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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.

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.

  • Opportunities for study abroad.
  • 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.

News from A&A

College welcomes new faculty

The College of Arts and Architecture welcomes six new faculty members

The College of Arts and Architecture is pleased to announce six new faculty members for the 2020-2021 academic year. Kathryn Hylton, School of Music; Patricia Phillips, School of Theatre; Tyler


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Arts District facilities to go on 'red alert' Sept. 1

The School of Theatre will light the exterior of the Theatre Building in red on Sept. 1 to draw attention to the COVID-19 pandemic's effects on the live events industry.
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Theatre alumni, professor reunite for short film on a family’s love and loss

Theatre alumnus Nathan Brewer and professor emerita Helen Manfull have reunited for Brewer’s short film, 'No Loss Here,' about a family's journey through a mother's dementia.
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