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B.A. in Theatre

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For centuries, theatre has enhanced the human experience and has helped to define the artistic culture of modern and ancient societies. The Theatre B.A. degree program at Penn State explores the past, present, and future of theatre while providing unique opportunities for students to write, direct, design, produce, or perform. Supported by our award-winning faculty, B.A. Theatre students will immerse themselves in the evolving artform while receiving a diverse education from a world-class university.

The art of theatre has told the stories of generations. Are you ready to add a chapter?

One of the many benefits Theatre B.A. students will enjoy is small class sizes, which allows for each student to receive one-on-one, highly specialized training from industry leaders.

Students can focus on directing, playwriting, or dramaturgy as they work their way through a highly ranked degree program that consistently produces the next generation of theatre professionals. All B.A. students spend a semester studying at the Theatre Academy of London (TAL), a program that balances academic courses with advanced studio work.

The Theatre B.A. program is also the home of dance study at Penn State. This focus allows students the opportunity to explore the history of dance while receiving intensive technique and theory training.

To accompany their specialized theatre training, students will receive a diverse education that offers a unique college experience.


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.

Student performance outside of the Palmer Museum of Art.

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.

  • All B.A. Theatre students spend a semester at the Theatre Academy of London.
  • Perfect degree if you’re interested in all aspects of performance but don’t want to perform.
  • This is an ideal theatre degree if you want a double major.
  • Small class sizes mean individualized attention.

Alumni Spotlight

Penn State provided the specialized training required to succeed in my field in the “real world,” as well as a strong network of alumni to guide me once I got there.
Penn State alumna and events professional Carolyn Quinn wearing headset.

Alumni Spotlight

Carolyn Quinn

B.F.A. in Theatre 2016

Carolyn Quinn is an events professional based in New York City. She is currently a production coordinator at Sequence Events, a Global Top 50 Events Agency. Prior to Sequence, Carolyn spent time at Baseline Theatrical and in the general management office of Hamilton: An American Musical, as well as freelancing for high-profile corporate and non-profit events, new
theatrical works, and television and film, including working on the production team for the 71st Annual Tony Awards.

An overhead shot of the 2018 Global Forum hosted in the Oculus World Trade Center. Carolyn Quinn production managed the event with Sequence for the Wharton School of Business.

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