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Theatre Studies provides students with a broad-based knowledge of the theatrical arts and offers expansive possibilities to exercise that knowledge through dramaturgy, playwriting, performance, and design/production work. While completing this degree, we teach our students artistic flexibility through creative and research-oriented projects.

Theatre Studies coursework stresses critical thinking in verbal and written communication; employs theatre as a lens through which to examine cultural trends; develops projects that merge theory and practical applications; and explores the vitality and uniqueness of theatre as a live, communal expression of gender and cultural diversity.

The Theatre Studies faculty oversee:
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts (BA Theatre)
Theatre Minor
Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts, Generative Dramaturgy (MFA Generative Dramaturgy)

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre (BA Theatre) provides a comprehensive education through a core curriculum in dramatic literature, technical theatre, and performance.  Electives allow students to continue their studies more broadly or focus in one area such as research, devising, dramaturgy or playwriting.  Graduates of the BA Theatre program are prepared for further scholarship or creative work in the theatre arts.

BA Theatre Students

  • Appreciate the relationship of dramatic text to theatrical production
  • Understand the working practices and standards of the professional theatre
  • Communicate artistic intent through acting, directing, design, and research
  • Organize the human and financial resources to facilitate the theatrical production process

Studio Series

BA Theatre Arts majors participate in the Studio Series season. The Studio Series features four productions each year of original, contemporary, devised, and experimental performance.  This approach offers creative learning opportunities, thought-provoking experiences, and occasions for productive dialogue around topics relevant to student populations and the larger Tucson community.