Wayne State University


Theatre Bachelor of Arts (BA) is a general curriculum for those who wish to hone skills with challenging courses in all aspects of theatre.  It is an excellent choice for artists who want to explore theatre in education, theatre for social change or to develop ensemble skills for creating original plays as a playwright.  A BA is a perfect match for the student who wants to double major or minor in another field.

Admission to this program is contingent upon satisfaction of the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University and a successful audition or interview conducted by the department faculty

To apply to Wayne State University please visit www.apply.wayne.edu.

Multiple audition/interview dates are scheduled each school year prior to starting the program. A completed registration form is required as part of the application process to the University. 

Visit: http://theatreanddance.wayne.edu/theatre/auditions.php for audition information.

You must complete a minimum of 120 credits including the General Education requirements, college degree requirements, and the major requirements cited below. All coursework must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the university and the college governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees.

The BA program requires forty-five credits in theatre courses (specified below), as well as thirty-one credits in University General Education courses and thirty-three credits in electives within or outside theatre. All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the University and the academic procedures of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees, as well as with the requirements of the Maggie Allesee Department of Dance.

The forty-five credits in specified theatre courses must be completed with grades of 'C-' or better; grades of 'D+' or below are not acceptable in any required theatre course for theatre majors. Students receiving the grade of 'D+' in any required courses will be placed on Departmental probation and may be denied continuation in the theatre program.

Core Courses

  • Fundamentals of Theatre
  • Play Analysis
  • Acting I
  • Fundamentals Crafts: Scenery/Costuming
  • Principles of Make-up
  • Fundamentals Crafts: Lighting/Management
  • Theatre History I

and one of the following:

  • Fundamentals of Voice and Movement
  • Introduction to Design for the Theatre
  • Applied Theatre Studies: Community Possibilities
  • Applied Theatre Studies: Theatre in Education

Major Requirements

  • Development of Drama I
  • Development of Drama II
  • Writing Intensive Course in Theatre
  • Capstone

History and Dramatic Literature (elect one):

  • Intro to Black Theatre and Performance
  • Musical Theatre Appreciation
  • Black Dramatic Literature and Performance
  • Pioneers of Modern Theatre
  • Theatre History II

Theatre Practicum

  • Theatre Studio: Performance
  • Theatre Studio: Scenery/Lighting
  • Theatre Studio: Costumes
  • Theatre Studio: Stage Management
  • Theatre Studio: Theatre Management
  • Theatre Studio: Running Crew
  • Theatre Studio: Production

Department Electives (Elect 5-6 credits of THR courses chosen in consultation with academic advisor


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