Department of Music & Theatre


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Department of Music & Theatre


  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Undergraduate

125 credits

required for program

Minor Available

125 credits

125 credits

required for program

Minor Available

Perform in main stage shows, black box studio productions, musicals, cabaret, and student-directed one-act plays. UNW's quality theatre events attract audiences from across the greater Twin Cities, filling 25,000 seats each season. Learn from highly credentialed theatre faculty who are passionate about your personal growth and excellence.

This might be the right degree for you if you

  • enjoy singing and dancing
  • like the creative expression of performing arts
  • are interested in a career working in the theatre industry

Why study theatre at Northwestern?

We have a tradition of integrating the arts into a Christian worldview. You will explore and experience every aspect of theatre productions. Experience an intimate space of our Black Box Theatre and the main stage at Knight Performance Hall. You will incorporate theatre into your cultural experience, develop your artistic vision, and view artistic expression as a form of worship.

We provide numerous opportunities for involvement in campus productions, both on stage as well as backstage. Check out our productions for the current school year. 

With campus so close to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, students take advantage of opportunities in Minnesota’s thriving theatre industries.

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What degree concentrations are offered in Theatre?

Careers in theatre

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in theatre.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Performance
  • Direction/technical direction
  • Casting
  • Set/stage/lighting/property design
  • Stage or house management
  • Sound design
  • Wardrobe, hair and makeup design
  • Prop Management
  • Script writing, screenwriting, playwriting
  • Publicity and promotions
  • Agent/talent management
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Fundraising and development
  • Arts administration
  • Box office sales or management
  • Promotion

Who employs people with this degree?

  • Theaters
  • Arts councils and arts organizations
  • Broadway and road company productions
  • Regional, community and summer stock theatres
  • Children’s theater or dinner theatre companies
  • Video production companies
  • Summer stock theaters
  • University theater groups
  • Amusement and theme parks
  • Television/film/ radio
  • Cruise lines
  • Acting conservatories
  • Public or community education
  • Theme parks

Strategies for success:

  • Gain as much experience as possible, join professional groups and expand your network to find out about jobs and opportunities.
  • Read newspapers and periodicals related to the theater to keep up with new developments.
  • Get your foot in the door and get involved with productions any way you can. Be prepared to do various tasks assigned by stage managers or producers.
  • Volunteer with fundraising efforts for the arts.
  • Be aware of scams. Check out the legitimacy of agencies and companies before paying any fees.
  • Theater helps students develop verbal and written communication, public speaking, and teamwork skills. These transferable skills are valued by many types of employers. In particular, positions in sales, marketing, management, and public relations may be open to students with theater degrees.
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