Theatre and Drama

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All academic programs offered at the UM help students develop valuable transferable skills. In bringing together the talents of writers, performers, designers, and technical experts, the LSA Program in Theatre and Drama offers a comprehensive artistic preparation that can be applied to a variety of fields. Students interested in Actor, Director, or Designer training may audition for the Theatre B.F.A. degrees through the School of Music.

The Theatre and Drama program affords unique possibilities for student involvement in co-curricular productions, through which concentrators develop a wide range of communication, teamwork, and organizational skills.

Related fields include English and World Literature, Art History, Communication Studies, Screen Arts and Cultures, Anthropology, Museum Studies, and Business.


Communication Skills

Public speaking
Voice control / modulation
Awareness / observation of listeners
Communication through movement
Speech writing

Analytical Skills

Problem solving
Critical thinking
Understanding ideas / art within historical / social contexts
Comparing and contrasting ideas / information

Organizational Skills

Collaboratively developing a complex project
Interacting with colleagues in a team
Working within timelines

Technical Skills

Sound techniques
Lighting techniques
Theatrical makeup
Costume design
Orthographic projection


Employers seek out individuals who can demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills, teamwork and interpersonal skills, initiative, and a strong work ethic. Student organizations and campus employment offer additional opportunities to add to the skills you are developing in your classes. Other options include study abroad, off-campus employment or volunteering in the community. Finally, a summer internship may be the best way of all to test out a career field and develop marketable skills.


Theatre concentrators develop both general and technical skills applicable to a wide range of careers. For example, organizational skills may be equally useful whether working as a stage manager, a fundraiser, or an administrator. The acting student’s presentation skills, ability to face a public, and control of voice and body provide a solid base for communicating effectively with others. Many concentrators go on to graduate or professional school. The list below is a sample of careers undertaken by Theatre and Drama graduates.

Communication Skills

College instructor open book icon
K-12 teacher
Reviewer / critic (newspaper, TV, Internet)
Public relations officer
Public relations director, performing arts center
Acquisitions editor, publishing
Theatrical agent
Drama therapist open book icon
Research interviewer

Analytical Skills

Business manager (theatre)
Literary manager (theatre)
Legislative aide
Bank manager
Lawyer open book icon

Organizational Skills

Operations manager
Stage manager
Audience developer, theatre company
Drama specialist, recreation department
Education administrator
Librarian / information specialist open book icon

Technical Skills

Theatre technician
Designer, lighting / costume /scene open book icon

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The LSA B.A. degree curriculum of the Theatre and Drama Department combines the study of three areas: performance, history and dramatic literature, and design and technical production. The department offers numerous co-curricular production activities in addition to classroom experience. The concentration requires a minimum of 40 credits.

In addition, the School of Music offers professional training B.F.A.s in Performance and Design. Both degrees require a minimum of 45 hours outside the core curriculum and may include a variety of humanities and sciences.

Finally, the department offers an 18-credit minor in African-American Theatre.

Department of Theatre and Drama
2230 Walgreen Drama Center
1226 Murfin Avenue

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1255 Angell Hall


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