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Undergraduate Program

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, the Theatre program at Bowling Green State University is a liberal arts program committed to instilling in students the values of studying live theatre in the classroom and on the stage. With a focus both on academic rigor and artistic excellence, the Theatre Major offers classes and opportunities which will help to develop an appreciation for the necessary relationship between artistry and understanding.

There are two degree programs offered to the undergraduate theatre major: a Bachelor of Arts (in Theatre), and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (in Theatre). Each program is academically flexible, allowing students to tailor a course of study to fit individual interests and goals. Each is academically and artistically challenging, with the goal of stretching students to grow creatively both in their intellect and in their art.

Classes are offered in all areas of theatre, including acting, directing, performance studies, theatre history, dramatic literature, design, technical theatre, creative drama, theatre for young audiences, and musical theatre.
An extensive and varied production program complements classroom work. A typical theatre season consists of seven or eight productions: typically half are presented in the 400-seat Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre, with the other half presented in the 200-seat Eva Marie Saint Theatre. These shows are chosen to represent a broad range in dramatic genre and style, and efforts are made to achieve a balanced season of classics, musicals, and newer works.
In addition to other BGSU scholarships and financial aid, the department annually awards a number of competitive scholarships to qualified undergraduate actors, technicians and forensics participants, whether they are theatre majors or not. The Eva Marie Saint Scholarship, an endowed award for a talented entering freshman theatre major, was established in 1985. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of auditions/interviews, applications and recommendations. Qualified students may be employed in the scene or costume shops or in the theatre box office.

In addition to the course requirements below, all undergraduate degrees offered at BGSU include General Education course requirements, and Writing Proficiency course requirements. Please follow these links for more information:

General Education Requirements
Writing Proficiency Requirements

This degree is well-suited to students with a wide variety of interests in theatre. In addition to required and elective courses in theatre, it includes 62 hours of coursework outside of the department to fulfill the General Education requirements. This degree allows students to take 12 hours of upper-level electives in theatre. Students interested in specific areas of study (such as acting, design, or theatre history) have the flexibility in this degree program to incorporate more specialized upper-level theatre courses directly into their degree requirements through these elective courses. Students are required to take a minor in a different area of study at BGSU.

Additionally, this degree allows the direct inclusion of internships with outside theatre companies.

The BAC in Theatre with a Specialization in Acting/Directing degree allows students to refine their abilities through advanced study.  The program enables students to develop independent and creative vision and fosters their ability to collaborate with others and communicate that vision in classes and productions through the practical skills of acting and directing.

The Bachelor of Arts in Communications degree with a Musical Theatre Specialization (BAC/MTS) is unique among musical theatre programs in the state of Ohio.

This degree program is a hybrid of a broad base of liberal arts education accompanied by training in vocal performance, dance, and some acting specifically oriented to the musical theatre industry. This allows the student to pursue other interests, and indeed, many alumni of BGSU’s MTS program have graduated with multiple degrees and specializations.


Out of 122 accumulated credit hours, this degree requires 70 hours of coursework outside of the department, as well as a core theatre curriculum. As the MTS degree program is seated in the Department of Theatre and Film, each BAC major must fulfill a series of support field requirements, which are met by prescribed coursework in music literacy and vocal performance, as well as dance.


There is a wide variety of performing opportunities within the Department of Theatre and Film, and we encourage our MTS students to audition for straight plays as well as musicals and these students have frequently been cast as the leads in straight plays – both modern and classical.  In addition, we have very active theater, film and musical theatre organizations, which are open to all interested students regardless of their major. This reflects the inclusive philosophy of the department. We work hard to create a supportive atmosphere where the students encourage the growth of their peers even as they challenge themselves to excel.


Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, the Theatre program at Bowling Green State University Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.


Admission to this degree is by audition only. You can click on the links to access the audition requirements and the online audition reservation form.

Performance Studies is an interdisciplinary field that explores performance across a spectrum of experiences - from those that occur on a stage to the performances of identity, culture, and everyday life.  This degree is designed for students who wish to engage an intensive course of study that will provide them with a strong foundation in a specialized area of theatre.  Students will be nurtured both in their analytical, critical, and practical skills which will well suit them for opportunities in academic and professional context beyond the degree.

The BAC in Theatre with a Specialization in Design/Technical Theatre degree is designed for a student who within a liberal arts scope seeks more knowledge in areas of design and technical theatre.  This specialization encompasses all areas of the technology – costuming, lighting, sound, stage management, scenic and props through classroom study and hands on application.

This degree is well-suited for theatre students who already have a more defined career focus. The course of study is intensive and provides a strong foundation in a specialized area of theatre.

This degree includes 70 hours of coursework outside of the department, as well as a core theatre curriculum and a specialized course of study. Instead of a minor, each BAC major must fulfill a support field requirement. This support field requirement can be met by courses chosen by the student and approved by that student's theatre department advisor.

