Theatre -Theatre Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies (B.A.)

Our Theatre Studies track provides students with the opportunity to explore performance, design/tech and management areas of theatre. Students can take courses in acting, directing, design, stage management or arts management.

Many students interview with and are hired by professional theatre companies in the summer. Our Theatre majors have worked as technicians or performers for the following theatre companies:

  • Trumpet in the Land Outdoor Drama
  • Ohio Light Opera
  • Cedar Point
  • American Folklore Theatre
  • The Barn Theatre
  • Summer Stock at Findlay
  • Tecumseh Outdoor Drama
  • Porthouse Theatre
  • Theatre West Virginia
  • Lees-McRae Summer Theatre

Audition and interview skills and design portfolios are assessed each year to meet the department student-learning outcome that students will be prepared to interview for professional theatre. Theatre Studies Track students can opt to present their resume and portfolios or resume and audition materials each spring as part of the department’s Assessment Auditions and Interviews.

Graduates of the Theatre Studies Track are prepared for careers as professional technicians (carpenters, master electricians, stitchers), professional actors or for further study in graduate school. Recent graduates have been accepted by M.A. or MFA programs at the following universities:

  • University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • The Ohio State University
  • Michigan State University
  • Wayne State University
  • University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • Kent State Univerisity
  • Miami University
  • Penn State University
  • New York University Tisch School of the Arts
  • Indiana University

All Theatre majors take courses in acting, design, directing, dramatic literature, history and theatre technology. These courses provide students with the fundamental skills and tools necessary to be a well-rounded theatre artist. 

Students in the Theatre Studies track have nine hours of theatre electives, typically three courses, and can focus on a particular area like performance or design/tech.

Theatre Studies Track:

TH 100 Theatre Practicum (8 sem.) TH 242 Intro to Tech Theatre II
TH 150 Theatre Production Lab (6 sem.) TH 308 Voice & Mvmnt for Perf.
TH 204 Script Analysis TH 404 Modern Dramatic Styles
TH 207 Visual Art of Theatre TH 411 Directing
TH 211 Basic Acting Technique TH 418 History of Theatre I
TH 212 Building Acting Technique TH 419 History of Theatre II
TH 241 Intro to Tech Theatre I TH 499 Senior Project

Theatre Electives (9 hrs.):

TH 109 Dance I: Intro to Dance TH 313 Acting Styles
TH 209 Dance II: Ballet/Modern TH 321 Arts Management
TH 210 Dance III: Tap TH 326 Stage Management
TH 309 Dance IV: Jazz TH 341 Production Design I
TH 303 Amer. Musical Theatre TH 342 Production Design II
TH 305 Topics in Performance TH 405 Musical Theatre Perf.
TH 306 Topics in Design/Tech

About the Department

Welcome to the Department of Theatre at Ashland University. Our Bachelor of Arts degree offers you the opportunity to master the skills necessary for a career in the theatre, whether your... Read More