Why major in Theatre at Washburn?

At Washburn we see theatre as a transformative force in the world. While we want to entertain with theatre, we also believe that we inspire the ability to create and shape the world outside the theatre by creating worlds on the stage.  Students who major in theatre acquire skills that prepare them for life well beyond the stage.

Whether you aspire to a career in theatre, or you want theatre to be an important part of your life while you work in another industry, our program will align with your goals. Each Washburn Theatre graduate gains experience as a performer, director, and in a variety of technical roles, so you’ll build a strong portfolio and have opportunities you find your niche and grow in your craft.

Career Forecast Bright OutlookAverage Salary $77,700on campus
Theater students perform on stage during a production.

What sets Washburn Theatre apart?

  • You’ll learn from faculty members with extensive industry experience, not from graduate students.
  • Student written and directed work has a place on our stage. You’ll have opportunities to bring your vision to life through performing, writing, directing, design and more.
  • You’ll graduate and begin your job search with a professional portfolio, workshop and master class opportunities and critiques, and at least one internship experience.
  • Study abroad is embraced by the department, with scholarship support. Students are preparing now to perform an original work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Summer 2025.
  • You’ll be eligible for academic scholarships and production leadership opportunities through the department.
  • The Theatre lounge includes a fridge, microwave and couches for rest. We know that the theatre lifestyle can be grueling, and we’re here to support you.

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre consists of forty (40) credit hours in theatre in addition to the general educational requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Seventeen (17) hours in the major are taken at the upper division level.

Required courses:

  • TH100/300: Practicum (4 x 1 credit each) 4 credits
  • TH103: Voice, Diction and Interpretation 3 credits
  • TH202: Acting I 3 credits
  • TH206: Early Theatre History 3 credits
  • TH207: Late Theatre History 3 credits
  • TH311: Stagecraft 3 credits
  • 1 additional theatre tech course (Choose from TH315: Set/Props; TH316: Lights/Sound; TH317: Costume; TH319 Stage Makeup) 3 credits
  • TH401: Analysis and Directing 3 credits
  • An additional 15 hours of theatre electives in consultation with your advisor.

Minor in Theatre

A Minor in Theatre Studies consists of a minimum of eighteen hours in theatre approved in advance by a theatre faculty advisor. Courses must be chosen from all three areas: performance, design/technology, and history/literature, and will be filed with the department.

Set for Success

CAREER FORECAST: bright outlook

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GET IN TOUCH WITH Washburn Theatre

Washburn University Theatre
Garvey, Room 133
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

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