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Welcome to The School of Theatre, Film & Television! Our programs nurture and develop outstanding artists and scholars by providing rigorous training and mentoring by internationally recognized faculty, excellent internship opportunities, industry-standard resources, and hands-on production experience.


We offer comprehensive training in the art and business of storytelling, as expressed through the rich emotional experiences only offered through live theatre and the immersive cinematic experience, which prepares students to succeed in a wide range of careers—in the industry, the arts, and higher education.


Our alumni go on to enjoy a wide range of careers — including acting, directing, producing, dramaturgy, play and screenwriting, theatrical/entertainment designing and technical production, editing, cinematography, and in arts non-profits and higher education.


Our Theatre Arts program was ranked 33 out of 306 nationwide by College Factual, and Film & Television was ranked #20 among U.S. film schools by The Wrap’s “Top 50 Film Schools,” making UA one of the top places to study theatre and film.


Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, our degrees offer strong theoretical foundations and rigorous conservatory-style training by a faculty of working professionals. As a member of the University/Resident Theater Association (U/RTA), we provide excellent professional theatre training in stage design and production for graduate students.


We hope you will join us!


Andrew Belser



Repertory Theatre

The Last Night of Ballyhoo Venue: Tornabene Theatre November 9, 2019 to November 24, 2019

Screening Events

DocScapes: Waking Dream Venue: UA Gallagher Theater November 20, 2019 at 6:00pm

Theatre Studies Performance Showcase

Fall Theatre Studies Performance Showcase – R&J: For Love or Money Venue: Harold Dixon Directing Studio, Drama Bldg. (Rm. 116) December 5, 2019 at 8:00pm


TFTV Ranks in OnStage Blogs Top 30 College Musical Theatre Programs for 2019-2020

At the beginning of each new school year, we here at OnStage Blog like to announce what we feel are the best performing arts for the coming year.… More

Stage & Screen Vet Hank Stratton Relishes New Role at ART

Hank Stratton has had a career that many aspiring actors would envy. After being classically trained in London, he found success on Broadway and in Hollywood. But Tucson is… More

TFTV alumnus Tori Mays nominated in KOI-USA Awards Theatre Shortlist

The Knight of Illumination Awards USA (KOI-USA), which celebrates the creative talents of local and international lighting and video designers across the United States, has revealed the nominees… More

Featured Faculty

Brent Gibbs Professor, Co-Chair of Acting/Musical Theatre Division

Brent Gibbs teaches Acting and Stage Combat at the University of Arizona’s School of Theatre Arts where he also served as the previous Artistic Director for the Arizona… More

Kevin Byrne Assistant Professor

Kevin Byrne earned his doctorate in Theatre Studies from the City University of New York Graduate Center.  His research interests include race theory and race studies, minority drama and… More

David Yarnelle Assistant Professor of Practice

David Yarnelle, Theatre Studies, has been a member of The School of Theatre, Film and Television faculty for nearly twenty years teaching theatre arts courses to students across… More

Student Work

UA FTV Fiction Films

Our students' films have gained recognition at the world's top films festivals, including the Berlin Intl. Film Festival and Sundance, and feature stellar performances from rising stars in the Theatre programs. BA and BFA students in the film program work collaboratively on films, with BA students applying skills learned in producing and studies courses to lead projects in the producer role. Magic Hour and I Dream in Widescreen are the popular showcases for fiction produced in the program. More

Design Tech Showcase Reveals Secrets

Every year, the school brings agents, professional designers and production specialists to campus to view the work of our actors and design and technology students. The annual Showcase of Talent offers our students a valuable next step into the business and direct access to industry professionals. More

UA FTV Documentaries

Our production students gain experience in documentary, and are taught by working filmmakers whose films can be seen on HBO, Netflix, and PBS. The documentary work is original and eclectic, and reflects the rich culture of Tucson. Student work is regularly showcased at What’s up, Docs at The Loft Cinema and at I Dream in Widescreen, the gala event of BFA senior thesis films that regularly draws crowds of over 1000 to the historic Fox Tucson Theatre. More

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Take a quick virtual tour of the Fine Arts District and the rest of the UA Campus, click here.


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