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BA in Theatre with Emphasis in Performance

Degree Program Description

Students in the BA in Theatre with emphasis in Performance are offered a curriculum that includes a sequence of acting and performance classes, emphasizing scene study in comedy and drama, contemporary and period styles, stage movement, vocal performance, and musical theatre performance. But it’s more than just acting, singing, and dancing – our performance students take introductory and advanced classes in theatre history, script analysis, directing, stage combat, improvisation, American musicals, stage makeup, storytelling, folklore, performance art, performance of literature, and theatre of the oppressed. Students have the opportunity to put into practice what they learn in the classroom by performing in a variety of productions -- from main stage faculty-directed musicals and plays, to student-directed shows, ensembles and workshops. College credit can be earned during the academic year for performing in MU Theatre productions, as well as those of the World Theatre Workshop, the MU Center for Applied Theatre and Drama Research, the Missouri Playwrights Workshop, the Larry Clark Actor’s Workshop, and the Troubling Violence Performance Project, and during the summer as a member of our our professional Summer Repertory Theatre company. MU Theatre alumni are involved in theatre, film, and television in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and across the country. They are actors, singers, dancers, directors, stage managers, musicians, storytellers, and teachers, who share their love of theatre and the performing arts by entertaining and enlightening audiences everywhere.

Major Program Requirements

Performance classes chosen from12
THEATR 3420Acting I3
THEATR 3430Acting II3
THEATR 3600Theatrical Directing3
THEATR 4220Acting III3

Students must complete all College of Arts and Science and University graduation requirements, including University general education

Semester Plan

See also Technical Theatre and Writing for Performance emphasis areas. 

First Year
ENGLSH 10003MATH 11003
Humanities3Am. Government or History3
Second Language I4Second Language II4
THEATR 1320 or 13403THEATR 14203
 Behavioral Science3
 13 16
Second Year
Second Language III4Humanities3
Biological/Physical/Math Science w/ lab4-5Biological/Physical/Math Science+3
THEATR 27103Social Science3
THEATR 2200 or 29203THEATR 23303
 THEATR 2800 or 2800W3
 14-15 15
Third Year
Humanities++3Social Science++3
Behavioral Science33000+level Electives6
THEATR 3420 or 29203THEATR 23001
THEATR 25103THEATR 3430 or 29203
Biological/Physical/Mathematical Science3Elective3
 15 16
Fourth Year
3000+ level Writing Intensive3Humanities++3
THEATR 4220 or 29203THEATR 49901
THEATR 330013000+ level Elective6
3000+ level Electives6Electives5
 16 15
Total Credits: 120-121

Writing Intensive


Math Reasoning Proficiency


Course numbered 2000 or above

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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, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. 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.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to https://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via https://www.transferology.com. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to https://registrar.missouri.edu/degrees-audits/degree-audits/.

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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 are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career 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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