The Theatre Department at Washburn University offers a Bachelor of Arts degree program and versatile, challenging productions. A concentration in musical theatre is available for the bachelor's degree, pending approval, and students majoring in other areas can get a minor in theatre.

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre consists of forty (40) credit hours in theatre and nine (9) hours of correlate courses in English, in addition to the general educational requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Nineteen (19) hours in the major are taken at the upper division level.

Required courses

  • TH100/300: Practicum (4 x 1 credit each) 4 credits
  • TH103: Voice, Diction and Interpretation 3 credits
  • TH202: Acting I 3 credits
  • TH206: History/Lit I 3 credits
  • TH207: History/Lit II 3 credits
  • TH311: Stagecraft 3 credits
  • 1 additional theatre tech course (Choose from TH315: Set/Props; TH316: Lights/Sound; TH317: Costume; TH319 Stage Makeup) 3 credits
  • TH401: Directing and Scene Analysis 3 credits
  • An additional 15 hours of theatre electives in constulation with your advisor.

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with Concentration in Musical Theatre

The musical theatre concentration prepares students for life as a working artists in the theatre and further study in performance. You will develop skills in music, dance and acting. Practical training and creative experiences are coupled with an interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum and a foundation in theatre history and theory. You must audition for admittance to the concentration. The audition will evaluate music, dance and acting skills. You are expected to participate in the theatre showcase each semester, as well as audition and perform as cast. You must pass a jury each year to remain in the concentration. 

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre with a Musical Theatre concentration consists of forty (40) credit hours in theatre, nine (9) credit hours of correlate courses in English, and fourteen (14) correlate credits in music, in addition to the general education requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Nineteen (19) hours in the major are taken at the upper division level.

Required courses

  • TH100/300: Practicum (4 x 1 credit each) 4 credits
  • TH202: Acting I 3 credits
  • TH206: History/Lit I 3 credits
  • TH207: History/Lit II 3 credits
  • TH311: Stagecraft 3 credits
  • 1 additional theatre tech course (Choose from TH315: Set/Props; TH316: Lights/Sound; TH317: Costume; TH319 Stage Makeup) 3 credits
  • TH401: Directing and Scene Analysis 3 credits
  • TH406: American Musical Theatre History 3 credits
  • TH104: Dance I 3 credits
  • TH204: Dance II 3 credits
  • TH304: Dance III 3 credits
  • TH209: Musical Theatre Performance I 3 credits
  • TH309: Musical Theatre Performance II 3 credits
  • TH409: Musical Theatre Performance III 3 credits

Correlate Music Courses:

  • MU109: Piano for beginners 2 credits
  • MU215 Music Theory and Aural Comprehension 4 credits
  • MU275: Private Voice Lessons (4 semesters @ 1 cr/ea) 4 credits
  • Music Ensembles (4@1cr/ea-in consultation with director) 4 credits

Minor in Theatre

A Minor in Theatre Studies consists of a minimum of eighteen hours in theatre approved in advance by a theatre faculty advisor. Courses must be chosen from all three areas: performance, design/technology, and history/literature, and will be filed with the department.

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Washburn University Theatre
Garvey, Room 133
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

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Phone: 785.670.1639
theatre@washburn.edu

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