Academics

Theatre (BA, BFA)

The primary goal of the Department of Theatre and Dance is to develop skilled and creative student artists for careers in theatre, dance, and related arts.

The Department of Theatre and Dance is a community of professional artists, scholars, and educators who value and practice the most collaborative art forms—art forms that explore the human condition, stimulate and engage our audience, and connect to a global, diverse community. Our standard of excellence demands the celebration of individuality within the collaborative process, empowering the student to begin a lifelong career of artistic risk-taking and self-discovery. These commitments are reflected in the curriculum and the multitude of opportunities we provide for students to develop skills and apply their craft in the crucible of production.

Students looking for an excellent, challenging program with a rich history of success are attracted to our program for its great preparation at an affordable price.

Possible Careers

Theatre students make OUTSTANDING employees for their wide range of abilities, such as creative problem solving, time management, performance and public speaking, professionalism, attention detail, motivation, commitment, collaboration and teamwork, self-confidence, to name a few! They are well prepared to enter careers in:

  • Professional Acting and Directing
  • Theatre Management/Arts Management
  • Stage Management
  • Designing
    • Costumes
    • Lighting
    • Scenery
    • Sound
    • Projections
  • Teaching
    • Acting
    • Directing
    • Design
  • Public Relations
  • Graphic Design
  • Communication
  • Foundation/Development

As well as advanced graduate study!

Why Choose Acting Theatre at WIU?

Students can choose the Bachelor of Arts Theatre major with options in Acting, Directing, or Production/Design and pair it with a complimentary minor. Students can also choose Musical Theatre, leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. No minor is required with the BFA as it is a comprehensive major.

Our standard of excellence at demands the celebration of individuality within the collaborative process, empowering the student to begin a lifelong career of risk-taking and self-discovery.

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At A Glance

  • Degree Available: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Minor Available? Yes
  • Graduate Degree Available? Yes
  • Campus: Macomb
  • Study Opportunities: GradTrac, Honors

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