Skills Acquisition

Skills and Abilities Gained with a Theatre Major

The theatre program expects artistic, intellectual and spiritual discipline from its students. Students enter the program with varying degrees of skill, knowledge and emotional and spiritual maturity. The university theatre faculty strive to assess those talents and to develop a clear path forward for each student. Whether in the classroom, design lab, rehearsal hall or studying alone, the student is expected to maintain a work-ethic and discipline that addresses their current limitations and remains committed to personal growth.

A student’s discipline and commitment to personal growth in the theatrical arts not only prepares the student to compete for jobs in the industry, but also helps them develop strong professional skills that are highly attractive to employers in a wide variety of careers.

GFU Theatre Majors gain the following professional skills:

Excellent oral communication skills

  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Ability to command an audience
  • Clarity of speech & ability to fill a room
  • Excellent memorization skills
  • Physical and vocal awareness
  • Ability to calm nerves under high pressure
  • Strong self confidence
Creative thinking and problem solving skills

  • Great critical thinking skills
  • Ability to transform concepts into action
  • Ability to work and create under pressure
  • Ability to take responsibility for one’s own curiosity
  • Ability to think outside the box
  • Willingness to try new ideas and accept new challenges

Quality Control and Dedication

  • A strong concern for quality control
  • Ability to follow through on challenging tasks
  • A dedication to succeed despite obstacles

Motivation and Commitment

  • Commitment to personal excellence
  • Commitment to group excellence
  • Commitment to personal, emotional and spiritual integrity
  • Goal-oriented approach to work

Collaboration and Team Work

  • Ability to give and take
  • Ability to recognize the best idea in the room even when it isn’t one’s own
  • Respect for leadership and the ability to support a leader’s direction
  • Respect for team members and the power of good working relationships
  • Ability to work with the most difficult and dramatic people in the room

Time Management Skills

  • Recognition of the power of promptness
  • Ability to use time effectively and efficiently
  • Ability to meet deadlines under pressure
  • Ability to find balance between one’s professional and personal lives


  • Ability to trust one’s instincts and to take the lead
  • Ability to ask the best questions
  • Ability to complete the task at hand

Ability to adapt quickly

  • Ability to grasp complex matters and solve problems in a short period of time
  • Ability to listen effectively and carefully to instructions
  • Ability to react and adapt on the spot to changing circumstances

Self Confidence

  • The ability to trust one’s self and ability to rise to meet each new challenge
  • An unconquered, creative spirit


  • The ability to walk a mile in another person’s shoes
  • The ability to see a problem from multiple perspectives
  • The ability to recognize how social, political, religious and cultural environments impact personal behavior
  • The ability to read others well and to respond with care