BA in Theatre with Emphasis in Writing for Performance

Degree Program Description

Student in the BA in Theatre with emphasis in Writing for Performance are offered a curriculum that includes a sequence of creative writing and literature classes, emphasizing the art and craft of writing as it applies to theatre and performance. MU student playwrights tell their stories through the words and actions of the characters they create.  Students take a series of introductory and advanced classes in playwriting, acting, directing, dramaturgy, theatre history, script analysis, performance studies, world dramatic literature, adaptation of literature for stage and film, and screenwriting for film and television. They study dramatic structure, plot and story structure, complex character development, and special playwriting problems and techniques.  Students participate in our annual Life and Literature Performance Series which is a celebration of original student plays, stories, poetry, and adaptations of literature, devised theatre, ethnography, performance art, music, and dance. Student playwrights have their new plays performed every week at our Missouri Playwrights Workshop, presented as concert readings during our annual Mizzou New Play Series and summer Comedies-in-Concert Series, and fully produced during our Academic Season as MU Theatre mainstage productions. Students are regularly invited to share their ten-minute plays, one-act plays, and full-length plays at local, regional, and national theatre events, including the annual Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Graduates are involved in theatre, film, and television productions in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and across the country. They are playwrights, screenwriters, dramaturgs, editors, storytellers, and teachers, who share their imagery, creativity, and theatrical imagination with audiences everywhere.

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Major Program Requirements

THEATR 2510Introduction to Theatre Design3
THEATR 2920Beginning Playwriting3
THEATR 3200Performance of Literature3
THEATR 3920Intermediate Playwriting3
Two courses chosen from6
THEATR 3600Theatrical Directing3
THEATR 3700World Dramatic Literature3
THEATR 3930Screenwriting for Television and Film3
THEATR 4920Advanced Playwriting: Problems3
THEATR 4220Acting III3
THEATR 4460Musical Theatre Performance3
THEATR 4600Advanced Directing3
THEATR 4930Adaptation of Literature for the Stage3
THEATR 4935Adaptation of Literature for Film3

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Semester Plan

See the Performance emphasis for a sample semester plan.

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Degree Audit


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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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