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B.A. in Theatre

A Liberal Arts Degree
In Theory and Practice

The B.A. in Theatre asks students to consider the theatrical past; to reflect on their own reasons for doing theatre now; and to imagine what theatre can be in the future.

Curriculum
Students take a broad range of courses in theatre theory and practice, beginning with Theatre History, Performance Theory, and Play Analysis. Students gain experience in the Penn State Centre Stage and OffStage seasons as assistant directors, as dramaturgs, and on production crews. Many direct, design, and perform through Penn State’s numerous student theatre groups. Some of our program’s most exciting work results from residencies with internationally renowned guest artists.

Opportunities
The BA offers breadth of experience and depth of inquiry:

Our students may pair Theatre with a second major; our current BAs double major in a range of degrees like Comparative Literature, Public Relations, Hospitality Services, and Business.

The Theatre B.A. is Penn State’s home for the study of Dance. An Area of Focus in Dance provides opportunities to take technique, history, and theory courses.

Students can also focus on Directing, Playwriting, or Dramaturgy. The BA is a strong choice for students who want to prepare for an MFA degree in one of these areas.

The Theatre B.A. prepares students who wish to pursue an MA/PhD program in Theatre History or Performance Studies.

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Is the B.A. in Theatre right for you?

The Theatre B.A. degree program consistently produces well-rounded graduates ready to take the next step. Often that step is to pursue a master’s degree in theatre studies, with some choosing to work toward a Ph.D.

But regardless of your career path, Penn State provides Theatre B.A. students with an impactful education supported by numerous student theatre groups.

The theatre production experience you’ll receive at Penn State will enrich your education and, paired with the resources offered by a world-class university, you will be fully equipped to take charge of your future.

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Considering the B.A. in Theatre? Consider this.

You’ll get a broad liberal education that prepares you for a range of careers in theatre and beyond.

  • Opportunities for study abroad.

  • This is an ideal theatre degree if you want a double major.

  • Small class sizes mean individualized attention.

Alumni Spotlight

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Alumni Spotlight

Emily Akers

B.A. in Theatre 2019

My training at Penn State has helped me get to where I am today. I am back in my hometown of Brooklyn, NY working for a community Ed tech startup working as a community coordinator and digital content strategist. I would not have gotten here if it weren’t for the amazing mentors and faculty I had within the School of Theatre. Whether you plan on pursuing a career on stage or off, the professors you will work with are happy to help you find ways to flourish.

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