Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

In a scene from Peter Pan, Peter speaks to a gathering of children crouching behind chairs
 A woman gazes at a lit candle in a scene from an IAS production
 Cans of paint in foreground, with students painting scenery in background
The Players in a scene from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

What is the BA in Theatre?

Do you love the way theatre takes you into new worlds? Introduces you to extraordinary characters? Helps you better understand your own feelings and those of the people around you? Does being a part of theatre nourish your soul?

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre is ideal for students like you who love the art of theatre, and want to explore all that goes into making theatre with meaning. We are committed to developing creative thinkers with artistic vision as we learn the relationships between critical thinking and artistic practice.

We emphasize the skills that all theatre artists need: creative problem solving, risk taking, collaboration, and cultural awareness. And we provide solid foundations in skills of specific theatre artists, including actors, directors, technicians, designers, stage managers, dramaturgs, and playwrights. You can choose to explore one of these areas, or as many of these areas as you like. You might uncover talents you never knew you had!

What are the features of Miami's program?

Customization

Our core courses help you experience the different areas of theatre. Beyond the core, you choose electives that meet your individual goals. You may continue to explore multiple areas of theatre or focus on one single area.

Flexibility

Courses are not offered in sequences, so if you are interested in double majoring, adding a minor or two, or studying abroad, you can usually complete your degree in four years.

Engaged learning

Participation in productions is part of your degree! You earn credit working on department productions in any capacity. Qualified undergraduates can design and direct in the production season under the mentorship of a faculty of working artists and scholars.

Personal attention

Small class sizes (usually 15 or fewer students) allow for more personal interaction and one-on-one mentoring.You will also be assigned a member of the theatre faculty to serve as your academic advisor.

Professional networking

As a first-year student, you'll engage with Miami's Center for Career Exploration and Success to begin thinking about life after college. Juniors take a course in professional preparation, and seniors take a networking trip to Chicago every fall.

Our Thriving Artist Network connects you with Miami alumnae working in the industry, helping you make that leap to a new city when you graduate.

Accreditation

The Department of Theatre is fully accredited with the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and holds 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.

Are there special admission requirements?

Yes, in addition to the general university application, the Department of Theatre requires an audition interview for admission. The department schedules interview days on campus throughout the year, and also interviews at the Illinois High School Theatre Festival, the Ohio and Indiana Thespian Festivals, and the International Thespian Festival in June. Alternate dates or electronic auditions may be arranged. Special admission on the basis of outstanding talent is available. Admission details »

What courses would I take?

In addition to Global Miami Plan Foundation courses, you'll complete a core of theatre courses in acting, technical theatre, design, theatre history, script analysis and directing. You'll choose additional courses from over 30 theatre electives in all areas of theatre. Six Theatre Production Practicum experiences are also required. Program requirements »

What can I do with this major?

Many of our majors have gone on to graduate schools and to successful careers in the entertainment industry, including live theatre, film, and television.

But majors also develop a large number of highly valuable skills that make them valuable employees for any job. Collaboration, creative problem solving, and interpersonal communication skills learned in theatre have helped students forge careers in business, law, advertising, education and management. Your Career in Theatre »