Student actors performing and singing during the BU Players Musical Production: Rocky Horror

Theatre Arts

Prepare for a lifetime of creativity. Better yet, you'll be involved from the moment you get here. There are no barriers.

Degrees & Offerings
  • B.A.
Location
  • Bloomsburg
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From main stage productions to student-driven projects, it begins in the first semester. In fact, theatre majors are enrolled in Theatre Practicum every semester, which ensures participation in our theatre and dance season in some capacity. Our program is big enough to create interesting, exciting theatrical experiences and productions, while still offering one-on-one mentoring and instruction in the areas of theatre you most want to learn about. 

Course Delivery Format

  Bloomsburg

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Lock Haven

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Mansfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Clearfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

Courses and Curriculum

Degree Requirements - Design/Technology Degree Requirements - Integrated Degree Requirements - PerformanceDegree Works

Note: Degree requirements effective for enrolled students beginning Fall 2023. All enrolled students, including matriculating students prior to Fall 2023, can review their degree program requirements and track progress to degree completion with our degree audit and advisement tool, Degree Works.

There are five primary student learning outcomes for the major:

  1. History/Criticism/Literature: Graduates of the program will recognize and be able to communicate about trends and characteristics in theatre history, dramatic structure, dramatic styles associated with various periods, and the work of important theatre practitioners and utilize this knowledge in meaningful ways as part of their creation of an artist’s manifesto to guide their ongoing artistic endeavors and vision.
  2. Knowledge of Design Process: Graduates of the program will have a working knowledge of the theatrical design process and the basic skills necessary to develop initial design ideas, research and present the design ideas, and collaboratively integrate them into an initial design concept presentation.
  3. Knowledge of Acting: Graduates of the program will have a working knowledge of the practice of acting and the basic skills for performance.
  4. Rehearsal, Construction, and Performance: Graduates of the program will demonstrate a working knowledge of appropriate rehearsal, construction, and performance practices through application in theatrical disciplines in a collaborative production setting.
  5. Specific Theatrical Discipline: Graduates of the program will demonstrate appropriate skills for future personal and professional success in a specific theatrical discipline or area.

You'll select from one of three areas of concentration:

  • Performance — An in-depth exploration of skills in acting and directing.
  • Design/Technology — A concentration that prepares students as scenic, costume, sound, and lighting designers and technicians.
  • Integrated — A concentration for those interested in exploring both Performance as well as Design and Technology to create an experience tailored to their specific goals.

Studio classes in all concentrations are intentionally small, usually with 16 or less students, so you will receive lots of personal attention and detailed constructive feedback to help you grow as an artist. In addition, you'll be offered specialty courses such as Career Seminars to prepare you for the world of professional theatre, Theatre Forum that provides professional development opportunities, as well as other specialized seminar courses.  Recent topics have included Musical Theatre, Acting for the Camera, Applied Theatre, Dramaturgy, New Play Development, and Voice Over Acting.

Commonwealth University

Theatre Arts

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High Impact Practices

Our majors are working on BU Players productions from the moment they set foot on campus, in capacities that interest and excite them, while building their professional skills.

BU Players

In addition to mainstage BU Players productions, our students routinely propose and lead projects that speak to them. Recent productions have included staged readings of plays written by CU-Bloomsburg students, originally conceived site-specific theatrical experiences, and fully staged smaller scale productions dealing with complex themes that matter to the students.

Accreditation

Institutional Membership in NAST represents a strategic choice. It signifies a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between the work of individual institutions and the work of the entire community of institutions that prepare theatre professionals at the collegiate level. It signifies a willingness to connect with others, both in order to give and to receive. It signifies that individuals with high levels of capability, expertise, and experience in the theatre must take leadership responsibility in accreditation and related areas lest a vacuum be created for non-theatre professionals to fill. It signifies a pledge to continue what NAST has always done: seek optimum learning conditions for theatre students, and develop the strength and quality of theatre in higher education by assisting institutional members and their faculties to do their best work.

NAST Accreditation

Careers

Commonwealth University graduates are working on stage, backstage, in classrooms and leadership positions, and in related fields across the country, including in Chicago, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia & throughout Pennsylvania, San Francisco and Washington, DC. Positions held by alumni include:

Potential Job Opportunities

  • Actor
  • Audio Designer and Technician
  • Box Office Manager
  • Carpenter
  • Choreographer
  • Costume Designer
  • Dance Teacher
  • Deck Crew
  • Director
  • Master Electrician
  • Program Manager for a non-profit arts school
  • Author
  • Scenic Artist
  • Stage Manager
  • Television & Film Stand-in and Background Actor
  • News Video Editor
  • House Manager
  • Lighting Technician
  • Marketing Director
  • Properties Designer
  • Publicity Director
  • High School Teacher of Speech, Theater Arts and English
  • Play Director

Behind the Scenes

Theatre performance at CU-Bloomsburg.

Scholarships

The Michael Collins Theatre Scholarship – CU-Bloomsburg: Up to four scholarships ranging from $100 to $750 may be awarded to students majoring in theatre who display a commitment to theatre as a diverse and multi-disciplinary pursuit, possess a collaborative spirit and leadership qualities, and demonstrate a positive, willing attitude and work ethic. Priority in selection is given to students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 overall and 3.5 in theatre courses.

Student painting props for a theatre set.

BU Players

CU-Bloomsburg's BU Players promote experience in all aspects of theatre and are a proud resident producer of Arts in Bloom of CU-Bloomsburg. Membership and participation in productions are open to all students, regardless of major. Membership in Players is an excellent way to meet people and enjoy various theatre-related activities on campus. BU Players is also the producing arm of the Theatre program.

Students performing enthusiastic theatre production.

Alpha Psi Omega

Alpha Psi Omega is the National Honor Fraternity for the Dramatics, and is the largest national honor society in America. New members are invited to join periodically throughout the year. Applicants must have experience in at least three areas of Theatre. Selection is made utilizing a structured point system to evaluate a candidate’s experience and their demonstrated leadership within the Theatre and Dance Division. Membership represents the most dedicated of the students interested in theatre on campus.

Program Contacts

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Julie Petry

  • Director of Dance, Professor of Theatre and Dance
  • Bloomsburg
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Earl Martz

  • B.A. Scene Shop Coordinator
  • Bloomsburg

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