Asbury University

Wilmore, KY

Asbury University

Wilmore, KY

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Performing Arts Profile

Performing Arts at Asbury: This could be you!

With a commitment to academic excellence and spiritual vitality, Asbury University encourages its students to study, worship, and serve together on a campus located 20 minutes southwest of Lexington in Wilmore, Kentucky. Primarily a four-year, multi-denominational institution, the University has been at the heart of spiritual movements throughout its history. The University provides many opportunities for student involvement both on and off campus. Internships, exchange programs, missions, and community service opportunities are also available and are part of the curriculum in nearly every major.

The Theatre program provides training for the well-rounded theatre artist—and that could be you! Acting, technical skills, design, and management: Your work at Asbury will combine practical knowledge, academic depth, and a natural integration of faith into your craft. Theatre is a living artform; starting your first year, you can be a creative partner in our stage, film, and TV projects. Other opportunities include studying at The Globe Theatre in London, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and internships at theatres across the country. Students graduating with the Theatre Arts are prepared for jobs including actor, teacher, costume designer, director, dramaturg, stage hand, lighting designer, makeup artist, playwright, scenic designer, sound designer, stage manager, technical director, theatre critic, wardrobe supervisor, light board operator, props master, charge artist, sound board operator, voice over artist, chief electrician, house manager, casting associate, crew, set builder and many others.

Develop your musical gifts through outstanding performance opportunities, rigorous academics, and thriving musical community. Music Majors at Asbury receive an elite education and dynamic performance opportunities while preparing to make an IMPACT around the world. Asburians are teaching music in schools in Saudi Arabia, Nepal, and across the United States and performing on stages with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pershing’s Own Army Band, The Houston Grand Opera, and more! Music Alumni are also impacting the world as church musicians, pastors, doctors, lawyers, graphic designers, and countless other professions.

Worship Arts Program
Master worship leading skills, pursue musical excellence, and nurture your faith as you become a leader in worship. The Worship Arts major at Asbury is dedicated to equipping young men and women in using the arts to engage their culture with the truth and love of Jesus Christ. It's a program where passion runs alongside excellence in practice—where classes are designed to lead your heart as well as train your mind. We want to use music, the visual arts, and drama to lead people who don’t know Jesus to Him and to lead those who do know Him closer to Him.



Named one of the most affordable Christian colleges in the nation


Asbury's #14 ranking of Regional Universities South is the highest of any other regional school in Kentucky | U.S. News & World Report

Asbury By The Numbers

Asbury University’s 1,956 students come from 41 states and 35 foreign nations, and more than 80% of the University’s students live on campus.

Asburians have worked on more than 350 theatrically released films and more than 500 network television productions and have won over 60 Emmy awards

Classes are taught by experienced scholars, 75% of whom hold terminal degrees in their field of study.

Asbury's 15 academic departments offer over 150 areas of study, including with online programs. The University also offers several master’s degrees in Business Administration, Media Communication, and Education, including alternative certification programs.

More than 22,000 living alumni of the University surround the globe, leading and serving in all 50 states and at least 80 nations.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “There are a million reasons why I would tell someone to choose Asbury. This place is special. I have grown so much in my walk with Christ. I'm surrounded by the greatest community of friends. I've learned so much, and the professors truly care about us! I love Asbury!”

    • Charis, Visionary Class of 2020
      Christian Ministries, Communication
  • “The connections you gain as a graduate will benefit you far beyond your time spent on the traditional or online campus. The Asbury name and the network you build through the alumni family may be one of Asbury's greatest assets.”

    • Jennifer, Merciful Class of 2019
      Instructional Design
  • “The professors not only want to teach us but to come alongside us and holistically care for us.”

    • Natalia, Merciful Class of 2019
      Communication, Intercultural Studies
  • “There are so many incredible experiences I've had at Asbury. My department has provided amazing opportunities outside of campus, such as the Olympics and Sundance. Being the stage manager of the live sitcom production and directing the Sophomore Musical both helped me grow my skills and are not half bad to put on a résumé!”

    • Kari, Merciful Class of 2019
      Media Communication, Theatre & Cinema Performance