The minor in Arts Management emphasizes entrepreneurial skills focusing on innovation, risk taking, and communication. Students are encouraged to channel their creative energies toward the development of successful business ventures. Courses are taught with a focus on experiential learning using real-world examples and national industry resources from both for-profit and not-for-profit models suitable for all art forms. Skills developed in this minor will equip students to work for established organizations, start their own businesses, or manage themselves as independent artists.

The minor is available to students enrolled in any major across campus. Housed in the Department of Theatre and Film, the minor was developed with support from the College of Business Administration's Entrepreneurial Program and integrates core business classes from its curriculum.

The Theatre Minor requires a total of 23 credit hours (11 core hours and 12 hours of electives).

The Film Major gives students a foundation in film history, aesthetics, production, and methods of analysis that illuminate global and cultural perspectives. Students who select the specialization in film production gain experience in all aspects of production and are prepared to begin careers as writers, producers, and directors. BGSU graduates have been accepted into prestigious MFA film programs and highly competitive professional programs such as those sponsored by the Director's Guild of America. Students who choose the specialization in film studies develop expertise in electronic publishing and in analyzing the film industry and individual films. They are prepared to begin careers in journalism, festival organization, film acquisition and distribution, and, with professional training, entertainment law. Film studies students have been accepted into graduate film studies programs and have launched successful electronic publications on film, media, and culture.

A strength of the Film program is its faculty, who bring years of research and experience to their teaching. The program also benefits from BGSU's long-standing leadership in the areas of performance studies, popular culture, and international cinemas. Its commitment to excellence is demonstrated by its significant collection of research materials in the Jerome Library and by its well-established, individually-curated International Film Series held each semester in the beautiful Gish Theater.

The Gish Film Theater and Gallery, named to commemorate the achievements of Ohio natives Dorothy and Lillian Gish in the history of American film, was dedicated at Bowling Green State University on June 11, 1976. The naming of the theatre coincided with the establishment of the film program. The Gish scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding student in film.

Students can participate in numerous film-related opportunities. Approximately five public film showings occur on campus weekly and students serve on the committees that select these films. Students also contribute film articles and reviews to the campus daily newspaper or assist in the preparation of The Projector.

Both lower and upper division courses in Film are designed to develop skills in critical thinking and media literacy, to increase understanding of cultural histories, and to sharpen awareness of the complex interactions between film practice and its socio-economic contexts. As a consequence, the Film Major serves as a valuable program for students interested in graduate work in film or cultural studies as well as for students who want to work "above the line" in film and media production as writers, producers, and directors.

Film Major, Bachelor of Arts (39 hours), plus a required minor.

Film Majors meet with advisors in the Department of Theatre and Film to:

  • select electives in the core requirements and their emphasis area
  • choose a minor in another field that best contributes to their program of study
  • determine protocols for internship (1 hour)
  • develop the skills, network, and portfolio to be a successful scholarship candidate.

Film majors are required to have a minor (20 hours). Students meet with advisors in the Department of Theatre and Film to select a minor. Minors useful for film majors include: Africana Studies, American Culture Studies, Art (B.A. program), Art History, Arts Management, Canadian Studies, Communication, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Electronic and Computer Technology, English, Entrepreneurship, Ethnic Studies, General Studies in Business, History, International Business, Journalism, Latino/Latina Studies, Marketing, Music, Political Science, Popular Culture, Recording Technology,, Telecommunications, Theatre, Women's Studies, or any  minor in foreign language.

Film Major, Bachelor of Arts (39 hours), plus a required minor

The electives that are available to a Film major should be able to provide a good foundation in film history, aesthetics, production, and methods of analysis that illuminate global and cultural perspectives. 

Film Majors meet with advisors in the Department of Theatre and Film to:

  • select electives in the core requirements and their emphasis area
  • choose a minor in another field that best contributes to their program of study
  • determine protocols for internship (1 hour)
  • develop the skills, network, and portfolio to be a successful scholarship candidate.

Film majors are required to have a minor  (20 hours). Students meet with advisors in the Department of Theatre and Film to select a minor. Minors useful for film majors include: Africana Studies, American Culture Studies, Art (B.A. program), Art History, Arts Management, Canadian Studies, Communication, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Electronic and Computer Technology, English, Entrepreneurship, Ethnic Studies, General Studies in Business, History, International Business, Journalism, Latino/Latina Studies, Marketing, Music, Political Science, Popular Culture, Recording Technologies, Telecommunications, Theatre, Women's Studies, or any minor in foreign language.

The Film Minor requires a total of 21 credit hours (6 core hours and 15 hours of electives).

The Film Minor will also choose 15 hours in any of the Film Studies or Film Production courses listed below.  Film I, Film II and Film III are not open to Film minors.  Electives in film studies and production are offered by programs across campus, including: American Culture Studies, Canadian Studies, English, Ethnic Studies, GREAL, Music, Popular Culture, Romance Languages, Telecommunications, Theatre and Film,  and Women's Studies. NOTE: Students must have at least 21 hours ( 6 core hrs. and 15 hours of electives)  in the film minor. If a student takes a 2 hour course among the electives, a second two hour course must be taken to complete the minor.

For a complete list of Film course requirements and descriptions click here