See Yourself at GTA
Our unrivaled undergraduate program produces five to six shows per season, a new works festival, and numerous student-driven productions.
GTA produces five to six mainstage productions per academic year on one of our four mainstage theatres. A typical production season includes two to three plays, two musicals, and a play for young audiences. GTA has become well-known for our incredible production value and focus on a professional production process.
WonderQuest is GTA’s exciting production arm for Theatre for a Young Audience (TYA). Each year, GTA produces one show for thousands of area children and schools on the Brenau University campus.Learn More
GTA is devoted to developing new plays and musicals for the American theatre. Each year, the GTA New Works Festival offers opportunities for students to work with professional playwrights, book writers, composers, and librettists from across the country in developing new scripts for production. One of the highlights of the festival is an evening devoted to fully-produced student short plays, with winning scripts selected by our guest writers.
GTA enjoys a healthy partnership with the quickly growing Film program at UNG. Our students work interchangeably with the film students as actors, art directors, designers, scenic artists, gaffers, and in a myriad of other positions. When you’re not on the boards, you’ll be in front of the camera.
Find Yourself on One of our Four Unique Stages
Train, rehearse, perform, and create in distinctly different spaces
Pearce Auditorium is a 700-seat, 19th-century opera house, located on the Brenau University campus. “The largest of its kind in the South,” the auditorium was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Pearce has showcase multiple distinguished speakers and performers, including Helen Keller, Ted Shawn, Ruth St. Dennis, Martin Luther King Sr., Dan Rather, Jane Fonda, Maria Von Trapp, the Joffery II Ballet, the Vienna Boys Choir, Ramsey Lewis, Chuck Mangione, and Dave Brubeck.
Opened in 2002, the Hosch Theatre is the largest performance space in the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts, on the Brenau University campus. Named after its donor, Mary Helen Roop Hosch, the theatre offers seating for an audience of 350.
Ed Cabell Theatre
Named after Gainesville Theatre Alliance’s first artistic director, the Ed Cabell Theatre seats 200 around a three-quarter thrust stage. This theatre is housed inside the University of North Georgia-Gainesville's Performing Arts building.
Charles D. Walters Theatre on the Square
The Charles D. Walters Theatre on the Square is a 300-seat proscenium theatre, located inside the multi-purpose Brenau Downtown Center only a few blocks from the Brenau University campus and perched on the edge of Gainesville, GA’s bustling downtown square.
Learning by Doing
Learn through hands-on experience while bringing your creativity to life.
The GTA Costume Shop is housed on the Brenau University campus. Costume students participate in the construction of hundreds of costume pieces each year and work on wardrobe crews for GTA productions. Costume construction, fabric dyeing, draping techniques, and hair and makeup techniques are taught by our experienced costume faculty and staff. A state of the art computer lab shared with the Brenau Fashion Design Department is equipped with machines for digitizing, creating and printing patterns as well as 3-D visualization and virtual fitting of garments.
Our giant 3500 sq. ft. Scene Shop has a dedicated wood shop, small metal working shop, and spaces used for painting large scale scenery and fabricating a variety of stage properties. GTA technical theatre students receive hands-on experience in the shop through a number of ways: constructing major set pieces; learning about scenic painting; building hand props; and of course, as backstage run crew for our shows.
The Wonderbox serves as both a classroom and a lab, enabling students to quickly iterate their lighting ideas before taking them to the final venue. The space is fitted with a miniature light lab that gives students a chance to practice on scale models of sets using lights that are a third the size of the ones on stage. The room is set up as a flexible theater space in a 1:6-scale model. It is equipped with dozens of scale-size incandescent lights, LED lights, moving lights, pixel-mapping units and control boards, as well as the software to pre-visualize full lighting setups program and cue the lights.
Sound design students support our productions with soundscapes of both sound effect and music scoring as well as wireless microphone reinforcement for musical theatre performances. Our sound system installations provide designers with equipment and software of a professional standard.