William Peace Theatre

Come experience WPU Theatre, where academics meet the arts.

Study theatre in the heart of a thriving, artistic, metropolitan community.  You’ll discover committed faculty who will ready you with the training and opportunities necessary to develop artistic sensitivity, creativity, responsibility, and integrity.

Our unique theatre programs offer competitive curriculum that ensures professional training in an environment conducive to academic scholarship and creative expression. We challenge you to become artists, scholars, and educators who examine and reflect on how your artistry can positively impact you and your community. 

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Degrees

  • B.F.A. in Musical Theatre (requires an audition to be accepted)
  • B.A. in Theatre (also offered as a minor)
  • B.A. in Theatre Education (non-licensure)
  • B.A. in Arts Administration

Many of our majors are also the only degree programs of their kind currently being offered in Raleigh. Our unique competitive theatre curriculum provides students with the needed tools to become a confident, marketable, self-assessing artist.

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Our theatre programs are led by award-winning teachers who have vast professional and academic experience and continue to work in the professional world. Students train under an impressive network of faculty and guest artists whose credits include Broadway, Off-Broadway, national tours, professional regional theatre, television, film, and radio, as well as strong academic achievements such as numerous publications, research presentations at prestigious international conferences, and teaching awards.

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Theatre Auditions & Scholarships

Incoming students in any of our four majors are eligible to audition for a potential theatre scholarship. Theatre scholarships are competitive and limited. An audition is also required to enter the B.F.A. Musical Theatre program.

For more information on auditioning for theatre scholarships and/or for acceptance into the B.F.A. program, please email theatre@peace.edu.

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Incoming students are eligible to audition for a potential theatre scholarship. An audition is also required to enter the B.F.A. Musical Theatre program.

“I’m so privileged when someone comes to a show who has never experienced theatre.” 

Josh Walker ’17, BFA Student

This emotionally-charged piece, directed by WPU’s Amy White, examines the reactions of the townspeople in Laramie, Wyoming, to a young man’s brutal murder

Opportunities On & Off Stage

We produce four mainstage productions a year (two musicals and two plays).  Additionally, we also produce choral concerts, dance concerts, senior recitals, theatre student showcases, and student-directed productions. Off-stage opportunities for students include roles in stage managing, set construction, lights, sound, costumes, makeup, box office, and props.

Our facilities include Kenan Auditorium (275-seat proscenium theater), Leggett Theater (90-seat black box theater), dance studio, keyboard lab, private rehearsal rooms with pianos, costumes & props storages, and a set construction warehouse.  Additional opportunities outside the classroom include our annual NYC trip for seniors and WPU trips abroad, such as our recent 2016 theatre trip to London where theatre students workshopped with actors in the West End and the Globe Theatre.

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