Undergraduate

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At the U of A, I got excellent training in my classes and, more importantly, many opportunities to put what I learned into practice. The department is large enough to provide a great range of classes and productions, and small enough that each student may experience the whole process of creating theatre.

- Elizabeth Barnes, Emmy nominated casting director, Los Angeles (Medium, Studio 60, Into the West)

Coursework

Classes in acting, directing, scene design, stagecraft, musical theatre, dance, make-up, dramatic literature, costume design, theatre history, playwriting, lighting design, comedy improvisation, audition techniques, movement, stage management, stage speech, singing, scene painting, and specialized seminars lead to a thorough understanding of the theatre process.  Production experience, work with professional guest artists, and involvement in national festivals and conferences are natural extensions of the intensive learning done in the classroom.  Hands-on experiences are plentiful, with opportunities to act, design, direct, and work behind the scenes.  We strongly encourage active involvement in all aspects of production and strive to provide a variety of opportunities which will prepare students both academically and professionally for a successful future in theatre.

The Department of Theatre offers two concentrations for undergraduates, Performance and Design & Technology. We also offer a minor in theatre and Departmental Honors participation.

Senior Progress Review

All theatre majors are required, in the semester before graduation, to successfully complete the Senior Progress Review.  This is a faculty assessment of each student's accomplishments in performance, design and technical production, and/or academic achievement.