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Theatre

Join award-winning faculty in a collaborative learning environment. From day one, learn-by-doing through your coursework and production opportunities. 

What you'll study

The Theatre program offers three different options for the student’s individual focus: theatre general, theatre design and technology, and theatre performance.

A degree in theatre provides the foundation for a fulfilling, imaginative, and ever evolving future career. By exploring each area of production over the course of your program, you can develop a wide range of skills and a full-scale appreciation of the theatrical art form. 

A theatre degree is not just about learning, it's about doing! Our students are active participants in our shows. Between mainstage and workshop productions, there is not shortage of quality experiences to be gained.

You'll take 120 credit hours for a bachelor of arts degree, including Virginia Tech's Pathways.

10:1 student to teacher ratio

3 degree options

250 annual events

School of Performing Arts, SOPA, theatre, theater, lighting, student

6 theatre scholarships

In addition to working with expert faculty, you join a supportive community of young artists. Collaborate artistically with undergraduate and graduate students alike as you think outside of the box - together!

Beyond the Classroom

Get Involved

Undergraduate students take an active involvement in both our mainstage and workshop productions, whether as a performer or within a wide range of production roles.

 

Balm in Giliad
Photo: Edmee Rodriguez

Hands-On Work

Design classes give students the experience to practice hands-on work in a variety of areas within the realm of technical theatre. Whether you’re interested in costumes, set building, painting, props, or lights, there are plenty of opportunities to pick up new skills.

 

Theatre Details - Costume Design

Study Away 

Learn more about London Calling, our study abroad opportunity with the English Department. You could live and study in London for a month and even intern overseas!

 

Excited students

Expert Faculty 

We have a wide range of esteemed faculty members who are passionate about your education.

In classroom and production settings, you’ll also get to know our talented cohort of graduate students as you learn from them and with them.

 

Theatre classes

Careers and further study

Headshot of Ale Rocha
Ale Rocha, '21

Ale pursued a double major in Theatre Arts and Industrial & Systems Engineering. With her goal of going into the themed entertainment industry, Ale joined the Theme Park Engineering and Design Club and completed an internship at Walt Disney World through the Disney College Program. Her courses in Arts Marketing, Stage Management, and Stage & Lighting Technology will help her in her first professional role with Super 78, a theme entertainment attraction design studio as a Production Assistant.

Headshot of Shannon Clarke
Shannon Clarke, '21

Shannon completed dual degrees in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Audio Engineering and Design and Business Management. She designed 4 mainstage shows and assistant designed 4 others. She developed skills including welding, light hangs, putting together sound designs, and many others. Shannon’s employer values those theatre skills along with her collaboration background for her work in supply chain management.

Our three unique degree options will open the door to a number of exciting career opportunities in the Theatre industry. Examples include:

  • Stage Performer
  • Director
  • Stage Manager
  • Designer (Sets, Costumes, Lights, Sound)
  • Technical Director
  • Props Artisan
  • Arts Manager
  • Playwright

 

Interested in our graduate programs? Check out our Master's degrees and certificate options.