Theatre

Degree

Bachelor of Arts | College of Creative Arts

What is Theatre?

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre is intended for students who wish to pursue the field of theatre situated within a liberal arts tradition. The undergraduate program is committed to developing creative thinkers with artistic vision through a program that emphasizes the interplay between critical thinking and artistic practice.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

Personal attention

Small class sizes (usually 15 or fewer students) allow for more personal interaction and one-on-one mentoring.

Accreditation

The Department of Theatre holds membership in the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Black Theatre Network, and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.

Professional theatre

Attendance at professional theatre in nearby Cincinnati, Louisville, Dayton, Columbus, and Indianapolis is not just recommended, it's part of our curriculum.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

Yes, in addition to the general university application, you should arrange an audition/interview with the department. Special admission on the basis of outstanding talent is available. Auditions/interviews are held on campus during designated Theatre Days, usually held twice during the academic year. (For registration information, visit the Department of Theatre or call 513-529-3053). Alternate dates or video auditions may be arranged if necessary.

At the audition/interview you must present two examples of your creative work. This may include monologues, a song, a portfolio of artistic work (e.g., set designs, costume renderings, photographs) or a portfolio of your written work (e.g., plays, creative writing, essays). For a complete list of possibilities and for application questions, visit the Department of Theatre. Creative materials may be presented in person or submitted via postal mail. At the interview, theatre faculty will explore your interest in theatre.

What courses would I take?

In addition to Global Miami Plan Foundation courses, you'll be required to complete core courses like Principles of Acting, Visual Communication for the Theatre, and Fundamentals of Directing. Other courses like Stage Makeup and Costume Design are also course opportunities. A foreign language and six semester hours of Theatre Production Practicum are additional requirements.

What can I do with this major?

Of course theatre majors can "do" theatre. But they also develop a large number of highly valuable skills that make them valuable employees for any job. This major helps prepare students for opportunities including: careers in booking agencies, theater production or performance, as well as many related areas such as advertising, television, film, recreation, and academia.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of Theatre
119 Center for Performing Arts
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056
513-529-3053
theatre@MiamiOH.edu