Theatre Arts

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Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts
Major
School of Arts and Sciences
Four-Year Degree

Overview

When we fear failure, we avoid risk; when we avoid risk, we stunt our creativity. As a theatre student, you’ll be challenged to take creative chances—to push yourself beyond what you thought you were capable of. You’ll work closely with classmates and professors who encourage you to explore and experiment as you find your voice. Together, you’ll discover what you’re passionate about and create worlds that have the power to captivate your audiences.

Who It's For

The theatre arts program is targeted to students who want to become strong actors, directors, designers, technicians, and theatre administrators who create inspiring and challenging work. Our students are passionate, curious, and creative—always hungry to explore the unknown.

Key Benefits

  • Intimate class sizes encourage intensive, in-depth explorations.
  • Our collaborative environment encourages you and your classmates to support and challenge one another.
  • A mixture of classics, contemporaries, musicals, original plays, and devised works give you an opportunity to explore a wide range of thought-provaking topics about socially relevant issues.
  • Experimentation, collaboration, and individual creativity are cornerstones of the program, allowing you to continuously rediscover the dynamic quality of the theatrical process.
  • Connections to major theatre companies in town, including Pinnacle Acting Company, the Classical Greek Theatre Festival, and the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival, give you access to internships and learning opportunities off campus.
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Accreditation Employers Trust

Pursue a degree in one of three different areas of study:
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre Studies
  • Bachelor in Fine Arts (BFA) in Theatre Performance.
  • BFA in Technical Theatre

"The theater is so endlessly fascinating because it's so accidental. It's so much like life."

Arthur Miller
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Two Theatre Students on Stage

About the Program

With classes as small as 11 students, it’s nearly impossible to go unnoticed in Westminster’s theatre program. You’ll work side-by-side with devoted professors who are passionate about helping you succeed, and collaborate with classmates who push you to do your very best. Of course, performing is a huge part of the program and you’ll have the chance to tackle major roles even as a first-year student. You’ll have access to two performance spaces (one proscenium and one black box), as well as spacious scene and costume shops. We are also in the process of expanding the performing-arts spaces on campus, adding more rooms for music and theatre rehearsals, larger shop spaces, and a new dance studio.

What You'll Learn

  • Develop the skills needed to produce creative, expressive, and distinctive work on the page, on-stage, and backstage.
  • Expand your personal, social, and global understanding by engaging in a diverse array of theatre work both on and off campus.
  • Discover the value of authentic inquiry, risk-taking, active listening, spontaneous generosity, and insatiable curiosity.
  • Become a leader capable of facilitating the collaborative environment that is the hallmark of great theatre.

Plan of Study

During your first two years in the theatre program, you’ll explore a wide range of classes including acting, costuming, stagecraft, and dance. As you begin to specialize your craft, you can choose from advanced classes like Musical Theatre, Directing, Stage Lighting, and Dramatic Theory and Criticism, while utilizing your theatre training hands-on in productions on campus and throughout the Salt Lake community.

The theatre program offers three degrees: BA in theatre studies, BFA in theatre performance, and BFA in technical theatre. As a first-year student, you’ll automatically be on track to graduate with a bachelor of arts. If you want to specialize your work, you’ll have the opportunity to audition for the bachelor of fine art programs at the end of your second year.

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies

With options to explore a wider range of study in performance and backstage, this versatile degree allows you to choose an emphasis that suits your personal career goals. This is also a great option if you’d like to double major.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance

The BFA in theatre performance is designed to prepare you for a professional career as an actor. You’ll take rigorous courses focused on styles of acting, voice work, movement, and audition techniques. To complete your degree, you’ll select and prepare a repertoire to market yourself as an actor and audition for future theatre work or graduate programs.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Technical Theatre

Technical theatre BFAs develop competency in many aspects of theatre, while pursuing mastery in fields like costume design, scenic design and painting, lighting design, and stage management. At the end of the program, you’ll design and produce a portfolio that showcases your skills when you’re applying for jobs or graduate programs.

*All theatre majors enter the Theatre Program in the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) track. Those who choose to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree must audition/interview in their sophomore year in order to be accepted into the B.F.A. track.

**Faculty members often arrange additional opportunities in a student's field of study with partner organizations.


Sample Courses

  1. Devised Theatre
    You and your classmates will work as a cohort to create and perform a piece, borrowing from the idea of the Living Newspaper, where the script originates from the entire group (rather than from a specific writer) and pulls inspiration and materials from current events.
  2. Technical Internship
    Integrate your classroom knowledge with practical experience at companies including Salt Lake Acting Company and Pioneer Theatre.

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Career Opportunities

As a theatre student, you’ll graduate with a comprehensive theatre education and in-depth training. Many students have gone on to professional careers in film and television, while others have chosen to continue their education in an MFA or other graduate programs.

Potential Careers

  • BA in theatre studies students may become dramaturges, teachers, start their own theatre company, or pursue graduate studies in theatre, law, business, or medicine.
  • BFA in theatre performance students will be prepared for careers as actors with a robust portfolio of performances and extensive training in voice, speech, and movement.
  • BFA in technical theatre students will have a solid portfolio and network of professional connections with local theatre companies that will help them find success in their field of choice.

Student Success

  • Graduates of the theatre program are accepted into master of fine arts programs around the world.
  • 93% of students who apply to graduate programs are admitted.

Other Theatre Arts Programs

We also offer a minor in theatre, which is a great addition to a degree in arts administration, dance, or any other field you're passionate about.

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Don Juan Performer

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Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

We know you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. We’ll work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, we help you make it happen.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, our students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of our students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

Average Cost After Financial Aid

$13,642 ($6,821 per semester)

Cost Breakdown (2017–2018)

  • Tuition: $33,040
  • Room: $5,364
  • Board: $3,072

Financial Aid

Average Total Financial Aid

$27,834 (merit scholarship, work-study, grants and loan funds)

Scholarships

You’ll be Automatically Considered for Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

In addition to general merit scholarships, we have other scholarship programs to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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