BA in Theatre

Degree Program Description

The study of Theatre focuses upon the produced play, past, present, and future.  The BA in Theatre offers students an appreciation of theatre as a fine art, sharpens the talents of those who seek careers in theatre and provides students with methods of stimulating and using their imagination and intensifying their communication skills. Students must choose from one of three emphasis areas: Design/Technical, Performance, and Writing for Performance.  The curriculum includes:  examining the heritage of theatre through dramatic literature and theatre history, exercises in theatrical skills, artistic training in design and performance, and theory and criticism of theatre. The Rhynsburger Theatre, the Corner Playhouse, and outreach programs serve as laboratories for ongoing examination of theatre in society, responsive to social issues.  Working with faculty and staff of professionally trained actors, directors, and designers, students focus on performance, writing for performance, and theatre design and technology.   MU undergraduate theatre students have taken their work to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, winning awards in acting, playwriting, design, and dramaturgy. After graduation, many of our students find work in film, television, and the professional theatre as actors, directors, designers, stage managers, artists, and technicians, or go on to graduate school to further their theatre education.

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Major Program Requirements

The major in Theatre consists of core courses and an emphasis area. In addition, all students must complete all College of Arts and Sciences and University graduation requirements, including University General Education. All courses used to satisfy requirements for the major must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Major core requirements15
THEATR 1320Beginning Scenic Construction3
or THEATR 1340 Beginning Costume Construction
THEATR 1420Stage Movement for the Actor2
THEATR 2200Introduction to Performance Studies3
or THEATR 2920 Beginning Playwriting
THEATR 2300Production Workshop I1
THEATR 2330Stage Management3
THEATR 2510Introduction to Theatre Design3
THEATR 2710Introduction to Theatre History3
THEATR 2800WPrinciples of Script Analysis - Writing Intensive3
or THEATR 2810 Script Analysis for Theatre Majors
THEATR 3300Production Workshop II1
THEATR 4990Capstone in Theatre1
Select 3 of the 4 courses from:
THEATR 3420Acting I3
THEATR 3430Acting II3
THEATR 3600Theatrical Directing3
THEATR 4220Acting III3
THEATR 2360Stagecraft3
or THEATR 3310 Costume Crafts
Selection 2 Courses from:
THEATR 3550Sound Design3
THEATR 3560Scene Design3
THEATR 4530Stage Lighting Design3
THEATR 4570Theatrical Costume Design3
Writing for Performance
THEATR 2920/2200Beginning Playwriting (Select the course not taken as core requirement)3
THEATR 3200Performance of Literature3
THEATR 3920Intermediate Playwriting3

Emphasis Areas

Theatre students must also complete an emphasis area in Performance, Design/Technical or Writing for Performance.

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Semester Plan

Refer to the semester plan for the Performance, Design/Technical, and/or Writing for Performance. Otherwise contact the academic departments for assistance with academic planning.

Degree Audit


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MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

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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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