About Us

Making of Theatre

Welcome to the Miami University Department of Theatre. We're a small community of students, faculty, and staff committed to exploring theatre as a medium for personal growth and social change. We can't think of a better way to explore, articulate, and share our stories than through the art of theatre.

Students are at the center of all we do. Our academic degrees are designed to allow students to tailor a course of study suited to their personal interests. Students join our season selection committee and help us choose shows that address their needs and that engage the campus community. Our Independent Artists Series provides students the chance to create their own work and see it performed.

The arts are an integral part of life at Miami University, consistently ranked among the best colleges and universities in the country for its commitment to undergraduate teaching. From academics to career counseling to support of health and well being, Miami's resources are extensive and accessible.

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A Quick Glance

  • Second on College Factual’s 2019 list of Best Drama and Theatre Schools in Ohio, and the highest ranked institution focused solely on liberal arts education.
  • Around 100 majors and minors, allowing one-on-one advising and mentoring.
  • The average studio class ratio is 14:1.
  • 43% of Miami students studied abroad in 2018. Theatre faculty have led programs or taught in London, Luxembourg, the Czech Republic, Dublin, Paris, and Seoul.
  • Coordination with the Center for Career Exploration and Success helps our grads grow into thriving artists.

Our Degrees

We offer a BA in Theatre. Rather than providing set tracks or focuses, we work with each student to develop a course of study in theatre that meets their goals. This flexibility allows for change and growth, and opens each student to the possibility of exploring parts of the theatrical discipline that they may not have thought to explore.

Flexibility also allows students to add second majors, minors, internships, and study abroad programs into their college experience, adding valuable insight into creating thought-provoking work. And arming them with more skills to make smarter life decisions.

More information on the BA in Theatre

Our MA in Theatre and Practice has a similar philosophy. It provides students with a foundation in performance theory and criticism, dramatic literature and theatre history, while at the same time allowing students the flexibility to refine skills as directors, playwrights, dramaturgs, or designers.

More information on the MA in Theatre and Practice

We also offer minors in Theatre Arts, Dance, and Music Theatre

Our Production Season

Miami University Theatre typically presents a four-show season, with two shows in our Gates-Abegglen Theatre (proscenium) and two in Studio 88 (black box). We try to present a wide range of productions over a four year period, including classical work, contemporary work, comedies, dramas, new work, devised work, musicals, and theatre for young audiences.

Our shows are cast and crewed from our undergraduate student body, with no limitations on first-year student participation. Student designers are regularly assigned to productions in our season. And students may qualify to direct as part of our season, and if approved work with a full production team and a budget.

For students interested in creating their own work, the theatre department provides a space and funding for the Independent Artist Series. A student-run board reviews proposals for the series and chooses projects. All management and preparation for the IAS is done by students.

Our current Production Season

Past Production Seasons

Accreditation and Affiliations

We are fully accredited with the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

We hold memberships and/or affiliations with the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Black Theatre Network, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Mid-American Theatre Conference, Southeast Theatre Conference and the American Society for Theatre Research.