Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4 years
Credit Hours:

Master your performance craft and study different styles to prepare for a career on stage or in front of the camera.
The emphasis in performance prepares students with the necessary skills to work as professional actors.

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Why Earn a Performance Theatre Degree?

Upon graduation, you’ll join an impressive alumni network who work across the nation in professional and academic theatre. You'll have the opportunity to garner roles as actors and choreographers, serve as a voiceover actor for animated series, and as theatre educators.

Marketable Skills
  • Analytical knowledge of historical/social context
  • Teamwork
  • Oral and written communication
  • Multi-cultural/diversity competencies
  • Workplace resourcefulness/innovation


Performance Theatre Degree Highlights

The Department of Dance and Theatre maintains the University Theater (409-seat proscenium theatre) and the Studio Theater (160-seat black box), and the technical facilities to support the annual season, including a well-equipped costume and scenic shop, and adequate storage.
Unique among theatre programs, qualified undergraduate students perform lead roles, direct public productions, stage-manage, and design scenery, costumes, lights, make-up and wigs.
Through studying theatre, you can acquire a diverse range of communication and organizational skills that are applicable to many careers. For example, combining your degree with studies in journalism or a law degree could lead to a career as a theatre critic or an entertainment lawyer.
Students are often offered performance and design opportunities as part of outside professional projects of the faculty and are able to audition for local theatre groups.
UNT has several student organizations for students to network and further hone their skills and craft.
Scholarships are available based on merit and talent.

What Can You Do With a Performance Theatre Degree?

Career paths include:

  • Acting (both stage and film)
  • Acting coach
  • Artist-in-residence
  • Box office manager
  • Directing
  • Drama education and criticism
  • Lighting, costume, makeup, props, scenery or sound design
  • Marketing director
  • Producing
  • Stage crew member
  • Stage managing
  • Theatrical photographer
  • Theatre teacher at an elementary or secondary school

Performance Theatre Degree Courses You Could Take

Theatre and Social Change (3 hrs)
Exploration and examination of the potential relationship between theatre and contemporary issues from social, political and personal perspectives. Through readings, live performances, films/videos, personal experiences and historical and cultural concerns, students form and discuss personal points of view regarding contemporary issues and theatrical performances.
Rehearsal and Performance for the Stage (3 hrs)
Focuses on the process of preparation for performance in a produced play. Includes attention to the audition process, script and character analysis, daily rehearsals, technical theatrical preparations including technical and dress rehearsals for public performances.
Acting: Styles and Periods (3 hrs)
Exploration of the advanced acting challenges of period and aesthetic styles. Includes the physical and vocal characterization requirements of the Greek, Restoration, Commedia dell’arte, and post-realism genres.
Acting: Musical Theatre (3 hrs)
Exploration of singing acting techniques, analysis of music and libretti, song selection for voice type, and the development of audition material. Additional study of the focusing skills that solo singing requires. Admission by vocal audition.
Acting for the Camera (3 hrs)
The exploration of camera acting and audition technique. Emphasis on building confidence with the camera, expanding acting range, and preparing for the diverse professional opportunities in the medium.
Acting: Realism (3 hrs)
Practical exploration of theories and methods of building a character. Utilization of numerous approaches including improvisation, emotional and sense memory, actions and objectives, character analysis, and the application of these techniques to text. Advanced script analysis and demonstration of acting proficiency required.

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