LIBERAL ARTS

Theatre and Media Performance Major

Liberal Arts Bachelor’s Degree Programs

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 earning a bachelor’s degree in theatre and media performance gain the knowledge and confidence they need to meet creative challenges and succeed in many environments.

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Why should I earn a theatre and media performance degree?

Make a Difference

According to Backstage magazine, theatre and the arts foster collaboration and provide opportunities for understanding differing perspectives, ideas, and experiences.

On the Rise

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects higher-than-average growth in theatre-related occupations due to the expansion of entertainment options.

In Demand

100 percent of theatre majors from BVU’s Class of 2018 were either employed or enrolled in graduate or professional studies within six months of graduation.

What Can I Do With a Theatre and Media Performance Degree

  • Actor
  • Director
  • Stage manager
  • Patron services
  • TV news anchor

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Why study theatre and media performance at BVU?

Top-Notch Facilities

BVU’s theatre and media production program offers multiple environments where you can hone your craft.

Anderson Auditorium: This space seats 350 and is where most campus theatre productions are staged.

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.

Showcase Your Talents

BVU’s theatre and media production program offers numerous opportunities for you to practice and grow your skills.

University Theatre: BVU’s 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. You’ll participate in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival by entering productions and attending the regional festival.

New Visions Series: Showcase your student-directed and student-written productions in BVU’s New Visions Series.

Student Showcases: Demonstrate your acting and directing skills each semester through public performance showcases. Present monologues and scenes from your fundamentals of acting or advanced acting classes. Direct and present your one-act play for fundamentals of directing or advanced directing credit.

Play Readings: When you’re interested in writing your own material, BVU Theatre organizes play readings and developmental workshops to help you fine-tune your work for the stage.

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ANDREW LUPKES, Class of 2009

Andrew became a “jack of all trades” through the BVU theatre program. He learned acting, directing, designing, and so much more. The program not only gave Andrew a unique skillset, but also kindled his passion as a theatre maker. Now he is pursuing his master’s degree in ensemble-based physical theatre at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in California. Through his undergraduate education, Andrew learned to take risks and step outside of his comfort zone, which is helping him succeed in his current program.

Theatre and Media Performance Courses

  • Major in Theatre and Media Performance (33-53 Credit Hours)
  • Minor in Theatre (19.5-27.5 Credit Hours)

Financial Aid & Scholarships

We’ll help you figure out your options for financial assistance and possible scholarships.

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Theatre & Performance Faculty

Our instructors are committed to helping you build the future of Iowa and beyond.

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Transfer Your Credits

Do you have previously earned credits or an associate degree? BVU accepts most—if not all—of your credits so you don’t have to retake courses.

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Earn a Master’s Degree Faster with Our Accelerated Program

With BVU's Plus One program, you can earn your education, special education, or organizational leadership master's within one year of graduating with your bachelor’s degree. 

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