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The BA program in theatre provides students with a rigorous academic and hands-on theatre education within the context of a liberal arts degree. The program offers specialty coursework in the following areas:

  • design and production
  • film
  • new work development
  • performance
  • theatre and performance studies
  • theatre for youth

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Theatre, BA

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Admission requirements

Students interested in the BA in theatre are admitted directly into the major by indicating their degree preference on their ASU admission application.

Students interested in the BA in theatre, BA in theatre with a concentration in acting, or BA in theatre with a concentration in design and production will enter as BA theatre majors. Once students begin to complete classes at ASU in the BA theatre program, they may apply to a concentration in either acting or design and production.

Career outlook

The bachelor's degree program in theatre provides an excellent broad-based foundation for work in the arts or entertainment professions or readies students for further training at graduate schools or conservatories. The program's liberal arts emphasis prepares graduates for a variety of occupations in both theatre and nontheatre fields. Opportunities may include work with:

  • arts entrepreneurship
  • commercial entertainment
  • production companies in theatre, television or film
  • schools

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Actors 11.6%*
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 12%$66,930
Talent Directors 12.2%$71,620
Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers, All Other8.1%*
Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance 12.5%$59,300
Radio and Television Announcers-11.6%$32,450
Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio 12.2%$71,620
Program Directors 12.2%$71,620
Technical Directors/Managers 12.2%$71,620
Producers 12.2%$71,620

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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