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The Bachelor of Arts Theatre program helps students sharpen their artistic skills and explore new talents while allowing them the flexibility to pair Theatre with another major. The communication, collaboration, and leadership skills gained in Theatre prepare students for success in a wide range of industries.

Recent pairings with Theatre have included Communication Studies, English, History, Political Science, Marketing and Psychology. Dedicated and responsive faculty work with students in the BA Theatre program to coordinate tailored educational experiences to help them pursue their desired goals.

This program and the related Theatre minor are open to all students of varying theatrical backgrounds without an audition or interview.

A broad look at theatre: BA Theatre

In addition to completing a liberal arts core curriculum, BA Theatre majors prepare for success in various fields by completing a rigorous course load that begins with the Theatre Core, classes required of all Theatre majors.

In this program, students become well-rounded artists by studying acting, technical theatre, design, history and directing. Theory meets practice as students apply their classroom knowledge to the various productions and activities beginning in their freshman year. Those involved in productions earn academic credit hours through our practicum courses.

Students complete a theatre internship to employ those skills professionally and culminate their Marietta College education with a capstone project to show how their theatrical skills naturally integrate with other areas of study to result in a unique, marketable whole.

Theatre Core courses

THEA 106 Acting I 3 credit hours
THEA 210 Backstage Experience 3 credit hours
THEA 211 Theatre History I: Ritual to Renaissance (500 BCE to 1800 CE) 3 credit hours
THEA 212 Theatre History II: Romanticism to Post-modernism (1750 to present) 3 credit hours
THEA 303 Directing I 3 credit hours
  One 300-level dramatic literature course 3 credit hours
THEA 397 Theatre Internship 3 credit hours
21 credit hours

Majors should take Acting I and Backstage Experience in their freshman year but have the flexibility to schedule their remaining Core courses when offered throughout their time at Marietta College.

BA Theatre Courses

Two (2) of the following Stagecraft classes:
THEA 231
THEA 232
THEA 233
THEA 234
Stagecraft: Scenery
Stagecraft: Costume
Stagecraft: Makeup
Stagecraft: Lighting/Electrics
6 credit hours
One (1) of the following Design classes:
THEA 341
THEA 342
THEA 344
THEA 346
Scenic Design
Costume Design
Lighting Design
Sound Technology & Design
3 credit hours
THEA 225   OR
THEA 325
Performance Practicum   OR
Advanced Performance Practicum
1 credit hour
THEA 226   OR
THEA 326
Technical Theatre Practicum   OR
Advanced Technical Theatre Practicum
1 credit hour
THEA 325   OR
THEA 326
Advanced Performance Practicum   OR
Advanced Technical Theatre Practicum
1 credit hour
  Electives in Theatre or other Chair-approved fields 6 credit hours
THEA 366 Professional Preparation & Ethics 3 credit hours
THEA 481 Theatre Capstone 3 credit hours
24 credit hours
Program total: 45 credit hours


Enrich your education: Theatre Minor

The Theatre minor allows students majoring in other areas to explore the various theatre arts.

THEATRE Minor Courses

THEA 210 Backstage Experience 3 credit hours
  Three hours of Theatre Practicum courses:
THEA 225, 226, 325, 326. Each is repeatable.
3 credit hours
  Fifteen hours of Theatre/Dance electives including at least 6 hours at the 300-level or above. May include up to 3 hours of Theatre Practicum courses beyond those required above. 15 credit hours
Minor total: 21 credit hours


Learn More

Interested in learning more about our programs? Contact Cas Felt in the Department of Theatre at or 740.376.4698. Be sure to ask about our Talent Scholarships!


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