BA in Theatre, BFA in Theatre Design/Technology, BFA in Theatre Production/Management, BFA in Theatre Performance, BFA in Music Theatre

Auburn University Theatre is a NAST (National Association of Schools of Theatre) accredited institution offering a B.A. degree in theatre and B.F.A. Degree tracks in Performance, Music Theatre, Design/Technology and Management. The department is housed in the award winning Telfair Peet Theatre and focuses exclusively on undergraduate theatre training offering students the opportunity to acquire and apply a broad spectrum of theatre skills rooted in a liberal arts context designed to promote a strong understanding of theatre history and literature, and provide students with critical thinking skills that will richly enhance their work as theatre performers, directors, designers, technicians, and stage managers.

Undergraduate degrees offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Theatre with a choice of concentrations in:
    • Design/Technology
    • Production Management
    • Theatre Performance
    • Music Theatre

Professor Scott Phillips, Chair e-mail: phillm2@auburn.edu

Department of Theatre
211 Telfair Peet
phone: 334-884-4748
fax: 334-844-4743

Careers in Theatre

The Theatre major can help prepare students for many career opportunities including work in the specific areas of theater production or performance as well as the related areas of advertising, television, film, recreation, education, and management. Theatre study includes a comprehensive study in theater, practical experience in professional production, and a solid background in the liberal arts. Talent, commitment, energy, and discipline are key personal qualities required for successful theater careers.

Many occupations today require a college educated individual who can write and speak well, solve problems, learn new information quickly and work well with others on a team. This means that college graduates use their education in a wide variety of fields, and your future career may relate more to your personal career interests, work values and transferable skills than any specific academic major. However, the following list contains a representative sample of job titles of former graduates with a Theatre major. Use this as an idea list, and remember that it represents some, but certainly not all, of the careers you might consider.

Students obtaining employment immediately upon graduation are usually those with the best college records and a willingness to relocate to find a job. Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelors’ degree.

Career Titles for Theater Majors

  • Acting Coach
  • Actor
  • Actress
  • Admissions Director
  • Advertising/Marketing Specialist
  • Agent
  • Amusement Park Entertainer
  • Animal-Talent Coordinator
  • Announcer
  • Art Director
  • Booking Manager
  • Broadcast Journalist
  • Business Manager
  • Buyer
  • Casting Director
  • Communication Technology Specialist
  • Copy Writer
  • Costume Designer
  • Exhibit/Display Designer
  • Faux Painter
  • Draftsman
  • Costumer
  • Critic
  • Customer Service Manager
  • Development Officer/Fund Raiser
  • Director
  • Drama Coach
  • Equipment Operator
  • Facilities Manager
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Health Educator
  • Human Resource Specialist
  • Impersonator
  • Instructor, Theater Arts
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Lighting Designer
  • Lighting Operator
  • Lobbyist
  • Magician
  • Make-up Artist
  • Media Planner
  • Media Salesperson
  • Mediator
  • Mime
  • Model
  • Movie Theater Manager
  • Narrator
  • Negotiator/Mediator
  • Paralegal
  • Playwright
  • Producer
  • Program Assistant
  • Prop Manager
  • Public Affairs Officer
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Puppeteer
  • Radio/TV Announcer
  • Recruiter
  • Rigger
  • Sales Representative
  • Scene Painter
  • Script Coach
  • Script Manager
  • Set Designer
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Sound Designer
  • Stage Manager
  • Stand-In
  • Student Affairs Specialist
  • Stunt Coordinator
  • Stunt-person
  • Talent Manager
  • Talent Scout
  • Teacher
  • Theater Manager
  • Ticket Sales Coordinator
  • Tour Guide
  • Tourism Director
  • Training & Development Specialist
  • Video Store Manager
  • Writer/Editor
 

Curriculum Guides

BA Curriculum in Theatre

 

