Theatre & Film


In the Department of Theatre & Film, our majors are actively involved in all aspects of production and performance – a key facet in future success. With numerous high-profile campus and community performance opportunities each year, students are in the spotlight the moment they walk in our door.

Comprised of two distinct disciplines and housed in the renowned Wolfe Center for the Arts, we foster the development of the scholar-artist-citizen, through both practical and inquiry-based learning.

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A Midsummer Nights Dream


We hope everyone is keeping safe and healthy.  While the remainder of our 2019-2020 season is now cancelled, we are busily putting our upcoming season selection into place and it will be announced soon. We look forward to providing outstanding theatre productions and film screenings once we emerge from containment efforts to combat the spread of the virus. Enjoyment of art is especially important in challenging times.  Art can give us hope and challenge us to be our best even amid uncertainty.  We look forward to seeing everyone soon and gathering together again.

News and Stories

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BG Independent News reviews ‘Mr. Burns’: It shows theater as a healing force in the wake of social trauma

"Mr. Burns: a post-electric play" opens with the country experiencing dark time . . . literally.  The country's electrical grid has collapsed, the world is full of rumors, hearsay, fearful silences, and The Simpsons.  This play shows that theater has the power to help people remember, and cling to some sense of hope, even in the darkest days.   Read More

Ph.D. students Babaee and Cullen win BGSU 2019 Shanklin Award

Ph.D. candidate Mohamadreza Babaee and Ph.D. student Dan Cullen received the Charles E. Shanklin Award for Research Excellence.
Mohamadreza was awarded for his paper, “Unpacked Refugee Baggage: Performing Middle Eastern Cultural Memory.” Dan was awarded for his paper, “Intimacy Directors: A Theatrical Bridge Between Feminist Generations.” Their papers were selected from among 70 papers representing arts and humanities. Click here for more info

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Walton wins prestigious Ferrari award

The Michael R. Ferrari award recognizes administrative staff who represent the values he exemplified, such as demonstrating excellence in one’s work while also promoting harmony.  We congratulate Jason on his excellent work in his multiple roles in both the School of Art and Department of Theatre and Film. Read More

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Theatre are expected to 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.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
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 National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and is in good standing.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)
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.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)
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.


  • Acting/Directing
  • Design/Technical Theatre
  • Musical Theatre
  • Youth Theatre