Theatre: Performance

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre: Performance

The BFA in theatre performance is a professional training program for aspiring actors seeking graduate school placement or professional employment. The program offers studio acting, voice, and movement training with professional actors, as well as opportunities to participate in a wide variety of production experiences. Students engage in scene study, text analysis, voice, speech, dialects, mask work, make up, on camera training, and audition workshops with working professional actors and producers.

Auburn University Theatre is housed in Telfair B. Peet University Theatre, which includes two fully equipped performance spaces; three dynamic performance studios serving classes in acting, dance, voice, directing, and movement; and fully equipped costume and scenic studios. The newly renovated main stage features a flexible proscenium house seating along with state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment.  A new black box studio theatre is equipped with the first wire tension lighting grid at a university theatre in Alabama and a larger dance studio.

Theatre students enjoy opportunities to work with national and international guest artists and travel nationally and internationally to attend workshops and exhibit their work. Auburn theatre graduates think critically, creatively, and collaboratively and carry their knowledge from rehearsal spaces and classroom to stages, campuses, and communities worldwide. 

Learn more about the path towards a degree and career in theatre from the Career Center’s Pathways.

For more information about Theatre: Performance

Theatre: Performance Program Website

Careers in Theatre: Performance


  • Stage
  • Television
  • Radio
  • Motion Picture
  • Video


  • Scriptwriting
  • Playwriting
  • Screenwriting
  • Journalism
  • Publicity (Press Agents)
  • Research


  • Direction
  • Technical Direction
  • Casting
  • Set Design
  • Stage Management
  • Production
  • Dialect Coaching
  • Dramaturgy
  • Support Staff

Behind the Scenes

  • Stage Management/Direction
  • Set Design/Construction
  • Property Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Sound Design
  • Camera Operation
  • Costume Design/Wardrobe
  • Hair/Make-up
  • Special Effects
  • Wardrobe
  • Broadcast Technology


  • Producing
  • Management
  • Agents
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Fundraising and Development
  • Administration of Arts Programs
  • Box Office Sales
  • Patron Services

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.

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
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
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
Core Humanities (except COMM 1000)43Core Fine Arts (except THEA 2010)3
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

THEA 1110 or THEA 4980 fulfill SLO 7.


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.


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.


If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.


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


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


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Last Updated: June 22, 2016