LysistrataTheatre offers courses that develop students’ analytic, performance, and production skills.  Students pursuing a major or a minor in theatre study theatre history, performance theory, acting, and design, and have opportunities to study directing, voice and movement, dramatic literature, and theatrical performance across cultures.

The McCoy Theatre, which opened in 1982, operates under the direction of Theatre faculty.  The McCoy Theatre mounts formal productions and hosts several other performances each year, including staged readings, one-acts, and performances and workshops of guest artists.  Productions from past seasons include Nicholas Nickleby, J.B., and Dancing at Lughnasa. Productions also frequently include work originally conceived and developed at Rhodes. The McCoy Theatre regularly produces Shakespeare.  Recent Shakespeare productions include Hamlet, The Tempest, and Twelfth Night.  The McCoy Theatre occasionally produces musicals, which, in the past, have included Candide and Urinetown.

Theatre provides opportunities for all students to be involved with theatrical performances on campus.  Theatre courses are open to the student body, and the McCoy Theatre's formal productions offer students in all disciplines opportunities to act, design, manage, and build.

Honors in Theatre

Detailed information about graduating with Honors in Theatre is available from the department. All Honors candidates must meet the College’s eligibility criteria established for the Honors Program. Only students with a minimum overall GPA of 3.5 and a GPA within the major of 3.7 by the end of the fall semester of their junior year will be eligible to pursue honors. In addition to fulfilling the requirements for the major, students seeking honors will be expected to complete the following additional work:

  1. The one-credit Honors Tutorial, Theatre 399, in spring of the junior year: in consultation with an appropriate member of the Theatre faculty, the Honors candidate must write a proposal for Honors work, positing a substantial Honors thesis or creative project that demonstrates an exceptional understanding of the area(s) studied, to be implemented in the senior year. The department must approve the proposal.
  2. The Senior Honors Tutorials, Theatre 495-496, in fall and spring of the senior year. An overall grade of A- on the thesis or project itself is required for Honors credit.

Requirements for a Major in Theatre

A total of forty-eight (48) credits as follows:

1. Theatre 100: Introduction to Theatre
2. Theatre 120: Acting I
3. Theatre 220: Production Technologies
4. Theatre 222: Scenic Design
5. Theatre 221: Acting II
6. Theatre 270: Performance Theory
7. Dramatic Literature Course
8. Theatre 301: Theatre Lab
9. Theatre 485: Senior Seminar
10. 4 Applied Credits
11. Two Theatre courses, at the 300+ level, from 2 of the following groups of courses:
• Directing-Performing
• History-Theory-Literature
• Design-Technology


Requirements for a Minor in Theatre

A total of twenty-four (24) credits as follows:

  1. Theatre 100
  2. Theatre 120
  3. Theatre 220
  4. Theatre 270
  5. Theatre 301
  6. 4 Applied Credits

Theatre: Faculty and Staff

Associate Professors

David Mason. 2004. Chair. B.A.; M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison. (Theatre history; theory; dramatic literature.)

Assistant Professors

Joy Brooke Fairfield. 2016. B.A., Harvard; M.A., New York University; Ph.D., Stanford. (Acting; directing.)

Part-Time Instructors

Bradley Harris. 2015. B.A., University of Calgary; M.F.A., University of Memphis; J.D., University of Calgary. (Public speaking.)

Managing Director, McCoy Theatre

Kevin Collier. 2006. B.A., Rhodes College.

Technical Director, McCoy Theatre

Keenan Minogue. 2017. MfA, University of Memphis.