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The BA Theatre program allows you to explore and customize your education to include a more multidisciplinary approach to theatre studies, including performance, design and technology, dramaturgy and playwriting.


What is Theatre at WVU like?


The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre degree offers a broad-based program of study combining a liberal arts education with a general theatre curriculum.

Typically, the BA student in Theatre is one who chooses not to specialize in any one area of the art form, but prefers instead to keep as many educational options open as possible. Future educational and career plans often include specialized study in a graduate program or a career in one of the many fields related to the performing arts.

Theatre program highlights:

At a Glance

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Fast Facts

What makes Theatre at WVU unique?

Research and Academic Opportunities

  • The Evansdale Library is just a short walk from the Creative Arts Center and houses a script collection. Students can access industry specific journals and magazines to stay current on what is happening and what is about to happen in the world of theatre.
  • In their senior year, Theatre students choose an area of their senior level coursework in which they wish to complete a capstone project. Many will direct, stage manage or dramaturg a show within the lab theatre or mainstage season.

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)

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How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Graduates pursue careers in theatre as directors, producers, dramaturgs, performers and playwrights. Others have pursued graduate level work in any number of areas both in and out of theatre.

Graduates have gone on to be successful theatre performers, producers and educators, and work for Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theatre companies.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Theatre major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


Graduates from this major have gone to work at:


What are the courses like in Theatre at WVU?

Plan of Study

Check out a program overview, learning goals, course descriptions and suggested plan of study for WVU's Theatre major.

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Popular Courses

THET 170:
World Theatre and Drama

Introduction to theatre and drama traditions in ten world cultures. An intercultural study of theaters, performance and staging practices, the cultural milieu, and dramatic literature.

THET 230:
Text Analysis

For the student theatre practitioner in acting, design, directing, and stage management. Explorations include: anchoring techniques, concept of "pressures," and the parameters of a dramatic event.

THET 302:

Fundamental theory and practice of directing for live theatre with emphasis on script analysis, director-actor communication, ground plan, and composition.

Cost and Aid

How much does Theatre at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $421
Per Semester $5,052
Fall and Spring Semesters $10,104
Per Credit $1,134
Per Semester $13,608
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,216
Per Credit $1,134
Per Semester $13,908
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,816
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Ohio Tuition Reciprocity

As the result of a special agreement, students from Ohio who are fully admitted to Theatre can enroll at WVU and pay in-state tuition rates. Students must be admitted to both the University and this major.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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What are the requirements to apply for Theatre at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Theatre major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2022-23 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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