B.S./B.A. in Theatre

Prepare to audition for the future you’ve been dreaming of!

Frostburg State University’s undergraduate Theatre program gets you ready to take the theatrical world by storm! FSU’s Theatre major boasts a broad curriculum that teaches you not just how to successfully act, design or direct, but how to succeed as a professional, with courses on how to market yourself and build a strong resume. The program focuses on the value of experience, offering you tons of opportunities for active learning in class and in the theatre. Come see how far you can go with this balanced program that fosters both artistry and academic excellence to make you the brightest star you can be!

  • Select your specialization in Acting, Design and Technology or Theatrical Studies, all while engaging in a strong collection of core classes. Or consider a minor in Musical Theatre.
  • Attention, Delaware residents! Legal residents of Delaware can attend FSU and pursue a theatre degree at in-state tuition rates through the SREB Academic Common Market.

Theatre Highlights:

  • Build up your resume before you graduate. Theatre students have numerous opportunities every semester to get involved and gain experience throughout the production season.

  • Enjoy a variety of courses that cover the wide world of theatre! FSU offers classes in stagecraft, dance, directing, voice and movement, history, self-marketing and anything else the modern actor, designer, technician or stage manager needs to get started.

  • Explore the professional world during a trip to the South Eastern Theatre Conference, where you’ll find networking opportunities and perhaps even an internship or summer work!

  • Allow your performance and your stagecraft to shine in FSU’s Pealer Performing Arts Center, which features three theatre spaces, a costume shop, scene shop, electrics lab, rehearsal spaces, dressing rooms and classrooms.

About Our Theatre Faculty:

  • Learn in small classes with diverse, energetic professors who get to know you individually so that you get the most from your time in class and on stage.

  • Meet FSU’s professional faculty who each boast impressive collections of work – performing at the local Cumberland Theatre, directing thrilling fight scenes, earning awards for lighting and working in the Screen Actors Guild offices.

Sample Theatre Courses You May Take:

Directing – Basic techniques for directing with practice in interpretation and staging of plays from the modern era.

Fabrication Technologies – Study in theatre fabrication techniques for scenic and properties construction. Training in metal work, welding techniques and properties construction.

Stage Management – Study of the responsibilities of theatrical stage managers. Training in techniques through the pre-production, design, rehearsal, technical process and performance.

Marketing Yourself as an Actor – An introduction to the business of acting and instruction in specific methods and strategies that the actor can implement to advance his/her career.

Find out more about Frostburg State University’s theatre program requirements (PDF).

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. Some job titles specific to theatre include: acting, directing, choreography, design, stage management, dramaturgy, playwright, electrician, carpenter, technical director, charge artist and box office / front-of-house management. 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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