Theatre majors must earn a grade of C or higher in theatre courses, or they must repeat those courses for credit toward their degree.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
THEA 1010 Introduction to Theatre for Majors I3THEA 1110 Introduction to Theatre for Majors II13
THEA 2310 Theatre Technology I3THEA 2400 Design Aesthetics3
THEA 2311 Theatre Technology I Lab1THEA 2610 Costume Construction3
Foreign Language I (College Core)4Foreign Language II (College Core)4
 14 16
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Core History23Core Science II4
Core Science I4Core Math3
Core Literature23THEA 2910 Production Practicum II1
THEA 2910 Production Practicum II1THEA 3700 Theatre History, Theory and Criticism I-Text3
Theatre Elective43Theatre Elective33
Approved Humanities Choice53 
 17 14
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Social Science or Core History to complete sequence23Core Social Science3
THEA 3910 Production Practicum III1Core Humanities (except COMM 1000) or Core Literature to complete sequence23
THEA 3710 Theatre History, Theory and Criticism II-Body3THEA 3910 Production Practicum III1
Theatre Elective63THEA 4950 Theatre Literature and Theory Seminar3
THEA 3950 Directing Seminar or 3960 Dramaturgy Seminar3THEA 3720 Theatre History, Theory and Criticism III-Space3
Elective63Elective63
 16 16
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Fine Arts (except THEA 2010/17)3Core Social Science3
Theatre Elective71THEA 4950 Theatre Literature and Theory Seminar3
THEA 4980 Senior Capstone Project1, 83Theatre Electives66
Electives66Elective62
 UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 13 14
Total Hours: 120

1

THEA 1110 and THEA 4980 fulfill SLO 7.

2

Students are required to complete a two-course history sequence or a two-course literature sequence.  They are also required to complete one Core History or Core Literature in the discipline not chosen as the sequence.

3

This must be a theatre design or technology course.

4

This course must be selected from THEA 2120 or THEA 2840.

5

One Core Humanities choice must cover SLO 3.

6

Students must meet with their advisers to determine approved theatre and other electives, unless approved courses are specified in this curriculum model.

7

This course must be in studio, lab, or practicum course.

8

To enroll in Senior Capstone Project, students must be senior theatre majors planning to graduate before the following fall semester.


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BFA Curriculum in Theatre - Design/Technology

Theatre majors must earn a C or higher in theatre courses, or they must repeat those courses for credit toward their degrees.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
Core History13Core Social Science or Core History to complete the sequence13
Approved Humanities Choice23THEA 1110 Introduction to Theatre for Majors II33
THEA 1010 Introduction to Theatre for Majors I3THEA 2310 Theatre Technology I3
THEA 1910 Production Practicum I1THEA 2311 Theatre Technology I Lab1
THEA 2610 Costume Construction3THEA 2400 Design Aesthetics3
 16 16
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Literature13Core Science II4
Core Science I4Core Humanities (except COMM 1000) or Core Literature to complete sequence13
THEA 2840 Beginning Dance Techniques3Core Social Science3
THEA 2910 Production Practicum II1Elective43
THEA 3200 Stage Management3THEA 2910 Production Practicum II1
 THEA 3700 Theatre History, Theory and Criticism I-Text3
 14 17
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Fine Arts (excluding THEA)3Core Social Science3
THEA 2120 Acting I3THEA 3510 Lighting Design3
THEA 3410 Scene Design I3THEA 3640 Costume Design3
THEA 3710 Theatre History, Theory and Criticism II-Body3THEA 3720 Theatre History, Theory and Criticism III-Space3
THEA 3910 Production Practicum III1THEA 3910 Production Practicum III1
 Core Math3
 13 16
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
THEA 4980 Senior Capstone Project3, 53THEA 4950 Theatre Literature and Theory Seminar3
Theatre Elective Emphasis A or B63THEA 4910 Production Practicum IV1
THEA 4940 Theatre Special Projects3Theatre Electives Emphasis A or B66
THEA 3950 Directing Seminar3Electives 43
Electives43UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 15 13
Total Hours: 120

 

1

Students are required to complete a two-course history sequence or a two-course literature sequence.  They are also required to complete one Core History or Core Literature course in the discipline not selected as the sequence.

2

One Core Humanities choice must cover SLO 3.

3

THEA 1110 and THEA 4980 fulfill SLO 7.

4

Students must meet with their advisers to determine appropriate theatre electives and other electives.

5

To enroll in Senior Capstone Project, students must be senior theatre majors planning to graduate before the following fall semester.

6

Emphasis A includes THEA 3330THEA 3420, and THEA 4420. Emphasis B includes THEA 3740, THEA 4650, and THEA 3610.

 

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BFA Curriculum in Theatre - Performance

 

Theatre majors must earn a grade of C or higher in theatre courses or they must repeat those courses for credit toward their degrees.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
THEA 1010 Introduction to Theatre for Majors I3THEA 1110 Introduction to Theatre for Majors II13
THEA 2610 Costume Construction3THEA 2120 Acting I3
THEA 2840 Beginning Dance Techniques3THEA 2310 Theatre Technology I3
THEA 2110 Voice and Movement Fundamentals2THEA 2311 Theatre Technology I Lab1
THEA 2111 Voice and Movement Fundamentals Lab1Core Math3
 15 16
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Science I4Core Science II4
Core Literature23Core History23
THEA 2910 Production Practicum II1THEA 2910 Production Practicum II1
THEA 2650 Stage Makeup3THEA 3700 Theatre History, Theory and Criticism I-Text3
Required Dance Elective31THEA 3120 Acting II3
THEA 3110 Voice for the Actor II3 
 15 14
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Social Science3Core Social Science or Core History to complete sequence23
THEA 3150 BFA Performance Studio I4Core Humanities (except COMM 1000) or Literature to complete sequence23
THEA 3840 Intermediate Dance Techniques I or 3860 Movement for the Actor3THEA 3160 Bfa Performance Studio II4
THEA 3710 Theatre History, Theory and Criticism II-Body3THEA 3720 Theatre History, Theory and Criticism III-Space3
THEA 3190 Singing Practicum1THEA 3910 Production Practicum III1
THEA 3910 Production Practicum III1 
 15 14
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Approved Humanities Choice43Core Fine Arts (except THEA 2010)3
Electives53Electives53
THEA 4150 BFA Performance Studio III4THEA 4160 BFA Performance Studio IV4
THEA 4980 Senior Capstone Project1, 63Theatre Electives53
Theatre Electives52Core Social Science3
 UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 15 16
Total Hours: 120

1

THEA 1110 or THEA 4980 fulfill SLO 7.

2

Students are required complete a two-course history sequence or a two-course literature sequence. They are also required to complete one Core History or one Core Literature in the discipline not selected as the sequence.

3

Dance electives include the following: THEA 1570, THEA 1670, THEA 1530. Acting may be substituted for the dance elective; students then should select either THEA 2940 or THEA 3940.

4

One Core Humanities choice must cover SLO 3.

5

Students must meet with their advisers to identify approved threatre and other elective courses. 

6

To enroll in Senior Capstone Project, students must be senior theatre majors planning to graduate before the following fall semester.

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BFA Curriculum in Theatre - Management

 

Theatre majors must earn a C or higher in theatre courses, or they must repeat those courses for credit toward their degrees.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3Core Social Science or Core History to complete sequence13
Core History13ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
THEA 1910 Production Practicum I1THEA 1110 Introduction to Theatre for Majors II23
PHIL 1040 Business Ethics3THEA 2310 Theatre Technology I3
THEA 1010 Introduction to Theatre for Majors I3THEA 2311 Theatre Technology I Lab1
THEA 2610 Costume Construction3THEA 2400 Design Aesthetics3
 16 16
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Literature13Core Humanities (except COMM 1000) or Core Literature to complete sequence13
Core Science I4POLI 1090 American Government in Multicultural World3
THEA 2840 Beginning Dance Techniques3Core Science II4
THEA 2910 Production Practicum II1Theatre Elective33
THEA 3200 Stage Management3THEA 2910 Production Practicum II1
 THEA 3700 Theatre History, Theory and Criticism I-Text3
 14 17
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Fine Arts (excluding THEA)3Core Social Science3
THEA 2120 Acting I3THEA 3520 Sound Design3
THEA 3350 Technical Direction/Production Management3THEA 3720 Theatre History, Theory and Criticism III-Space3
THEA 3710 Theatre History, Theory and Criticism II-Body3THEA 3910 Production Practicum III1
THEA 3910 Production Practicum III1COMM 2410 Small Group Communication3
POLI 3250 Introduction to Public Administration3THEA 3950 Directing Seminar3
 16 16
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Electives33Theatre Electives33
THEA 4910 Production Practicum IV1THEA 4940 Theatre Special Projects3
THEA 4980 Senior Capstone Project1, 43POLI 5370 Nonprofit Management3
Core Math3Electives33
Theatre Electives33UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 13 12
Total Hours: 120

