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Theatre BA

The Theatre program offers BA and BFA programs in which undergraduates study a broad range of theatrical disciplines covering the artistic, literary, historical, and technical aspects of theatre and performance, while concentrating on a specific area of production or scholarship.

The BA in Theatre encourages students to design their own focus within a liberal arts degree program. All BA Theatre students take core courses in the fundamentals of theatre, including acting, theatre history, and design. Beyond these requirements, students choose from among a wide variety of courses in their specific areas of interest, including acting, directing, dramaturgy, playwriting, or theatre studies. BA students enhance their background in theatre by taking courses in Media Study, Visual Studies, and English, among others.

Theatre students are encouraged to participate in the department’s season, including production work as designers, dramaturges, and actors. They can create their own productions with generous financial support, and earn credit outside the department through internships and in roles in Buffalo’s professional theatres. Many Theatre students design individual projects and courses of study to complement the department’s offerings.

Because of the range of opportunities at UB, Theatre students are some of the most accomplished students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Many are enrolled in the University’s Honors College. The program can serve as the groundwork for further study in theatre or as the liberal arts foundation for a variety of satisfying careers and graduate study. Our graduates have gone on to study at Yale, Rutgers, Southern Methodist University, among others. We’re pleased that many of our Theatre graduates go on to successful careers in professional theatre, film, and television. We are equally impressed by the many others who apply the skills and knowledge from their theatre studies to enter law school, MBA programs, arts administration, education, and many other professional fields. A Theatre major is an excellent way for students to develop the critical skills of writing, technology, presentation, and critical thinking vital to professional success in the 21st century.

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