Arts & Culture
SEU’s performing arts and culture scene on campus adds a richness to campus life that isn’t found at every university. Students entertain through music, theater, comedy, film, and more, using their gifts and talents to God’s glory and the enjoyment of others. Whether you want to join in on the fun yourself or just watch your classmates, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to experience high-quality arts and entertainment while at Southeastern.
Christian theologian Martin Luther once wrote, “…next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.” Our music department embraces that belief with skill and fervor, hosting 15 free concerts during the academic year, ranging from John Phillips Sousa to Duke Ellington to Felix Mendelssohn. Concerts take place at local churches or in Bush Chapel. Our wind ensemble, chamber strings, orchestra, string quartet, flute choir, percussion ensemble, concert choir, chamber singers, vocal jazz, jazz band, and jazz combo are led by experienced faculty who’ve performed at local, national, and international events. Non-music majors also are welcome to participate in our performance groups.
180 Film Festival
You’ve worked for months on a film to which you devoted your every waking hour. You walk through the doors of Bush Chapel and find a seat at the fifth-annual 180 Film Festival. The lights in the chapel dim. The once-dark 10-foot by 14-foot screen that dominates the stage jumps to life with the opening scenes of your film. That’s the magic of the 180 Film Festival, Southeastern’s yearly awards ceremony for the best three- and 10-minute student-produced films. A panel of judges vote on dozens of awards including best picture, best director, and people’s choice. Past winners include Face2Face, a comedic social commentary on the pop culture’s current obsession of Facebook, and The Cover Up, a dark comedy about two roommates who try to hide the accidental death of their third roommate.
Our community of performers, technical crew, and front-of-house crew believe that the stage is the place where the gift of theater is given back to God through excellent productions. An exquisitely delivered line in Henrik Ibsen’s piercing An Enemy of the People, a brilliant moment of lighting in Tom Key and Russell Treyz’s lively musical Cotton Patch Gospel, or the quixotic set of Moliere’s comedy The Imaginary Invalid all are a chance for our students to embrace their God-given artistic ambition. Our theater department produces four stage events every year. Typically, those four events include a serious drama, a comedy, a musical, and a classical piece. For a firsthand look at our theater department, check out one of our Performing Arts Visit events.