1

Students are required to complete a two-course history sequence or a two-course literature sequence. They are also required to complete one Core History or Core Literature in the discipline not chosen as the sequence.

2

THEA 1110 and THEA 4980 fulfill SLO 7.

3

Students must meet with their advisers to identify approved theatre electives and other electives.

4

To enroll in Senior Capstone Project, students must be senior theatre majors planning to graduate before the following fall semester.

 

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BFA Curriculum in Theatre - Music Theatre

 

Theatre majors must earn a grade of C or higher in theatre courses, or they must repeat those courses for credit toward their degrees.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
MUSI 1310 Music Theory I2THEA 1110 Introduction to Theatre for Majors II13
MUSI 1320 Music Skills I1THEA 2120 Acting I3
THEA 1010 Introduction to Theatre for Majors I3THEA 1910 Production Practicum I1
THEA 2610 Costume Construction3Core Math3
THEA 2110 Voice and Movement Fundamentals2MUAP 1630 Performance II1
THEA 2111 Voice and Movement Fundamentals Lab1 
MUAP 1530 Performance I1 
 16 14
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Science I4Core Science II4
Core Social Science3THEA 1570 Dance Lab 1 - Ballet1
THEA 1570 Dance Lab 1 - Ballet1THEA 3140 Music Theatre Acting3
THEA 1670 Dance Lab 1 - Jazz1THEA 1670 Dance Lab 1 - Jazz1
MUSI 1020 Piano Skills I - Rudiments1THEA 3700 Theatre History, Theory and Criticism I-Text3
THEA 2310 Theatre Technology I3THEA 2910 Production Practicum II1
THEA 2311 Theatre Technology I Lab1MUAP 2630 Performance IV1
MUAP 2530 Performance III1 
 15 14
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Literature23Core Humanities (except COMM 1000) or Core Literature to complete sequence23
THEA 2650 Stage Makeup (Core Literature)3THEA 3160 Bfa Performance Studio II4
THEA 3150 BFA Performance Studio I4THEA 3730 Music Theatre History3
THEA 3710 Theatre History, Theory and Criticism II-Body3MUAP 3630 Performance VI1
MUAP 3530 Performance V1THEA 3910 Production Practicum III1
THEA 3910 Production Practicum III1THEA 1530 Dance Lab 1 - Tap1
 Core Social Science3
 15 16
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Core History23Core Social Science or Core History to complete sequence23
Core Fine Arts (except THEA)3Approved Humanities Choice33
THEA 4980 Senior Capstone Project1, 43THEA 4160 BFA Performance Studio IV4
THEA 4150 BFA Performance Studio III4Electives53
Electives53Theatre or Music Electives51
 UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 16 14
Total Hours: 120

1

THEA 1110 and THEA 4980 fulfill SLO 7.

2

Students are required to complete a two-course history sequence or a two-course literature sequence. They are also required to complete one Core History or Core Literature in the discipline not chosen as the sequence.

3

One Core Humanities choice must cover SLO 3.

4

To enroll in Senior Capstone Project, students must be senior theatre majors palnning to graduate before the following fall semester.

5

Students must meet with their advisers to identify approved theatre, music, and other electives.

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Last Updated: March 13, 2014