About the B.A. in Theatre Degree
Why Study Theatre at Cedarville?
At Cedarville University, we do theatre differently than most universities. While our highly regarded B.A. in theatre degree will prepare you for a wide variety of fulfilling career options in theatre, what sets us apart is our distinctly Christian approach to theatre. Plays are carefully selected for each season to model Cedarville's Christ-centered learning community, with a wide range of theatrical genres — from the Golden Age of Greece to the modern era. The goal of each season's title selection is to incorporate plays and musicals that train students to be excellent artists who glorify God in a competitive industry.
You'll graduate ready to take on a number of positions in the theatre field, including 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.Request Info Visit
Theatre Program Highlights
Biblical WorldviewThe Bible is the authority for research and study in every class you'll take.
Mentoring Christian FacultyYou'll be taught by highly-credentialed professors who want you to succeed.
Exceptional FacilitiesYou'll learn and practice your discipline in state-of-the-art facilities.
Abundant Opportunities — With three main stage productions, senior theatre project, in-class scene performances, and more, you’ll have dozens of opportunities to get hands-on experience in all aspects of theatre.
Award-Winning, 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.
Outstanding Facilities — You will learn and perform in the DeVries Theatre, an impressive 400- seat theatre with modern technology and staging, as well as a movement studio, makeup suite, computer design lab, scene shop, costume shop, and dressing rooms. Student productions utilize the Alford Auditorium facility.
We're proud of our successful graduates. A three-year average of 97.4% of Cedarville graduates were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. Check out Cedarville's other placement rates.
What Can You Do With a Theatre Degree?
Theatre graduates have a multitude of career possibilities:
- Arts Administration
- Design and Technology
- Dramaturgy and Literary Management
- Ministry and Special Needs
- 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, MA
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 current season main stage productions or work on props, costume, lighting, hair/makeup, or set crew behind the scenes. View past performances on our production archives page.
Senior Theatre Capstone 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.
Dramaturgy — 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.
Study Abroad Program — Through Cedarville’s Study Abroad program, you can travel to places like London or Prague to study and experience theatre productions internationally.
Masterclasses and Workshops — 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.
Professional 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:
- Ahmanson Theatre/ Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, CA
- Asolo Theatre, Sarasota, FL
- Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA
- Texas Shakespeare Festival, Kilgore, TX
- Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL
- Jericho Project, Springfield, OH
- Contemporary American Theatre Company, Columbus, OH
- Dayton Ballet, Dayton OH
- Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, OH
- Muse Machine, Dayton, OH
- CultureWorks, Dayton, OH
- Victoria Theatre Association, Dayton, OH
- Sight and Sound Theatre, Ronks, PA
Theatre Festival Field Trips — 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.
Main Stage Productions
Take a look at the main stage productions scheduled for the current season. There's something for everyone!
Explore our production archives for photo galleries from past main stage productions. You'll find thought-provoking dramas, hilarious comedies, and lively musicals.
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.
The CUinClass video project was originally filmed during the COVID-19 pandemic to allow virtual visitors to experience Cedarville classes, While students no longer wear masks and guests are welcomed in person, these on-demand videos still provide a great opportunity to hear from our professors and experience academics at Cedarville. View a class that interests you now!
Program Format and Related Programs
Cedarville offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, with flexible completion options. You may also want to consider these related programs as you consider the degree or program that is a best fit for you.
Program Level and Format
From Our Students:
Diane Merchant, Ph.D.Professor of Theatre
- PAT 106
Rebekah Priebe, M.F.A.Associate Professor of Theatre
- SSC 223
Stacey StrattonAssistant Professor of Theatre
- CNG 320
Shooting for the Stars: Theatre Major Takes on NYCWhen Hannah Bradley was 4 years old, she watched her first Broadway musical. Now, 16 years later, she is headed back to New York City to spend the summer studying theatre performance at one of the most prestigious conservatories in the United States.
Making “Much Ado” About Cedarville’s New Adaptation of a Beloved PlayThis April, Cedarville University’s theatre department will perform its adaptation of one of William Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies: “Much Ado About Nothing.” The show will run April 13-23 in the DeVries Theatre.