Immerse yourself in the art of theatre — its techniques, history and criticism — with an emphasis on learning by doing
Our Bachelor of Arts in Theatre provides an education that focuses on all aspects of the field. From acting, to design, to management, your coursework will help you understand each part of a successful production. Theatre students also partner with other programs across the university, creating an expansive creative foundation to pair with in-depth studio training.
Our award-winning faculty, our home in one of the busiest theater cities in the country, and our strong interdisciplinary approach gives our students incredible opportunities to become experts in the art of theatre. With courses in theatre design, acting, directing, theory, dramaturgy, history and production, you’ll understand both the theory and practice required to create theatre. Our degree programs also make it easy for students to double major or double minor, producing well-rounded graduates ready to take on their goals.
The curriculum of our 39 credit major and 12 credit minor focuses on theatre design, acting, playwriting, directing and production work along with the study of aesthetic theory, theatre history and other conceptual and theoretical topics. It is designed to give students a firm grounding in all aspects of theatre, while providing opportunities to focus on a particular aspect of study (e.g. acting, design, directing), by the end of senior year. Study Abroad opportunities are encouraged, as is the opportunity to do a Senior Honors Thesis, which can have a performance, design, creative or scholarly focus.
Over the course of the program you’ll discover yourself as an artist and creator. Many of our students enter and exit the program as actors, while others learn that they are more passionate in other aspects of the craft such as costuming, lighting or directing. Through experiences in and out of class, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge to succeed anywhere in the field you choose to go.
Our alumni have gone on to a range of successful careers including working actors and actresses, to stage managers, production designers, producers, writers and more.