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 was 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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Congrats to THFM student award winners for 2020!

Dennis Sloan: F. Lee Miesle Award
Anna Parchem: F. Lee Miesle Award
Melissa Snyder: F. Lee Miesle Award
Zachary Sayre: F. Lee Miesle Award
Libby Zamiska: F. Lee Miesle Award
Talisa Lemke: Cheney Academic Award
Ahmad Ghanim: Ellison Scholarship 
Michael Miller: Gish Scholarship
Anna Dominguez: Fisher Daniels Prize

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Two THFM Ph.D. students win BGSU Shanklin Awards for 2nd year in a row!

Ph.D. student Steven Dan Cullen and Ph.D. student Cody Page both received the Charles E. Shanklin Award for Research Excellence.  Dan's paper, “Memetic Minstrelsy: What Viral Amateur Dance Reveals about 21st Century Racism”, and Cody's paper, "Re-Claimed and Destabilized: Bryna Turner's Bull in a China Shop as Queer Hist" were selected from 65 papers representing arts and humanities.

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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

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