In the theatre program, students are exposed to every aspect of theatre: literature, history, theory, acting, directing, design and technical theatre. The Department of Theatre and Film hosts numerous campus and community performances each year with students actively involved in all elements of production and performance.
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 their specific area of interest in theatre. A variety of production opportunities provides practical experience in theatre. Productions are presented in the Donnell Theatre and the Eva Marie Saint Theatre, both located on campus in the Wolfe Center for the Arts.
Stand Out in courses like
- Script Analysis
- Theatre History and Literature
- Principles of Acting
- Scene Construction
Theatre majors may earn a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. The Bachelor of Arts degree requires a minor. The Bachelor of Arts in Communication does not require a minor, but students choose a specialization in acting/directing, design/technical theatre, musical theatre or youth theatre. Admission to the musical theatre program is through audition only. 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.
Our alumni have gone on to produce, direct and perform in award-winning productions, such as “Wicked” and “The Book of Mormon.”
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.
Go Far in your career
- Costume Design
- Radio and Television Production
- Set Design and Construction
- Stage Lighting and Sound
Average Starting Salary & BGSU Placement Rate
$29,739* - Theatre graduates average starting salary according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers
96.55% of Theatre graduates report they're employed, in graduate school or starting a business within six months of graduation
(BGSU data compiled from students who completed the related questions on the graduation survey.)
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in theatre will be able 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.
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
The Theatre program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and is in good standing.
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.
Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The theatre program does not lead to professional licensure.
Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.
The theatre program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.
* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.