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Professional Theatres in Residence

The Department of Theatre and Dance is very proud to be the home for three professional companies in residence. These three resident theatre companies -  Pipeline-Collective, The Nashville Shakespeare Festival and Verge Theatre - along with the many other professional partnerships listed below, offer a unique professional training ground for student actors, directors and designers. Belmont Theatre & Dance students have the ability to work side by side with exceptional professionals in the entertainment industry.

  • Pipeline-Collective: Founded in 2016, Pipeline-Collective creates guerilla-style theatre, with emphasis on the craft of the actor, dynamic storytelling, and theatrical magic on a shoestring budget. We cultivate relationships and collaborations across state lines and into non-arts realms. Through innovative programming such as the Playground Series – which seeks to make theatre “dark nights” a thing of the past – and theatrical benefits that call attention to the work of charitable organizations, Pipeline-Collective extends the reach of the arts, empowering theatremakers to tell their stories.
  • The Nashville Shakespeare Festival: The mission of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival is to educate and entertain the Mid-South community through professional Shakespearean experiences. The Festival enriches and unifies our community with bold, innovative and relevant productions along with empowering, participatory educational programs, setting the regional standard of excellence in educational outreach and performances of Shakespeare’s plays. NSF began in 1988 with the first production for “Shakespeare in the Park,” As You Like It. Since then, the Festival has grown into one of the Mid-South’s leading professional theatres. Each summer 12,000 to 17,000 people attend the annual “Summer Shakespeare” production which is designed to be accessible to people from all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Since 1988, over 344,000 Middle Tennesseans have attended, and admission has remained free, with donations welcomed for any who choose to support the Festival. In 2008, The Nashville Shakespeare Festival was invited to present an annual Winter Shakespeare production in residence at Belmont University’s Troutt Theater. The winter production allows The Festival to expand its repertoire to include plays that benefit from a more intimate indoor venue and to provide both public performances and daytime school performances. Winter Shakespeare still begins at the Troutt each January, and now tours to four additional counties, serving over 58,000 since 2008.
  • Verge Theatre: The Verge Theatre Company, formal known as The Five Dollar Recession Theatre Company or FDR, produces stimulating, affordable theater for Nashville, provides opportunities for theater artists to express themselves, especially young women, and bringing small budget, topical, raw, representative, risky, Chicago-style theater to Nashville. Verge Theatre produces one to two productions a year combining professional theatre artists with upcoming local student talent.

The Department of Theatre and Dance has supported and partnered with many of Nashville’s most important theatre and dance companies over the last two years.  These companies include:

Internships are available with any of the above companies.