Your Future in Theatre

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

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.

What we offer

The Department of Dance and Theatre provides you with a comprehensive understanding of theatre. Through our rigorous curriculum, you'll:

  • Gain practical experience in costuming, stagecraft, stage lighting, stage management and theatrical makeup through laboratory work
  • Have opportunities to perform lead roles, direct, design and stage manage
  • Learn how to use your voice and body during performance
  • Learn how to prepare plays for performance
  • Study actors, plays and playwrights from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America
  • Work with faculty members, guest and student directors, and choreographers on productions

Our faculty members are outstanding teachers as well as active professionals and renowned researchers. They include an Emmy nominee, a noted Edward Albee scholar and a recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for costume design. We sponsor two student organizations — the Drama Lab and the Alpha Psi Omega national honor society — that provide performance and networking opportunities. Our facilities include:

  • Acting and directing studios
  • Rehearsal rooms
  • Shops devoted to costume, set and prop design and construction
  • Two full-size performance venues (University Theatre and Studio Theatre)

Competitive scholarships are available to help you pursue your degree. They're awarded based on academic excellence and professionalism.

What to expect

While pursuing your degree, you'll complete courses in:

  • Acting
  • Design and technical theatre
  • Theatre history and dramatic literature
  • Electives ranging from stage management to playwriting

The specific course requirements are outlined in the catalog.

The Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.