Earn your degree in Theatre or Musical Theatre

The Theatre Department at Washburn University offers two Bachelor of Arts degrees and versatile, challenging productions. You can study theatre or musical theatre with us.

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

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

Seventeen (17) 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: Early Theatre History 3 credits
  • TH207: Late Theatre History 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: Analysis and Directing 3 credits
  • An additional 15 hours of theatre electives in constultation with your advisor.

Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre

The musical theatre degree 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 in Musical Theatre consists of forty (40) credit hours in theatre, 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
  • MU 215: Music Theory 3 credits
  • MU 217: Aural Skills 1 credit
  • 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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