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.
Upon completion of the Baccalaureate degree, students in theatre are expected to:
- Analyze diverse performance texts from various historical periods and cultural backgrounds in order to make effective aesthetic decisions as a theatre scholar/artist
- Use performance as the site and process for critical, cultural and historical understandings
- Research and communicate ideas and feelings in written, visual and/or oral forms in order to articulate a conceptual and critical approach to theatrical production
- Work collaboratively to solve specific production requirements as actor, director, designer and/or technician
- Present skills and knowledge as a theatre scholar/artist in a professional format.
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:
Bachelors of Arts in Theatre
Bachelors of Arts in Communication
-- Bachelor of Arts in Communication Specializing in Acting/Directing
-- Bachelor of Arts in Communication Specializing in Musical Theatre
-- Bachelor of Arts in Communication Specializing in Performance Studies
-- Bachelor of Arts in Communication Specializing in Theatre Design and Technology
-- Bachelor of Arts in Communication Specializing in Youth Theatre/Puppetry