CSU Theatre Degree Overview

B.A. in Theatre: Training for the undergraduate by experienced professionals

At CSU, faculty, staff, and professional guest artists — all with extensive experience on stages ranging from Broadway to regional theatres, and worldwide — provide students an experienced lens through which to study every aspect of theatre, including the theory and practice of acting, singing, theatrical design, stage management, technical theatre, dramaturgy, dramatic criticism, storytelling, and playwriting.

Upon admission to CSU and declaration of the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre major, students choose one of three concentrations: General Theatre, Performance, or Design and Technology. No matter which concentration is selected, the program provides students with fundamental skills and experiences in theatre within a liberal arts context, preparing students for graduate study in theatre, and/or potential employment opportunities in a variety of fields related to theatre, film, and other creative endeavors.

As a theatre major, you’ll be challenged academically and artistically with a wide range of performance opportunities and occasions to collaborate across the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance on a shared theatrical vision.

Comprehensive training occurs in classrooms, labs, shops, rehearsal studios, and in annual productions of plays, musicals operas, dance concerts, and special events, produced by a company of student actors, directors, designers, and technicians under the mentorship of our professional faculty and staff. These outstanding artists and technicians provide small class sizes and individualized teaching and advising, providing students with opportunities to succeed from their first day on campus.

Student performing artists will find a welcoming place of study in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

Urinetown the Musical 2018 production photo

Why Theatre at CSU?

  • All theatre classes are taught by faculty members, not graduate students. Our working professionals teach courses specific to their area, meaning your instruction comes from industry experts.
  • CSU Theatre has 135 majors inside of a large Research I institution of 30,000. While you’ll benefit from the variety of resources available at Colorado State University, CSU Theatre is a tight-knit family where you receive one-on-one attention.
  • Core theatre class size is small; with typically fewer than 20 students per course, you'll enjoy a high level of personal interaction not found in other programs.
  • CSU Theatre's Mentor Program provides first year/transfer students with encouragement, agency, and resources.
  • The University Center for the Arts facility is among the finest in the nation, featuring six performance spaces and a dozen labs and shops where more than 200 music, theatre and dance performances are produced each year. You will have many opportunities to explore, work, and perform throughout your time at CSU.
  • Because the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance is housed under one creative roof, tech opportunities across all three areas elevate student experience and increase expertise.
  • Our B.A. curriculum allows students to develop skills across multiple theatrical aspects. It is designed so that students receive training in the fundamental areas of both design and performance.
  • With a sole focus on our undergraduate program, students do not compete with graduate-level performers and designers for opportunities. Performance roles are filled by undergraduates, from freshman to seniors, and productions involve students in all aspects of design and technology.
  • During your first year, whether your interest is performance or design and technology, you will be able to participate in a fully realized production, the Freshman Theatre Project.
  • Students reapply for theatre scholarships each year, so even if you don’t come to CSU with a theatre scholarship, you can be considered in subsequent years.
  • Faculty and staff assist with professional placement opportunities, both locally and nationally. Success at the regional and national Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival has provided students with the opportunity to build their CVs through summer work and professional placement after graduation.
  • Opportunities for students to have their voices heard through a variety of committees, including the Student Advisory Committee and the Theatre Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
  • Annual theatre-specific education abroad experiences, including London.