Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

At Marian University, you will be prepared to be a creative leader with curiosity, discipline, and empathy. You will gain valuable hands-on experiences through our classes, department productions, and the opportunity to interact with arts organizations that call Marian University home. From your first day, you will work with theatre professionals who work with many of the top companies in our city, state, and region.

What else can you expect? We identify and produce plays that reflect our Franciscan values and Catholic heritage. We understand and seek to utilize the power of theatre to share our message and make a statement about our world.

Why choose a B.A. in Theatre at Marian?

  • TheatreA theatre major prepares you with valuable skills that employers are looking for. You will gain leadership, communication, organization, teamwork, and problem-solving skills through hands-on learning about the theatre arts. 
  • Acquire broad knowledge and training. You'll collaborate and work with active, professional local theatre professionals, gaining understanding and awareness about how the theatre complements and engages with other academic discipline, like business and education. 
  • Get personal attention and one-on-one mentoring from faculty recognized for their teaching and professional expertise thanks to Marian’s close-knit campus community and small class sizes. Build relationships with professors and peers that last a lifetime. 
  • Complete courses taught by theatre professionals and faculty who work throughout the city, state, and region. 

What will you study?

To earn the 128-credit B.A. in Theatre degree at Marian, you’ll complete general education, elective, required, and core theatre courses. You will take theatre classes encompassing all aspects of the discipline to ensure you are a well-rounded artist. Required courses for the major include:

  • THE110: Introduction to Theatre
  • THE 120: Acting I
  • THE 130: Stagecraft
  • THE 231: Design for Theatre I
  • THE 245: Page to Stage: Dramatic Literature and Performance
  • THE 360: Internship in Theatre
  • 300-Level Dramatic Literature Course
  • THE 490: Senior Seminar in Theatre

Electives can be chosen from a range of courses. Examples include:

  • THE 105: Theatre Production
  • THE 143: Musical Theatre Dance Techniques
  • THE 201: Three Dimensional Design
  • THE 206: Color Theory and Application
  • THE 225: Musical Theatre Performance Workshop
  • THE 235: Oral Interpretation of Literature
  • THE 260: Theatre Arts Practicum
  • THE 268: History of Musical Theatre
  • THE 275: Introduction to Film Production
  • THE 320: Acting II
  • THE 333: Modern Drama
  • THE 334: Modern Women Playwrights
  • THE 335: Shakespeare
  • THE 353: British Renaissance Literature: Tudor and Stuart Drama
  • THE 380: Special Topics in Theatre
  • THE 450: Directing
  • THE 499: Independent Study in Theatre

Sample four-year plan and checklist

Internship opportunities

 The opportunities for internships abound and can be crafted to meet your unique skills and objectives. We have the connections to help you identify the right opportunity for you.

Theatre2Over the previous 5 years Marian theatre students have completed internships with: 

  • The Lilly Theatre at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum
  • Indianapolis Shakespeare Company
  • Richmond Shakespeare Festival
  • Summer Stock Stage

Some other possibilities nearby include: Indiana Repertory Theatre, The Phoenix Theatre, Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Actors’ Theatre of Indiana, The Arts Council of Indianapolis, Sapphire Theatre Company, The Helen Wells Agency, Young Actors Theatre, Summer Stock Stage, Indianapolis Opera, Conner Prairie Living History Museum, Broadway in Indianapolis, Asante Children’s Theatre, Indy Fringe, The Indiana History Center, Christian Youth Theatre, Indianapolis Men’s Chorus, The Red Barn Theatre, and Shawnee Summer Theatre. 

What are your career paths?

Earning a B.A. in theatre will prepare you to be part of the next generation of artists producing theatre, television, film, and new media. It also provides you with skills that can be applied in virtually any career that calls for: 

  • Good communication skills, including writing and public speakingTheatre3
  • Problem-solving skills like resourcefulness, versatility, and flexibility 
  • Collaboration, cooperation, and teamwork 
  • Creativity and critical thinking, especially in ways that may seem unconventional 
  • Initiative, meeting deadlines, filling seats, and selling out performances 
  • A can-do, positive, and “the show must go on” attitude

So in addition to possible careers as an actor, director, producer, designer, technician, or any other artistic role within theatre or film, you can also consider a double major or theatre major with a specific minor to consider these other career options: 

B.A. Theatre 2nd Major or Minor Career Option
Theatre Communication Publicist for actors, entertainers, or arts organizations. Social media or web content manager. Media relations specialist, corporate spokesperson, or press secretary. Script or news writer.
Theatre English Film, TV, or theatre writer. Comedy, script, or speech writer. Author or novelist.
Theatre Finance Film, TV, or theatre producer. Financial manager for an arts organization. Investment or venture capital manager.
Theatre Management Stage manager or show runner. Arts administrator, department head, or program manager.
Theatre Marketing Advertising specialist, marketing director, sales and ticketing manager, and digital or social media manager.
Theatre Secondary education High school drama teacher, acting coach, and film, TV, or theatre director.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), here are employment projections for some of those professions:

Occupation Growth through 2026 Median Salary (2016)
Film and video editor; camera operator 13 percent $58,210
Producer or director 12 percent $71,620
Actor 12 percent $17.49 per hour
Administrative services manager 10 percent $94,020
Writer and author 8 percent $61,820
High school teacher 8 percent $59,170
Sales manager 7 percent $121,060

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