Undergraduate Theatre Programs

Explore significant traditions and historical developments of the theatre and important movements in dramatic literature that make theatre a vital expression of the human experience.


What You’ll Learn

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre provides students with a wide variety of talents to be applied in a career directly or indirectly related to the arts.

You will build skills in creative expression, critical thinking, and communication; demonstrate fundamental skills in stagecraft and theatre performance; and create theatre experiences for live audiences, demonstrating a synthesis of theory and practice.

*Theatre majors are required to successfully complete THEA 203 six times (i.e., appropriately contribute to six theater productions).

Available Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

In addition to the Gardner-Webb University general education program requirements, 48 hours of credit is required for the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre degree. The student will be required to complete 36 hours within the major and must then elect 12 additional hours from Theatre offerings. These elected courses may be chosen from the offering of theater courses listed in the GWU catalog or may make arrangement for specialized/advance study with an instructor.

For a more in-depth look at program requirements, visit our Academic Catalog.

Minor in Theatre

Non-Theatre majors can choose Theatre as a minor area of concentration. A minor in Theatre can be earned upon completion of 18 hours (or 15 hours for Communication majors).

For a more in-depth look at minor requirements, visit our Academic Catalog.


What You’ll Do

Whether you choose to pursue something directly related to theatre or not, a background in theatre can equip you with marketable skillsets for a wide variety of careers.

Within the field of theatre, your degree can lead to the following careers:

  • Professional actor/actress
  • Director
  • Scenic, Lighting, Costume Designer
  • Arts management
  • Stage manager
  • Playwright

The Department of Theatre Arts gives students a wide selection of performance, technical and design, directing and playwriting opportunities during each academic year’s schedule of on-campus stage productions, as well as outstanding classroom study of all of the dimensions of theatre. The learn more, and view the current season schedule, click here.

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