BA Theatre

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre is an exciting degree for those seeking a broad-based theatre education. Designed to allow maximum flexibility, the BA offers students the opportunity to tailor their degrees to meet their individual academic and career goals.

Plan of Study

Core Learning Goals

Our core learning goals have been woven into all aspects of this rigorous four-year program from classroom and studio work, to rehearsals and productions in our mainstage season.

  • Technique
  • Analysis
  • Professionalism
  • Collaboration
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The B.A. Opens Doors

The BA is also an excellent choice for those seeking:

  • A second major
  • A minor
  • Graduate programs
  • A well-rounded education that can open doors to many fields in the theatre industry and beyond
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Mainstage Season

Millikin’s mainstage season provides BA students with many opportunities to gain valuable production experience on stage and off. Our BA’s stay active in all areas of production including (but not limited to) dramaturgy, stage managing, house managing, assisting directors and choreographers, designing, performing, and production managing.  A typical season will include:

  • 3 musicals
  • 2 plays
  • 1 dance concert
  • In alternating seasons an opera co-produced with the School of Music or a 3rd play
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Active Participation

Students enrolled in the BA program are active participants in all of our departmental activities, including Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre, (our student theatre company), the New Musicals Initiative, and the aforementioned mainstage season.

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Versatility in the Curriculum

The flexibility of the BA program enables students to customize their education to suit their individual interests. Areas of focus may include:

  • Directing
  • Research and Dramaturgy
  • House Management
  • Marketing
  • Arts Administration
  • Arts Management
  • Arts Entrepreneurship
  • Performance
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The Millikin Difference

The small school environment at Millikin University offers students many advantages including:

  • Individualized attention
  • Studio classes capped at 16
  • Faculty/student mentorships
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations
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Why Choose Millikin?

There are a number of things that help set Milllikin apart from other schools:

  • Small school environment
  • First-rate faculty
  • National reputation
  • Individualized attention
  • Faculty/student mentorships and collaborations
  • Senior professional development experience (showcase)
  • Master classes with working professionals
  • Study abroad in our London Semester
  • Shakespeare Corrected
  • New Musicals Initiative

Theatre, BA Require Courses

  • Theatre Courses (30)
  • TH101. Theatre Practicum (1)
  • TH142. Acting II (3)
  • TH201. Theatre Practicum (1)
  • TH301. Theatre Practicum (1)
  • TH336. History of Theatre and Drama II: Modern and Contemporary Theatre (3)
  • Additional Design and Production courses (6)
  • Dramatic Literature/Theory/Criticism (6 credits)
  • Theatre Electives (6 credits)
  • BA Capstone Experience (3)

Students in the BA program are welcome and encouraged to participate in productions each semester. In addition, students must fulfill the modern language requirement listed for the BA degree in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this Bulletin.