Don’t just watch a performance. Make it happen!

Our BA in theatre liberal arts degree that takes a broad-based approach to theatre education. The degree provides training and knowledge across disciplines and is an excellent background to enter graduate school or pursue work in various capacities of theatre or related areas. 

What You’ll Do 

The Southeast River Campus, home to the Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre & Dance provides many opportunities for the aspiring artist. Come see why we are ranked the #1 undergraduate theatre program in the state of Missouri and ranked in the top 30 programs in the nation!  

  • Training. Study with experienced faculty and staff in all areas of theatre.
  • Production. Backstage and onstage opportunities in four mainstage theatre productions, one mainstage dance concert, two second stage theatre productions, and one second stage dance concert, as well as a host of one-acts, readings, cabarets, improv shows, and so on.
  • Collaborate on New Plays and Musicals. Every production season includes at least one world premiere, including collaborations with Tony, Oscar, and Emmy-winners.
  • Career / Post-Graduate Preparation. Prepare for post-graduate study or rewarding careers in theatre or related industries.
  • Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival. Participate in the annual new play festival with guest artists and playwrights from across the country.
  • Fault Line Film Festival. Participate in one of dozens of student films produced as part of the annual nationwide festival.
  • Housing. Live and train on the beautiful River Campus on the banks of the Mississippi.
  • Student Organizations. Join Alpha Psi Omega Honorary Theatre Fraternity, as well as any of our student production companies and improv troupes.

 Theatre Program

  • Facilities

    Students in the Theatre program have access to many different types of facilities for a special learning experience. We have multiple performance theatres that provide a unique performance experience for our students and community!

  • Auditions

    At Southeast, we continue to work to better ourselves and our program. To do that, we need performers like you! Find out about our audition requirements and the application process.
  • Experiential Learning

    Our students get hands on learning the moment they start classes! From live shows, master classes, summer festivals, and more, Theatre students have many opportunities to grow in their craft. Learn more about what the B.A in Theatre program offers (9.1.4.6) 

  • Onstage Blog

    OnStage Blog recently moved Southeast Missouri State to the “Best College Theatre Program in Every State” list! Read the article to learn why our program is special and could be the right fit for you! 

What You’ll Study

Students in the B.A. Theatre program explores any and all aspects in the performing arts. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours. A minor is required.

Required Courses - 48 Hours - No Minor Required:

  • TH105 Rehearsal & Production I (2)
  • TH111 Introduction to Theatre Design & Technology (3)
  • TH181 Script Analysis (3)
  • TH218 Acting I (3)
  • TH265 Drawing for Theatre I (3) 
  • TH275 Stage Management (3)
  • TH305 Rehearsal & Production II (6)
  • TH385 Directing I (3)
  • TH490 Theatre History I (3)
  • TH495 Theatre History II (3)

Electives – 6 hours (at least 3 hours must be 300/400 level):

  • TH122 Class Voice for Musical Theatre I (3)
  • TH123 Class Voice/Mus Theatre II (3)
  • TH219 Auditioning I (1)
  • TH223 Movement for the Actor I (3)
  • TH228 Acting II (3)
  • TH317 Voice for the Actor I (3)
  • TH318 Musical Theatre Performance I (3)
  • TH319 Acting for Film and Television (3)
  • TH321 Stage Combat I (3)
  • TH322 Class Voice/Mus Theatre III (2)
  • TH323 Movement for the Actor II (3)
  • TH327 Auditioning II (2)
  • TH328 Acting III (3)
  • TH329 Acting IV (3)
  • TH387 Playwriting (3)
  • TH416 Acting Styles (3)
  • TH417 Voice for the Actor II (3)
  • TH418 Musical Theatre Performance II (3)
  • TH419 Acting for Film & Television II (3)
  • TH429 Accents/Dialects for the Actor (3)
  • TH431 Stage Combat II (3)
  • TH432 Stage Combat III (3)
  • TH485 Directing II (3)
  • TH487 Playwright-Director Collaboration (3)

Electives – choose 6 hours (at least 3 hours must be 300/400 level):

  • TH155 Makeup (3)
  • TH231 Stagecraft I (3)
  • TH251 Costume Construction (3)
  • TH267 Drawing for the Theatre II (3)
  • TH286 Audio Production (3)
  • TH287 Production Engineering (3)
  • TH291 Properties Construction (3)
  • TH350 Stage Lighting I (3)
  • TH351 Costume Design I (3)
  • TH353 Costume Craft (3)
  • TH356 Wig & Make-up Design (3)
  • TH361 Scenic Painting (3)
  • TH371 Scenic Design I (3)
  • TH386 Sound Design I (3)
  • TH395 Period & Style (3)
  • TH450 Stage Lighting II (3)
  • TH451 Costume Design II (3)
  • TH471 Scenic Design II (3)
  • TH482 Projection Design (3)
  • TH486 Sound Design II (3)
  • TH800 Summer Theatre/Dance Workshop (3)

Additional requirement – 3 hours:

  • LI432 Shakespeare’s Comedies & Histories (3)
  • LI433 Shakespeare’s Tragedies (3)
*9 hours must be at the 300-400 level.

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major.   

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences –6 hours  
  • Constitution Requirement –3 hours  
  • Written Communication –6 hours  
  • Oral Communication –3 hours  
  • Natural Sciences –7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)  
  • Mathematics –3 hours  
  • Humanities & Fine Arts –9 hours (from at least two disciplines)  
  • Additional requirements –5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)  
  • Civics examination   

Freshman Year 

Fall Semester (14 hours) 

  • UI100 (1) 
  • EN100 (3) 
  • TH105 (1) 
  • TH111 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (16 hours) 

  • TH105 (1) 
  • TH181 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • Elective (3)

Sophomore Year 

Fall Semester (16 Hours) 

  • TH218 (3) 
  • TH265 (3)
  • TH305 (1) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

Spring Semester (16 hours) 

  • TH305 (1) 
  • Theatre Elective (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)

 Junior Year

 Fall Semester (15 hours) 

  • TH305 (1) 
  • TH385 (3) 
  • Theatre Elective (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • Elective (2) 

Spring Semester (16 Hours) 

  • TH305 (1) 
  • Theatre Elective (3)
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)

Senior Year 

Fall Semester (16 Hours) 

  • TH305 (1) 
  • TH358 (3)
  • TH490 (3) 
  • Theatre Elective (1) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

Spring Semester (12 hours) 

  • TH305 (1) 
  • TH495 (3) 
  • Theatre Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

 A minimum 2.5GPA in the major and 2.0 overall are required to graduate with a BA-Theatre. 

Outcomes & Careers

  • 93%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre & Dance report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.  

  • $67k

    Sound Engineer Technician 

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage salary for a sound engineer technician is $67,210. 

  • $22/hr

    Actor

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median hourly wage for an actor is $21.88. 

  • $61k+

    Producer

    A producer can earn an average of $61k annually according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

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Accreditations

  • NAST Accreditation: National Association of Schools of Theatre logo
  • NASD Accreditation: National Association of Schools of Dance logo
  • Yamaha Institution of Excellence logo

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