As a theatre major, you acquire a high level of practical and theoretical knowledge along with critical-thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills that can be applied to a wide range of careers in theatre and beyond. Whether you want to be on the stage or behind the scenes, you can explore all facets of theatre production:

  • Perform
  • Design
  • Direct
  • Choreograph
  • Construct
  • Circuit
  • Paint
  • Sew
  • Write plays
  • Research
  • Teach

Multiple Career Paths

Common career areas for our theatre majors include acting, technical theatre, and theatre management, as well as communication, marketing, psychology, sales, and business management. Some theatre students have also pursued professional training in education, medicine, theology, literature, and law.

Our theatre graduates have worked and studied at prestigious institutions such as:

  • The American Shakespeare Center in Washington, D.C.
  • The Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.
  • The American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA
  • The American Theatre Company in Chicago
  • Actors Theatre of Louisville
  • Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
  • Walt Disney World
  • St. Louis Shakespeare Festival
  • Colorado Shakespeare Festival
  • Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
  • Blue Man Group
  • The Roundabout Theatre in NYC
  • Second City in Chicago
  • The Goodman Theatre in Chicago
  • The Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago

Student Opportunities

Students performing in a play

Theatrical Productions

As a theatre major, you have a variety of options when it comes to performance opportunities. Whether your passion is acting under the lights or tech work behind the scenes, you can learn it all by working on main stage productions.

Our Facilities

The Theatre Department has facilities and resources to help you gain practical experience at every level of theatre production—inhouse performance spaces, scene shop, costume shop, acting lab, design lab, dressing rooms, make-up room, and green room.

Scholarships and Work Experience

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