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Performance for Media and Stage

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Erie, Pennsylvania
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  • Pursue Your Creative Passions with a Performance for Media and Stage Degree from Gannon University 

    Students who have a passion for the creative human spirit will find their possibilities here. With multiple performance venues including the area’s only black box theater, you can develop your own skills in voice, movement, stage combat, intimacy for the stage, mask, ensemble and improvisation to prepare for a career as a professional artist or build a foundation for further graduate study. 

    • Learn in the region’s only black box-style or studio-style theater and become an expert in non-traditional and proscenium-style staging. 
    • Find communication, media and arts faculty and technologies in a single location. 
    • Experience all aspects of theater through local civic theater and professional venues in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, NYC and the American Shakespeare Center.

    Learn to Lead the Way in Performance for Media and Stage

    • The program emphasizes acting, directing, improvisation, ensemble, movement, voice, mask and critique through the study of many cultural movements, styles and genres.  
    • Hone your acting skills through the study of Stanislavski, Chekhov, F.M. Alexander, Arthur Lessac, and local and international guest artists.  
    • Learn to communicate, explore and express the human condition through cross-disciplinary coursework in the School of Communication and the Arts.

    Experience an Exceptional Learning Environment

    • Learn from faculty who bring real-world theater experience to enhance your education.  
    • Participate in mainstage shows starting in your first year and work on classical and contemporary plays and musicals, craft ensemble work, devise new theater, and direct student productions for our yearly Fringe Festival.
    • Engage in professional arts organizations including the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology convention, and International Theatre Festival with Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. 

    Inspire Your Academic Success

    Gain real-world knowledge through key courses including:

    Production and Performance: : A laboratory course focused on the rehearsal and performance process where students assume roles on production, crew and cast, culminating in public performance and evaluation by students and director

    Improvisation: A laboratory course stressing improvisation skills, i.e. focus, teamwork, mime, character development, story development and more while expanding practical skills including creative problem solving, spontaneity, interpreting non-verbal communication, respectful conflict resolution and group dynamics. 

    Fundamentals of Acting: Explore the craft of acting; develop skills in creativity, improvisation, concentration and text analysis. 

    Achieve Your Possibilities

    Gannon’s performance for media and stage program provides an array of exciting opportunities where you can:

    • Access local arts affiliates including Dramashop, Erie Art Museum, Erie Arts and Culture/Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Erie Civic Center’s Warner Theater, Erie Philharmonic, Erie Playhouse and local broadcast affiliates.  
    • Pursue graduate opportunities in theater, acting, directing, drama therapy, dramaturgy and more.
    • Secure a career in stage, film, education, broadcasting, arts advocacy, human service agencies, advertising or marketing.  
    • Earn an average starting salary of $36,200 or mid-career salary of $58,600, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Seamus Clerkin

Seamus Clerkin Performance for Media and Stage

“I have had plenty of chances to perform onstage and learn from friends and professors how to be a better performer. I have also had the chance to study abroad in Limerick, Ireland at Mary Immaculate College. I have since brought that new knowledge home and have applied it here, as well.”

  • Receive hands-on learning through real-world courses, projects and valuable internship experiences that prepare you to become a professional in the field.
  • 13:1Enjoy a personalized experience inspired by Gannon’s faculty experts and a low student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1.
  • Apply for generous financial aid packages and scholarship awards.