Unidentified theater students from Agnes Scott College pose before a performance in Grecian costume, ca. 1900.
Courtesy of Georgia Archives, Vanishing Georgia Collection.
The full cast of the South Georgia State Normal College (later Valdosta State University) production of Twelfth Night gathers for a portrait.
Courtesy of Valdosta State University. Odum Library. Archives and Special Collections, Campus Glimpses 1920s.
Students from LaGrange College perform Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman in 1964.
Courtesy of Troup County Archives, Troup County Photograph Collection.
Spelman College's production of Antigone in 2001, a production the college recorded in full.
Courtesy of Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library, Spelman College Theatre and Dance.
For many, college theater is the first point of access to the world of amateur theater. In Georgia, college programs have connected aspiring actors to professional theater companies around the state. For example, the Atlanta-Morehouse-Spelman Summer Theater was closely connected to Black theaters around Atlanta, where students collaborated in productions and alums helped found many of the city's premier professional theaters. Many programs, such as the Peach State Summer Theatre, provide a place of community for students, allowing them to take part in enduring traditions and wider artistic communities. Peach State, based in Valdosta and named “the Official Musical Theatre of the State of Georgia,” allows Valdosta State University students to participate in professional theater productions over the course of a summer.