I'm still in contact with many of my professors. Marietta's Theatre Department gives you an opportunity to take so many different classes. Whatever your focus is, by doing all of these different elements — act, direct and design — and having to learn in them and create in them, you build a better understanding of the big picture. I have a deeper appreciation for what everyone is doing on the set of show, and Marietta helped me see that.
-- Nick Gehlfuss '07, star of Chicago Med.

Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre

Admission inquiries
Office of Admission 800-331-7896
Email: admit@marietta.edu

To inquire about this program, contact:
Renee Bell

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Theatre Arts

No matter what area of the theatre you're interested in -- whether it's acting, directing, set and lighting design, stagecraft, or even front of house operations like theatre and box office management -- at Marietta you'll get plenty of experience. We stage two main stage productions and two to three studio productions each year, with several directed by theatre majors, spanning all types of theatre. Best of all, auditions for our productions are open to everyone -- you don't have to be a theatre major to be the lead.

Along with giving you experience, Marietta's theatre programs will teach you the theory and method it takes to deliver a strong message, no matter what the audience. We offer two different degrees that prepare you for graduate study or a career in theatre. You can pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre or a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre (which expands on the liberal arts philosophy). A Theatre major's educational experience culminates with a significant project supervised by a department faculty member. This project might be realized through involvement in a departmental production, such as acting in a major role, directing, designing, stage management, or a creative project such as writing a script for a play or film.


Hermann Fine Arts Center's performance venue is the Friederich Theatre, which seats around 200 and can be arranged to accommodate a variety of staging formats now used in the modern theatre. Originally designed as a proscenium space, the Friederich has three full-stage wagons, side stages, and an orchestra pit. In the loft overhead is a counterweight system with 47 battens for flying scenery and lighting. The nearby Studio 101, a 65-seat proscenium theatre, is a more intimate second stage. Additional support facilities located off the theatre include a fully equipped scene shop, paint room, lighting and sound workshop, green room, and ticket office. The second floor includes a fully equipped costume shop with makeup stations, costume storage, laundry, and control booth. Most of the equipment used in the facility is new and relevant to modern theatre production. Over 10,000 square feet are devoted to furniture, props, and lighting storage both on and off site..

Required Courses

Courses for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre can be viewed here

Courses for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Theatre can be viewed here

Courses for the Minor can be viewed here

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Follow the bios below to find out more about our faculty.

Renee Bell

Andy Felt

David Makuch

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Theatre majors receive credit for summer or other off-campus theatre experience approved in advance by the Director of Theatre. Our students intern at places like the Charlotte Repertory Theatre in North Carolina; Cain Park Theatre in Cleveland Heights, Ohio; and The Actors Theater of Louisville, Kentucky.

Clubs & Organizations

As a student in the Theatre Arts program, you may be eligible for Alpha Psi Omega, the national honorary society for students showing special aptitude, participation, and interest in all forms of dramatic work.

Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) is the national leadership honor society that selects students showing superior scholarship, leadership, and exemplary character.

click to expandSuccessful Alumni

Our graduates go on to appear in movies and TV dramas. They become specialists in wardrobe, set design and construction, lighting, and theatre management. They also work as drama critics, fine arts editors, and creators and producers of films and videos. You'll find Marietta alumni in positions like:

  • Post Production Coordinator, Arden Entertainment
    North Hollywood, CA
  • Actor, 13th Street Repertory Company
    New York, NY
  • M.A./Ph.D. Candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • Actress, Television/Music Videos
    Culver City, CA
  • Television Producer, The Division
    Hollywood, CA
  • Professor of Acting, Ohio University
    Athens, OH

click to expandScholarship Opportunities

The Florence Gross Morgan Memorial Scholarship provides a partial tuition scholarship to a student studying or intending to study in the field of the fine arts.

The John and Dianne Brock Krahnert Scholarship provides financial assistance to a deserving freshman who has an interest in theatre.

Each year a number of Talent Scholarships are awarded in acting, musical theatre, technical theatre, management, etc.