Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

About the B.A. in Theatre Degree

At Cedarville University, we do theatre a little differently than most universities. While our and 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 industry, 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.

Theatre at Cedarville University

Cedarville's theatre department prepares its students to use their talents in God-honoring ways.

Theatre Program Highlights

Biblical Worldview – With biblical integration in every course, you will learn to see theatre through the lens of Scripture and be encouraged to use your God-given gifts for His glory.

Customizable – 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.

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.

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.

Proven Success – Our graduates have found exciting, fulfilling work in professional, educational, and ministry settings.

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.

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
  • 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 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.

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

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.

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.

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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.

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Placement Success

We're proud of our successful graduates. A three-year average of 97.9% of Cedarville graduates were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. Check out Cedarville's other placement rates.

Current Season

Take a look at the main stage productions scheduled for the current season. There’s something for everyone!

Production Archives

Explore our production archives for photo galleries from past theatre main stage productions. You’ll find thought-provoking dramas, hilarious comedies, and lively musicals.

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Devries Theatre 360 Facility Tour

Take a virtual tour of the DeVries Theatre, which houses a 400-seat theatre with modern technology and staging as well as a movement studio, makeup suite, scene design lab, and dressing rooms.

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"Silent Sky" Explores Intersection of Faith and Science

"Silent Sky" will open Thursday, April 8, and close Sunday, April 18. Tickets can be purchased at the Stevens Student Center ticket office.
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Comic Relief at the Start of Spring Semester

“Four Comic One-Act Plays” by Anton Chekhov will open Thursday, Feb. 4 and close Sunday, Feb. 14. Tickets can be purchased at the Stevens Student Center ticket office. COVID-19 protocols will be observed.
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"All My Sons" Performed with COVID in Mind

Cedarville University’s theatre department will present “All My Sons,” opening on October 1 in the DeVries Theatre in the Stevens Student Center. The play will run through October 11.

Caring Well. Staying Well. Operating Plan

The 26-page comprehensive guide outlines Cedarville’s strategies and protocols for living, learning, and working in community during this academic year.

Program Faculty

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Diane Merchant, Ph.D.

Professor of Theatre

  • Location PAT 106
  • Phone 937-766-7963
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Rebekah Priebe, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of Theatre

  • Location SSC 223
  • Phone 937-766-7968
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Jonathan Sabo

Professor of Theatre

  • Location SSC 224
  • Phone 937-766-3767
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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.


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Our CUinClass video project gives you the opportunity to sit in on a class, hear from our professors, and experience academics at Cedarville via in-demand video. View a class that interests you now! 

Sample courses:

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