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The B.A. in theatre program provides broad-based education and training in theatre and provides students flexibility to explore any and all aspects of the performing arts. The degree combines a theoretical and analytical approach to understanding theatre and has an emphasis on academic and experiential training. The degree provides an excellent background to enter a career in professional theatre or to enter graduate school.

This program also allows students to combine theatre training with other disciplines to prepare them for careers not specifically in the theatre profession. For example, students may combine a B.A. in theatre with a minor in fine arts entrepreneurship to prepare for careers in administrative and management fields in theatre. Students might also combine a B.A. in theatre with a major in creative writing to prepare for careers such as playwriting or screenwriting. Another possibility is to double major in film/television production.

Students holding the BA in Theatre must demonstrate

  • The ability to think conceptually and critically about text, performance, and production.
  • An understanding of production processes, aesthetic properties of style, and the way these shape and are shaped by artistic and cultural forces.
  • An acquaintance with a wide selection of theatre repertory including the principal eras, genres, and cultural sources.
  • The ability to develop and defend informed judgments about theatre.
  • Ability in areas of performance and production appropriate to individual needs and interests.
  • An understanding of procedures and approaches for realizing a variety of theatrical styles.
  • Intermediate to advanced competence in one or more theatre specialization in creation, performance, or scholarship.

What You'll Do

  • Train with experienced faculty and staff in the areas of scenic design and painting, lighting and sound design, costume design, and construction. 
  • Prepare for rewarding careers as a professional capable of performing musical theatre 
  • Study and train in the beautiful River Campus, a multimillion dollar facility devoted to the visual and performing arts.
  • Benefit from an established program of collaboration with professional guest actors, directors, singers, casting agents, and designers.
  • Establish relationships with professional actors, directors, and singers through internships, outside auditions, master classes, artist residencies, theatre festivals, and a Senior Showcase in New York City.
View the BA Theatre Program Learning Objectives

What You'll Study

  • TH155 Makeup
  • TH218 Acting
  • TH251 Costume Construction
  • TH490 Theatre History

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Internships & Career Opportunities

  • Goodman Theatre in Chicago
  • Second City
  • Santa Fe Opera
  • Julliard School of Drama
  • B-Street Theatre
  • Temple University
  • Williamstown Festival


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