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Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

About the B.A. in Theatre Degree

Cedarville University’s distinctly Christian, highly regarded B.A. in theatre degree will prepare you for a wide variety of fulfilling career options such as acting, directing, designing, stage management, dramaturgy, arts administration, and more. Whether on stage or behind the scenes, you’ll be equipped to use your God-given talent and passion to become an excellent, relevant, and God-honoring theatre artist.

Theatre Program Highlights

Customizable to your interest — As you major in theatre, you can choose from two concentrations — performance or design — that allow you to tailor your coursework to match your career goals, with individualized mentoring and career guidance.

Quality, mentoring faculty — Our faculty and staff have received many local and regional honors, and they stay active as professional performers, designers, dramaturgs, researchers, scholars, and consultants.

Capstone experience — As part of a capstone experience, you will have the chance to stage a production, design for main stage performance, or gain practical experience in a rewarding internship.

What Can I Do With Theatre?

Theatre graduates have a multitude of career possibilities:

  • Arts Administration
  • Design and Technology
  • Dramaturgy and Literary Management
  • Ministry and Special Needs
  • Performance-Related
  • Theatre Education

Our graduates have found exciting, fulfilling work in professional, educational, and ministry settings such as:

  • Minneapolis Children’s Theatre
  • Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, IL
  • The Contemporary American Theatre Company, Columbus, OH
  • The Human Race Theatre Company, Dayton, OH
  • Williamstown Theatre, Connecticut

Our theatre graduates have been accepted into graduate programs at schools such as:

  • E15 Acting School in England
  • Carnegie Mellon
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of Southern Utah

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

Main stage productions — Audition for one of our three stunning main stage productions or work on props, costume, lighting, hair/makeup, or set crew behind the scenes.

Senior theatre projects — As a graduating senior, you will have the chance to act, direct, design, and even write your own full-length, fully produced capstone project with the help of a faculty adviser.

Dramaturg — Help advise one of the main stage directors as a dramaturg, create an educational user guide about the production, and facilitate a talkback for the audience following a performance.

International experience — Through Cedarville’s Study Abroad program, you can travel to places like London or Prague to study and experience theatre productions internationally.

Rewarding internships — Gain real-life, resume-building experience in many different internship opportunities locally or in a major U.S. city. Our students have interned at Rattlesnake Theatre in New York City; Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles; Asolo Theatre in Sarasota, Florida; as well as locally at Dayton Ballet, Cultureworks, Human Race Theatre, and others.

Visiting artists — Learn about specialized areas of theatre from exciting guest experts such as Rocco Dal Vera in dialects, Matthew Wilson in commedia dell’arte, and Scott Stoney in professional auditioning.

Field trip experiences — Travel with other Cedarville theatre students to see productions in some of North America’s best theatres, such as the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada, and Blackfriar’s Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia. Exciting local trips include research at Cincinnati Museum of Art and professional performances at the Cincinnati Ballet, Dayton’s own Human Race Theatre, and multiple Broadway Tours.

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Theatre Scholarships

We are proud to offer Theatre Scholarships to new theatre majors, ranging from $1,000–$2,000. Awards are based on your audition or design portfolio review, theatrical experience, academic merit, and financial need.

Campus in the fall

Trustees Name Future Business Center, Approve New Faculty and Increase Scholarships for New Students

At its October 3 meeting, the Cedarville University board of trustees approved the naming of the new Lorne C. Scharnberg Business Center, reviewed and updated new student scholarships, added three new members to its board ranks, approved 10 faculty hires, and authorized construction of a storage warehouse.

Placement Success

We’re proud of our successful graduates! 94% of 2018 graduates from the Department of Art, Design, and Theatre were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. Check out Cedarville’s other placement rates.

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Students Helping with 50th Annual Dove Awards

Cedarville students will escort award winners on stage and to press briefings.

Dr. Diane Merchant speaking with student actors.

"Comedy of Errors" Has Homecoming Appeal

Fall play will run from October 3-13 in the DeVries Theatre.

Students sitting at a picnic table next to Cedar Lake

Moving Up in Wall Street Journal Ranking

Cedarville places second nationally for student engagement.

Message dress

Message Dress is Making a Statement

Susanna Edward uses creative means to communicate pro-life message.

Program Faculty

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Diane Merchant, Ph.D.

Professor of Theatre

  • Location PAT 106
  • Phone 937-766-7963
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Jonathan Sabo

Professor of Theatre

  • Location SSC 224
  • Phone 937-766-3767
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Rebekah Priebe, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of Theatre

  • Location SSC 223
  • Phone 937-766-7968
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Stacey Stratton

Assistant Professor of Theatre

  • Location CNG 320
  • Phone 937-766-3766
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Theatre Program Curriculum

Building on your general education liberal arts and Bible minor courses, you will take core theatre courses as well as courses in performance or design, depending on your chosen concentration.

Sample courses:
  • Introduction to Theatre
  • The Christian in Theatre
View Curriculum Plan and Catalog