Bachelor of Arts in Communication (BAC)

Theatre: Acting/Directing

In the theatre program, students are exposed to every aspect of theatre: literature, history, theory, acting, directing, design and technical theatre. Students gain practical experience in acting and directing through an array of productions presented annually by the theatre department. These productions represent a wide range of literature in a variety of styles, including both drama and musicals.

Quality classroom experiences

Students receive a solid liberal arts foundation and develop refined analytical and communication skills, in addition to the skills and techniques required for acting and directing. A variety of production opportunities provides practical experience in theatre. Mainstage performances are held in the Donnell Theatre and the Eva Marie Saint Theatre, both located on campus in the Wolfe Center for the Arts. In addition to our Mainstage shows, students have the opportunity to direct and act in our Elsewhere productions.

Internships and careers

The department annually awards a number of competitive scholarships to qualified undergraduate students and has various student employment opportunities, which allow students to develop their craft while receiving financial compensation.

Students may apply for the BGSU exchange program with the University of Wales, the largest undergraduate theatre program in Great Britain and home of the prestigious Performance Research Centre. The London Experience, an intensive immersion in the London theatre scene, offers students another education abroad opportunity.

Career paths

  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Radio and television production
  • Stage management
  • Theatre production

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Students in this program earn a Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree with a specialization in acting/directing. In addition to the liberal arts curriculum, theatre majors complete a series of three seminar courses on professional development and career preparation culminating with a senior portfolio review and audition. A liberal arts program in acting and directing cultivates an array of skills needed in the 21st-century workplace such as problem-solving, creativity, communication, and collaboration.

Required courses

Performance Studies

Sample courses

  • Script Analysis
  • Voice and Movement
  • Character and Range
  • Directing
  • Acting and Directing for Film

BGSU College of Arts and Sciences

The Acting/Directing specialization in the Theatre program is part of the Department of Theatre and Film in the BGSU College of Arts and Sciences.   

Updated: 02/20/2024 09:31AM