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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.

Major Program Requirements

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

THEATR 2200Introduction to Performance Studies3
THEATR 2920Beginning Playwriting3
THEATR 3200Performance of Literature3
THEATR 3920Intermediate Playwriting3

Semester Plan

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 22003THEATR 2800 or 2800W3
 THEATR 23303
 14-15 15
Third Year
Humanities++3Social Science++3
Behavioral Science33000+ Level Electives6
THEATR 29203THEATR 23001
THEATR 25103THEATR 32003
Biological/Physical/Mathematical Science3Elective3
 15 16
Fourth Year
3000+ level Writing Intensive3Humanities++3
THEATR 39203THEATR 49901
THEATR 330013000+ level Electives9
3000+ level Electives6Electives2
 16 15
Total Credits: 120-121

Writing Intensive


Math Reasoning Proficiency


Course numbered 2000 or above

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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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