Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Acting/Directing, Musical Theatre, Performance Studies, Design/Technical Theatre or Youth Theatre/Puppetry
College of Arts and Sciences

The theatre majors at BGSU are designed to create well-rounded individuals with a wide knowledge base in the liberal arts, as well as theatre. Students are exposed to all elements of the art, from literature and history to design, acting and directing, theory and culture. The visual arts, music history, psychology, literature and the sciences are all part of the theatre’s rich 2,500 year history.

Career Opportunities

Educational theatre is the primary training ground for the development of professional actors, actresses, technicians, stage managers, directors, designers and writers who work in theatre, film, live entertainment, radio and television.

Degrees Offered

The theatre department offers six degree programs to suit a wide variety of interests within the field:

All of these degree programs have a strong liberal arts foundation. Students are required to take courses in English composition, natural sciences, foreign language/culture, social sciences, and arts and humanities courses in addition to the required theatre coursework.

Because of the flexibility in the coursework for the degree programs, each student should consult with a theatre advisor to plan a general education program that provides the best possible foundation for each individual student. Students graduate with a solid liberal arts foundation and a set of broadly developed and refined analytical and communication skills, in addition to the skills and techniques required for their specific area of interest in theatre.

Special Features

Practical experience in theatre may be gained through a variety of production opportunities. The theatre program produces 6 to 8 productions annually (including musicals, works by Shakespeare and contemporary drama) in our two proscenium theatres.

Each fall Treehouse Troupe, a touring children’s theatre company, presents different plays at grade schools throughout northwest Ohio. Company members are cast through auditions each spring, and receive class credit for participation.

Admission and Scholarship Information

The B.A.C. in Musical Theatre specialization is only open to students who pass a rigorous audition process. The auditions are usually held in January and April. Exact information and applications are available in the theatre department office, 419-372-2222 or All other theatre specializations are open to any BGSU student.

Auditions for the Eva Marie Saint Freshman Acting Award are held in early February. Application materials are due around Feb. 1. Interested students should contact the Department of Theatre and Film directly.

Student Employment and Scholarships

The Theatre and Film Department offers several student employment opportunities in theatre and film production to qualified undergraduates. These positions are hired on a competitive basis, with students submitting applications, letters of recommendation and completing an audition or interview. Students interested in obtaining an application packet should contact the Theatre and Film Department office, 212 Wolfe Center for the Arts.

Exceptional students are selected to receive annual awards; these include the Edgar Fisher Daniels Prize, and the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Scholarship.

Study Abroad Program

All BGSU undergraduate theatre and film majors may apply for participation in the BGSU/University of Wales student exchange program. If accepted into this program students spend a semester studying theater and/or film in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at the University of Wales located in scenic Aberystwyth. Site of the largest undergraduate theatre program in Great Britain, the University of Wales is also the home of the prestigious Performance Research Center.

B.A.C. Curriculum

University general education requirements and College of Arts and Sciences Bachelor of Arts in Communication requirements: 67 hours

Theatre core taken by all B.A.C. theatre majors (20 hours total)

Musical Theatre Specialization (35 hours)

Acting/Directing Specialization (21-22 hours)

Design/Tech specialization (22 hours)

Youth Theatre/Puppetry Specialization (23 hours)

Performance Studies Specialization (22 hours)

B.A. in Theatre Curriculum

University general education requirements and College of Arts and Sciences Bachelor of Arts requirements: 60 hours

Theatre coursework (39 hours)

Additionally, a minor from another department is required (usually 20 hours).

Preparation for College

Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but only finishing the minimum coursework will leave you unprepared for college. Consider taking four years of mathematics instead of the three that are required. Two, three or even four years of the same foreign language is excellent preparation for college. You will also benefit from competency in computer use. Courses that provide exposure to or training in the visual and performing arts are excellent choices.

For Further Information

Internet Access

BGSU's website for future students contains University highlights, admissions procedures, financial aid information and many department profiles. It can be accessed at

The University

Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.

NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for Theatre, please check the undergraduate catalog online at: