image of harrison longA Message from Harrison Long

Welcome to the Department of Theatre & Performance Studies (TPS) where we share stories that inspire, build community and transform. Designed for the scholar/artist, our program offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with four accredited concentrations*: acting, performance studies, musical theatre, and design/technology. Our award-winning faculty engages students in a supportive community that combines academic rigor with artistic excellence. Each year, our students observe and work with a range of accomplished regional, national and international guest artists and scholars. Our diverse season of student work includes plays, musicals, spoken word performances, adaptations of classic literature, storytelling, improv comedy, and new works. TPS performances are staged in two elegant venues on the Kennesaw campus: the Stillwell Theater, our 315-seat proscenium, and the Onyx Theater, our intimate black box space. Our celebrated storytelling ensemble, the KSU Tellers, and K.I.S.S., KSU’s hilarious improv troupe, perform frequently around the metro Atlanta area at schools and professional venues like the Atlanta Fringe Festival. Opportunities to study abroad include programs in Montepulciano, Italy, as well as in London, Paris and at the Gaiety School of Acting, Ireland’s National Theatre School.

The benefits of a TPS degree reach far beyond the classroom or the proscenium arch. Our unique curriculum, grounded in the professional practice of theatre and performance studies, encourages students to investigate the roles they play from day-to-day, both on and off the stage. Our coursework sharpens a student’s ability to critically observe the world and cultivates many of the skills business leaders desire most: creative problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, presentation skills, conflict resolution, and empathy. Our award-winning faculty of professional artists and scholars works to create partnerships, internships and student job opportunities within the top arts organizations in our region. If you want to create work that makes a positive difference, the Department of Theatre & Performance Studies is the place for you. Come share your story with us. 

Great Stories Told Here!

Harrison Long
Sr. Associate Dean, College of the Arts
Interim Chair and Professor, Theatre & Performance Studies