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.
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.
Over 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 speaking
- 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:
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 |