Theatre and Media Performance students become proficient problem-solvers by learning all aspects of theatre, including acting and directing, design and technical theatre, and theatre management - all while exploring specific vocational goals. Through hands-on experiences, leadership development, and internships, students gain the knowledge and confidence they need to meet creative challenges and succeed in many environments.
Students who graduate with this major can pursue careers in:
Students don’t have to ‘pay their dues.’ Talent, skill, and a strong work ethic are recognized and nurtured. Students are an integral part of the process of making the theatre program work. Collaboration with other departments on campus is encouraged and supported through innovative projects. Students are given leadership opportunities from day one and don’t have to be a theatre major to have a great impact in the theatre program.
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According to Backstage Magazine, theatre and the arts are important because they foster collaboration and provide opportunities for understanding differing perspectives, ideas, and experiences.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects higher than average growth in theatre-related occupations. Theatre professions are in demand due to the expansion of entertainment options, including animation, gaming, audiobooks, and live performance.
When students are interested in writing their own material, the BVU Theatre organizes play readings and developmental workshops to help students fine tune and ready their work for the stage.
BVU grads are in demand. A survey found that 100 percent of theatre majors from the Class of 2017 were either employed or enrolled in graduate or professional school within six months of graduation.
Three productions each year + more
University Theatre: The theatre program presents three mainstage productions each year within a four-year cycle designed to expose students to a wide range of dramatic literature and performing and artistic opportunities. The program participates in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival by entering productions and sending students to the regional festival.
New Visions Series: The New Visions Series focuses on student-directed and student-written productions, either in one-act or full-length forms. Recent New Visions productions include “Iowa,” “Steel Magnolias,” and a double bill of “Doing a Good One for the Red Man” and an original production written and directed by our students.
Student Showcases: Acting and directing students demonstrate their skills and talent each semester through public performance showcases. Students present monologues and scenes from their semester in fundamentals of acting or advanced acting classes, and directors present their one-act plays for fundamentals of directing or advanced directing credit.
Learn on and off the stage.
Anderson Auditorium: This space, where most campus theatre productions are staged, seats 350.
Forum Workshop: The backstage shop at Anderson Auditorium has a 30-foot by 30-foot work area for set and prop construction.
Schaller Memorial Chapel: The largest auditorium on campus, Schaller Memorial Chapel seats 850. In addition to weekly chapel services, the stage is used for visiting theatrical performances, performing artists and speakers.