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B.F.A. in Theatre

Design your future.
Own the credits.
Behind the scenes of every theatrical production is a design and stage management team with boundless artistic vision and the skill to bring the most ambitious dreams to life. The Theatre B.F.A. degree program at Penn State offers students the opportunity to learn the latest stage management and theatre design and technology skills from an award-winning faculty that embraces the future of the industry. During your time at Penn State, you’ll exist on the cutting edge of stage management and theatre design and technology with the opportunity to focus on every aspect of production.

Are you ready to design your future? We’re excited to help you succeed.

Theatre B.F.A. students at Penn State have access to state-of-the-art facilities where they will gain hands-on experience in every aspect of stage management and theatre design and technology.

Students can choose either the Stage Management or Design and Technology option in this degree. Within the Design and Technology option, students may specialize in lighting, sound, costume, or scenic design, or in technical direction. Education in each specialized focus area is driven by a world-class faculty that has extensive experience in the industry and a deep understanding of evolving theatre design and technology and stage management.

In addition to a diverse education at Penn State, Theatre B.F.A. students will handle challenging production assignments and design opportunities that are a fundamental component of their experience.

 

Is a B.F.A. in Theatre a good fit for you?

Students working toward a B.F.A. in Theatre will benefit from small class sizes and specialized one-to-one training from our revered faculty.

The program has one of the largest student chapters of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT). Students can attend the Institute’s annual conference, where industry leaders gather to shape the future of the field and where students can network with Penn State Theatre B.F.A. alumni.

The Theatre B.F.A. degree program at Penn State is a highly respected incubator for stage management and theatre design professionals that consistently provides students with a conduit to the workforce. The program will prepare you to enter the professional landscape where you can add your artistic voice to the exciting world of theatre design and stage management.

School of Theatre monster concept design on display.

Considering the B.F.A. in Theatre at Penn State? Consider this.

Program includes options in Stage Management and Design & Technology.

  • Learn from world-class faculty with extensive industry experience.
  • From the start, you’ll get hands-on experience in state-of-the-art facilities.
  • Get involved in Penn State’s active student chapter of USITT.

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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Milagros Ponce de León, associate professor and head of the B.F.A. Design and Technology program, was recently nominated for two Helen Hayes Awards for outstanding set design for her work on Into


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