Cedarville University’s Department of Art, Design, and Theatre offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in theatre with a concentration in either performance or design.

Our rigorous program produces graduates that are well prepared for graduate school, educational programs, professional theatre, public media, and ministry settings.

Theatre core required courses are taken by both Performance and Design Concentrations.

Theatre core requirements - 33 hours
THTR-1410 Introduction to Theatre 3 hours
THTR-1420 Introduction to Technical Theatre 3 hours
THTR-1440 Stagecraft I 1 hour
THTR-1450 Stagecraft II 1 hour
THTR-1480 Play Production 3 hours
THTR-2200 Introduction to Design 3 hours
THTR-2350 Directing I 3 hours
THTR-2430 Acting I 3 hours
THTR-2470 Makeup Design 2 hours
THTR-3420 Theatre History I 2 hours
THTR-3430 Theatre History II 2 hours
THTR-3470 Dramaturgy 3 hours
THTR-4400 Professional Preparation Seminar 2 hours
THTR-4630 The Christian in Theatre 2 hours
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Emphasis: Acting, directing, dramaturgy

Key Courses: Advanced Acting, Voice for the Performer, Stage Movement, Directing I and II, Dramaturgy

Highlights: Students receive both classical and contemporary training from faculty who act and direct professionally. Students have opportunity to put the skills acquired in class into practice before a live audience, with more than a dozen productions staged annually at Cedarville.

Jobs in this field: Stage or film actor, director, dramaturg, stage manager, acting teacher (secondary, college, and graduate level), acting coach

Performance Concentration – 23 hours
THTR-1230 Voice for the Performer 3 hours
THTR-1430 Stage Movement 3 hours
THTR-2410 Advanced Performance Techniques 3 hours
THTR-3460 Acting II 3 hours
THTR-3510 Directing II 3 hours
THTR-3530 Techniques of American Musical Theatre 2 hours
*THTR-4840 Senior Theatre Project 3 hours
THTR Theatre elective 3 hours
*Capstone Course
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  • Emphasis: Visual and technical aspects of theatre
  • Key Courses: Set Design, Lighting Design, Costume Design, Scenic Painting, Costume History
  • Highlights: Students learn the skills necessary to excel in design and technical production through a wide array of classes, taught by faculty who design professionally. Students will also develop a dynamic portfolio while working on campus productions.
  • Jobs in this field: Scenic designer, lighting designer, costume designer, costume builder, costume shop manager, master electrician, carpenter, scenic painter, props master, technical director, teacher (secondary, college, and graduate level)
Design Concentration – 23 hours
THTR-2440 Stagecraft III 1 hour
THTR-4500 Scenic Design 3 hours
THTR-2460 Costume Design 3 hours
THTR-3440 Stage Costume History 3 hours
THTR-3450 Stagecraft IV 1 hour
THTR-3490 Stage Lighting Design 2 hours
THTR-3520 Scenic Painting 3 hours
*THTR-4840 Senior Theatre Project 3 hours
THTR Senior Theatre Project 3 hours
*Capstone Course
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