Bachelor of Arts


Bachelor of Arts

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre is designed to produce well-rounded theatre generalists. Graduates will possess training that will prepare them to assume roles in regional theatres, enter graduate school, or allow them to assume leadership positions in the community based theatres.

Students will develop an understanding of the many aspects of theatre and the collaboration required to produce and perform theatre pieces through both technical competency and broad knowledge of theatre. In addition, students will be allowed to develop specific skills through advanced coursework and gain practical experience in acting, directing, or technical theatre.

Learning Outcomes

  • Possess a competency in multiple disciplines involved in the practice and production of theatre.
  • Apply a thorough knowledge of the historical literature and practice of theatre to artistic creation.
  • Analyze current and historical theories of theatre and their relationship to culture/ ethical behavior.
  • Utilize collaborative problem-solving techniques to confront challenges in the creative process.
  • Create constructive critical responses to varied theatrical phenomena.
  • Constantly generate and monitor a personal aesthetic which feeds the creative Being.

Why Study Theatre?

Theatre majors learn a wide variety of skills that are directly applicable to jobs in business, education, science, human services, medicine, psychology, writing, and management of all sorts, in addition to the arts.

Theatre students study how to present themselves clearly and expressively. They learn this through the acting classes, but also through directing, and the presentations they do of their designs.

Experience & Opportunities

  • Get involved as an actor, designer, or crew member as soon as your walk on campus
  • Touring Shakespearean production
  • 4 productions per year
  • Shows ranging in style from ancient Greek to Contemporary Comedy
  • Musicals produced every other year
  • Facilities: Johnston Center for Performing Arts including a main stage theatre with a seating capacity of 300 people and a black box theatre with 83 seats
  • Available scholarships


  • Actor
  • Artistic Director
  • Associate Director
  • Dramaturg
  • Lighting
  • Makeup/Hair Designers
  • Producer
  • Stage Manager
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Tech Director
  • Tour Manager
  • Traditional Public Relations


Theatre Foundation Courses (17 hours)


Each of the following courses (some may require prerequisites) :
THE 104 – Stage Craft
THE 108 – Dramatic Activities I
THE 109 - Dramatic Activities II
THE 111 – Acting I
THE 114 – Intro to Design
THE 214 – Voice and Diction

THE 215 -  Movement for the Stage
THE 216 – Script Analysis

Theatre Core Courses (26 hours)


Each of the following courses (some may require prerequisites):
THE 114 – Intro to Design
THE 212 – Acting II
THE 322 – Directing
THE 323 – Theatre History I
THE 324 – Theatre History II
THE 349 – Theatre Management
THE 355 – Special Materials and Methods


Theatre Practicum Courses (5 of the following)

THE 208 – Practicum II
THE 209 – Practicum IV
THE 308 – Practicum V
THE 309 – Practicum VI
THE 408 – Practicum VII

THE 409 - Practicum VIII


Theatre Core Electives (12 hours)


Some may require prerequisites:

THE 313 - Stage Management

THE 314- Scenic Design

THE 345 - Costuming and Stage Make-up

THE 347 - Lights and Sound Design

THE 471 - Modern Dramaturgy 

THE 491 - Interships


Fine Arts Electives (9 hours)

Any three courses totaling 9 credit hours with an ART, DAN, MUS, and Philosophy, Media, Literature

* Courses with the THE designation used above in any of the requirements of the major, including the Theatre elective, may NOT be used as a Fine Arts Elective.


Theatre Captstone (3 hours)

One of the following courses:

THE 492 - Advanced Exploration and Acting

THE 493 - Advanced Exploration and Directing

THE 494 - Advanced Exploration and Technical Theatre


Program Contact

Katie Eickhoff
Assistant Professor of Theatre
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 217-735-7276