B.S./B.A. in Theatre

Join a new generation of storytellers.

Theatre is about telling stories. From heartfelt human experiences to epic flights of fancy, you'll take each audience member on a journey to see life from a different perspective.

Join a Theatre and Dance department that includes Tony award-winning, playwriting and Broadway-producing alumni! Whatever your specialization, you'll gain plenty of real-world experience to prepare you for the professional field!

You Have Options

Like all students at FSU, you'll take a broad foundation of general education coursework.

As a Theatre major, you'll also lay a groundwork of fundamental theatre knowledge and choose from 1 of 3 tracks to best fulfill your personal goals.

  • Acting
    • This track is filled with dynamic classes in acting, voice, movement, stage combat and dance. You'll build your technique and storytelling abilities preparing you to take part in productions during the department's annual season.

    Get more information about the Acting Track
  • Design & Technology
    • More interested in backstage than onstage? We've got you covered! The Design and Technology track is designed to hone your skills in costuming, lighting, sound, and scenic design, as well as technical theatre. You will have the chance to take on prominent roles during the production season, providing a foundation to enter the professional field or graduate school.

    Learn more about the Design & Technology Track
  • Theatrical Studies
    • This flexible track allows you to pursue a wide-range of topics so that you can enter careers like directing, stage management, playwriting and teaching. It's also a great foundation if you plan on seeking an advanced degree in arts management, education, law, business or psychology.

    Get the details about the Theatrical Studies Track

Beyond the Classroom

In addition to coursework, you'll have a variety of ways to build your skill set and resume:

  • Build your resume with backstage and onstage experience during University Theatre productions.
  • Join The Savage Mountain Stage Combat Club to achieve national certification through the Society of American Fight Directors.
  • Explore networking opportunities and internships at the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Facilities

FSU’s Pealer Performing Arts Center is a state-of-the art facility featuring three theatre spaces, a costume shop, scene shop and electrics lab, rehearsal spaces, dressing rooms and classrooms.

Pealer Arts Center front of building
drama stage
set design shop

 


Career Outlook for Theatrical Artists

Theatre majors gain key skills in communication, collaboration and commitment, and are appreciated for their outgoing personalities and flexibility within the workplace.

Theatre majors can build careers through traveling companies, regional theatres, TV/film, theme parks, cruise ships, radio, voice overs and road crews. For more information, check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ pages on Actors and Producers and Directors (U.S. Government Occupational Outlook Handbook).


 

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Department of Theatre & Dance