support and inspiration.

Kathryn Bonner

Name: Kathryn Bonner

Expected graduation year: 2020

Major: BFA Acting and Directing

Minor: Sociology

Hometown: Mechanicsville, VA


Bio: Kathryn Bonner is a BFA Acting and Directing major at Ferrum College with a minor in Sociology. Ever since she joined theatre in 2012, it has been her passion and she loves bringing characters to life on stage. She has been in many productions in the past, in positions of tech, directing, stage managing, and acting, although acting is her first and true love. Some of her Ferrum acting credits include Texas in “Cabaret”, Phillip Jessup in “It Can’t Happen Here”, and CB’s Sister in “Dog Sees God”. Kathryn is also the Secretary and Historian of ΑΨΩ, (Alpha Psi Omega), the Theatre Honor Society. She tries to live her life on and off stage by this quote- “Act well your part; there all honor lies” (Alexander Pope).

Kayla Messenger

Kayla Messenger

Hometown: Callaway
Major: B.A., Theatre Arts/ Minor in Education
Graduation date: May 2019

Kayla Messenger is a Theatre Arts major with a minor in education. She has many dreams for on stage and off stage. Her previous roles at Ferrum include Meg in Little Women and Helga in Cabaret. Being in the education program has provided many opportunities for internships at all levels of education. Her previous internships including 9th grade math and 6th grade art. Words cannot express how thankful she is for her time at Ferrum College

Alyssa Herman

Alyssa Herman 

Hometown: Woodbridge, VA
Major: B.F.A. Acting and Directing and History Major
Graduation Date: 2019

LaShonda Graves

LaShonda Graves

Hometown: Danville, VA
Major: B.F.A., Musical Theatre
Graduation Date: 2018


LaShonda Graves is a musical theatre major in Ferrum College. She is known as a sorority member and crazy cat lady from Legally Blonde and hag from Little Women. LaShonda has three goals to achieved: audition at the VTA and SETC, getting an a  theatre internship, and performing onstage.

Marquis Lee

Marquis Lee

Hometown:  Sterling, VA

Major: Acting and Directing/ Criminal Justice

Graduation Date: 2020

When I first came here, I was one of the main roles in August Osage County. This was my first production. Ferrum college has taught me a lot, I especially learned a lot from Wayne Bowman and Giuseppe Ritorto.  

Precious Leonard

Precious Leonard

Hometown:  Sterling, VA

Major: Acting and Directing

Graduation Date: 2019

Precious is a third year student and majoring in Theatre Arts. She has a love for tech and can always find her the booth! She has worked on shows such as The Crazy quilt, Little Women, and Legally Blonde: The Musical. After graduating, she plans on working with for a professional theatre company and lighting up the worrld with her talent!  

Box Office and Tickets



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We at Ferrum College Theatre Arts are committed to our military (active, reserve, guard and veterans) and first responders. We offer access to our great theatre at no charge.  Appropriate ID must be presented when picking up your tickets.

Box Office Information

The Ferrum College Theatre Box Office is located in:
Schoolfield Hall
-Sale Theatre

Lobby Box Office

The Lobby Box Office is located in the lobby of the theatre hosting the show and opens one hour before show time and remains open until the show begins.

Door Time

Doors open and audience seating begins thirty minutes before show time.


Ferrum College music and theatre  performances and special events will only be canceled for inclement weather in extreme cases. Please note that Ferrum College performances do not always follow the same closing procedures as Ferrum College. Inclement weather announcements are communicated via e-blastsFacebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

All purchased tickets will be refunded through for any canceled performance.


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2019/2020 Theatre Arts Scholarship


Ferrum College Theatre Arts offers four opportunities to audition for our performance scholarships. We seek talented and well-rounded students for each Theatre Art Scholarship.

To audition for a scholarship first, you must Apply to Ferrum College. Next please fill out and return the Ferrum College Theatre-Arts-Scholarship-2019-2020 Form.

Relax and read a play!

The Theatre Arts faculty will review your application; we will contact you via email to confirm your preferred audition date.

Soon after the Scholarship Audition, we will notify you, within two weeks, of your recommended scholarship amount.

Descriptions of degree requirements are on our Degree Programs page.

 To be considered for our Theatre Arts scholarship, you must visit campus.

Email or call with questions:

Coordinator of Theatre Arts, Giuseppe Ritorto