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Theatre Studies

Bachelor of Arts

Most programs in the UCF School of Performing Arts require an audition or interview.

The B.A. Theatre program is designed to prepare students for the multitude of careers in theatre and entertainment that support the work that takes place on the stage. The program offers flexibility for students to purse the career path of their choice or provide the foundation for continuing study at the graduate level.

What career can I work toward with a B.A. Theatre Studies degree?

Students are required to combine their B.A. Theatre degree with a secondary area of study as a minor or major that align with their career interest. See the list below of several possible career paths and secondary areas of study students pursue:

  • Producer | Finance, Business or Marketing
  • Arts Administrator | Non-Profit Management, Marketing, Business
  • Playwright or Dramaturg | Creative Writing
  • Theatre Historian or Dramaturg | History
  • Theatre Educator | Education
  • Entertainment Lawyer | Pre-Law
  • Arts Reporter or Critic | Journalism

What opportunities do B.A. Theatre students have?

B.A. Theatre students take the same core classes as all theatre majors to provide a thorough foundation. The remainder of credits are fulfilled by theatre elective credits, allowing flexibility to pursue specific interests. B.A. Theatre students are welcome to audition for Theatre UCF shows and to work with technical faculty and staff to participate in backstage areas of our productions. Many also become involved with theatre-producing student groups and take part in an independent study course in cooperation with Central Florida Community Arts.

Application Requirements

Students must apply and be accepted through both the UCF School of Performing Arts and UCF Undergraduate Admissions. It is encouraged to apply to both UCF Undergraduate Admissions and the UCF School of Performing Arts as early as possible. The school can provisionally accept students prior to being accepted by UCF Undergraduate Admissions but cannot offer official acceptance of study until students receive their UCF acceptance.

The faculty evaluates students desiring to become majors via an application process. All prospective students must prepare and provide the following:

  • Résumé
  • Transcripts of prior colleges. Transcripts for all programs can be unofficial. Official transcripts must be submitted to the University for transfer credits to be officially evaluated for substitution.
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For students who are interested in pursuing acting, musical theatre, design and technology or stage management, please apply for the BFA track in that specialization.

Which theatre degree is right for you?

B.A. Theatre Studies BFA Acting BFA Musical Theatre BFA Design and Technology BFA Stage Management
Total University credit hours required 120 129 129 129 129
General Education credits required 36 36 36 36 36
Theatre core credits required 24 24 24 24 24
Total Theatre credit hours required 49 93 93 93 93
Minor or second major required yes no no no no
Internship required no yes yes yes yes
Theatre elective credit hours required 22 15 9 9 9
More than one required acting class no yes yes no yes
More than one required stagecraft class no no no yes yes
Foreign Language Required yes no no no no
Dance Classes Required no yes yes no no
Includes Private Voice Lessons no no yes no no
Number Accepted Per Year (avg.) 60 16 16 16 12
Able to Audition for Department Productions yes – Optional yes – Required yes – Required N/A N/A


Kristina Tollefson
Coordinator, Undergraduate Theatre Studies
[email protected]

Alumni Highlights

Robert Miller Jr. ’00
Managing Director, Ocean State Theatre Company, RI

Hallie Kilman ’18
Assistant General Manager, RCI Theatricals, Broadway

Gabriela Mercado ’19
Production Coordinator, Disney Theatricals NYC

Frank Cardillo ’98
Front of House Manager, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY; Self-produced ensemble had musical Blood selected as a Next Link Project of the 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival

Michael (Christopher) Rodney
Represented by Brevard Talent Group; Guest starred in USA Network’s Burn Notice and Graceland

Cesar Hawas ’05
Special Envoy, Sleep No More, Broadway, New York, NY

Sarah Caitlin Martin ’11
M.A. in Theatre Education, Emerson College; Guest Director and Full-Time Staff for School of Theatre at Boston University

Keith Saltojanes ’06
Actor, Off-Broadway, With a Little Help… It’s John Belushi!

Stephen Halpin ’07
Artistic Director, Baggy Pants Theater, Orlando, FL

Kyle Ann Lacertosa ’05
Director of Performing Arts, Cardinal Mooney High School, Sarasota, FL

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