Theatre & Music Theatre Department

Majors, Minors, and Courses


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theatre

This conservatory-style program provides rigorous training in acting, singing and dancing for the student who demonstrates the talent and potential to pursue a career as a professional music theatre artist. The course work includes 8 semesters of private voice study and a minimum of 6 semesters of dance--ballet, tap, jazz, modern and music theatre. In addition to intensive training within these interrelated disciplines, you will complete core courses in acting, music theatre scene study, music theatre history, music theroy, piano, text analysis, auditioning, the business of theatre and theatre production – and, of course, the foundation liberal arts courses as part of the Viterbo University experience. 
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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre

This conservatory-style program is for students who demonstrate the talent, potential, commitment and drive needed to pursue careers as professional theatre artists. You may pursue a BFA emphasis in Acting, Design and Technical Production, or Stage Management. You'll deepen your understanding of theatre as a collaborative art form with courses in theatre history, dramatic literature, makeup, introductory design and technical production. You'll expand your knowledge and your personal horizons with our foundation liberal arts courses as part of the Viterbo University experience.
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Acting Emphasis
This emphasis is for the student who is serious about pursuing a career as a professional actor. The course work provides focused instruction in acting, voice and speech, movement, dance, text analysis, verse drama, period styles, dialects, stage combats, auditioning, and the business of theatre. Upon completion of the emphasis, students will be prepared to pursue a career in a theatre market of choice, or to pursue advanced training in an M.F.A. program.

Design and Technical Production Emphasis
This emphasis provides cross-disciplinary design and technical theatre training in scenic, lighting, costume and sound design, along with drafting, rendering, technical production and production management. You will tailor your program in your junior and senior years to more deeply investigate an area of concentration. Design-oriented students develop an aesthetic applicable to all aspects of theatre design while tailoring your experience to your specific interests. You’ll be prepared for advanced study or work in lighting, costume or scenic design. Technical production-oriented students will be prepared for advanced study in production management and technical direction or to pursue work as a master electrician, carpenter, scenic painter, props master, sound engineer or crafts artisan.  

Stage Management Emphasis
This emphasis provides comprehensive training to prepare you for a career as a professional stage manager in theatre, music theatre, dance and opera. In addition to stage management and the theatre core curriculum, you will expand your skills and understanding of theatre production through courses in directing, sound/video production, technical direction/management and music theatre history and literature. 


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Arts Administration

This program will prepare you to be an advocate for the arts with excellent leadership, managerial and administrative skills grounded in respect and a deep appreciation for the fine and performing arts. You will have a unique opportunity to gain invaluable “real-world” experience during your time in the program working for the renowned Viterbo University Fine Arts Center. The Center presents more than 30 touring shows a year on our stages.  Plus you benefit from dynamic business course work provided by the prestigious Dahl School of Business. 
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Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies

This program is for the student with broad and varied interest in theatre. Experiential course work in acting, design, stagecraft, costuming, text analysis, theatre history and literature will expand your awareness of the theatre as a collaborative art form. Plus, you’ll benefit from hands-on practice in all aspects of theatre production. This degree is recommended for students interested in becoming theatre scholars or administrators and those planning to earn graduate degrees to teach at the university level. Graduates will be prepared to work in the professional theatre or in allied areas. Theatre training has contributed to successful careers in law, social work, event planning, arts advocacy, politics and many other fields. 

Bachelor of Science in Theatre Education

This program is for the student who aspires to be a secondary school theatre educator. The curriculum provides you with the necessary tools to build strong theatre education programs in a public or private school setting. Core classes in the theatre department are combined with courses in the School of Education to create a solid foundation for beginning a career teaching high school theatre. You’ll also benefit from hands-on training in all aspects of theatre production. Theatre education majors are strongly encouraged to complete a teaching minor in a discipline of their choice, allowing for another area of potential teaching certification.
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Course Descriptions

A list of courses is available through the Searchable Course Catalog.