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Actors, designers, directors and technicians collaborate to inform and entertain us. As a theatre major, you can design and build stage sets, create costumes, and give television and stage characters personality. You can combine the words and ideas of the playwright, the movement and voices of the actors, and the scenic support of the designers and technicians to educate and entertain as a theatre major at Marquette.

Drama, comedy, music, dance.

As a theatre major, you'll develop your craft starting in your first year through five main-stage productions, as well as dance concerts and studio productions. Performance opportunities range from the classics to experimental theatre, musicals and contemporary pieces. At least one play per season is centered on social justice.

Master the technical aspects of screen and stage.

Choose from a wide selection of courses in acting and directing for stage and camera, as well as theatre history, scenery, lighting, dance and costume design.

Get personal.

The theatre major provides the opportunity to work on our main stage with professional actors, directors and designers. Acting and performance classes average 12 to 14 students; technical design and management classes average 10.

Minutes from the theatre district.

Marquette's location, mere blocks from Milwaukee's theatre district, allows theatre major students to collaborate or intern with professional companies such as the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, the Chamber Theatre, First Stage, Renaissance Theatreworks, Next Act and the Boulevard Ensemble.

Setting the scene.

John Bobek, a 2004 alumnus, has made appearances on shows such as How I Met Your Mother and The West Wing. Nick D'agosto had a recurring role on Heroes and a role in Final Destination 5. Danny Pudi played a main role in the critically acclaimed Community. In four years, who knows what type of scene you'll set as a theatre major.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.


  • Acting I — Fundamental Technique
  • Stagecraft
  • Basic Costume Technology
  • Acting II — Characterization or Theatre
  • Arts Elective
  • Contemporary Presentation
  • Introduction to Communication
  • Media in Society
  • Rhetoric and Composition I
  • Foreign Language or Diverse Cultures


  • Voice and Movement for Stage
  • Play Analysis I
  • Theatre Arts Elective
  • Performing Arts Practicum
  • Aspects of Theatre Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Introduction to Communication Research
  • Diverse Cultures Elective
  • Introduction to Visual Communication
  • Science and Nature Elective
  • Histories of Cultures and Societies Elective


  • Period Styles
  • Career Preparation
  • History of Theatre
  • Scenic Design and Costume Design
  • Performing Arts Practicum
  • Introduction to Theology
  • Philosophy of Human Nature Elective
  • Theory of Ethics
  • Intro to Lit — Drama
  • Major/Minor Elective Courses


  • Theatre Arts Major Courses
  • Contemporary Theatre
  • Performing Arts Practicum
  • Shakespeare or British Drama
  • Theology Elective
  • Mathematical Reason Elective
  • Major/Minor Elective Courses
  • Senior Capstone Experience

Theatre Arts

You might like the Theatre Arts major if you:

✓ Are artistic and creative

✓ Appreciate and have a flair for the performing arts

What can you do with a major in theatre arts?

DanceAbout 20 percent of our theatre major graduates pursue master of fine arts degrees in acting, directing and design. Of those who seek employment, almost all get the job of their choice.

What you can do with a major in theatre arts?

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