Small classes. High standards. Big dreams. These are the hallmarks of the theatre program at Aurora University, where you’ll become a part of a close-knit community dedicated to staging productions of professional quality. Our courses and productions will expose you to all aspects of theatre while you study with professional theatre artists. As you complete the major, you’ll be able to customize your program with electives and independent study courses to focus on the areas of the theatre most interesting to you. With two productions staged each year on campus and internship opportunities at professional theatres in the Chicagoland area, you’ll build a comprehensive portfolio and gain real-world experience.
To earn an undergraduate degree in theatre, you will complete at least 120 semester hours total in general education and theatre courses.
The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre includes:
- 29 semester hours of required theatre foundation courses and a senior capstone
- 9 semester hours of elective courses in areas such as acting, directing, stagecraft, history of theatre, playwriting and other special topics that will allow you to personalize the major
The minor in theatre includes:
- 18 semester hours, including nine semester hours of theatre foundation courses and nine semester hours of electives. At least one elective course must be in history of theatre or drama literature.
The theatre program at AU prepares students for a wide range of careers in the theatre and arts professions, including as actors, designers, technicians, arts administrators, directors, producers, writers, educators, agents and artists. Students also are prepared to enter graduate school in theatre-related fields.