Theatre Arts

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Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts
Major
School of Arts and Sciences
Four-Year Degree

Overview

When we fear failure, we avoid risk; when we avoid risk, we stunt our creativity. As a theatre student, you’ll be challenged to take creative chances—to push yourself beyond what you thought you were capable of. You’ll work closely with classmates and professors who encourage you to explore and experiment as you find your voice. Together, you’ll discover what you’re passionate about and create worlds that have the power to captivate your audiences.

Who It's For

The Theatre Arts program is targeted to students who want to become strong actors, directors, designers, technicians, and theatre administrators who create inspiring and challenging work. Students are passionate, curious, and creative—always hungry to explore the unknown.

Key Benefits

  • Intimate class sizes encourage intensive, in-depth exploration
  • A collaborative environment encourages you and your classmates to support and challenge one another
  • A mixture of classics, contemporaries, musicals, original plays, and devised works gives you an opportunity to explore a wide range of thought-provoking topics about socially relevant issues
  • Experimentation, collaboration, and individual creativity are cornerstones of the program that allow you to continuously rediscover the dynamic quality of the theatrical process
  • Connections to major theatre companies in town (including Pinnacle Acting Company, the Classical Greek Theatre Festival, and the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival) that gives you access to internships and learning opportunities off campus

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Attend an upcoming theatre performance and see how Westminster students put the skills they hone in the classroom to work on the stage.

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About the Program

With classes as small as 11 students, it’s nearly impossible to go unnoticed in Westminster’s theatre program. You’ll work side-by-side with devoted professors who are passionate about helping you succeed, and collaborate with classmates who push you to do your very best.

Performing is a huge part of the program. You’ll have the chance to tackle major roles even as a first-year student, and have access to 2 performance spaces (1 proscenium and 1 black box) and spacious scene and costume shops. Westminster is also in the process of expanding Florence J. Gillmor Hall, creating enhanced classroom, rehearsal, and performance spaces.

What You'll Learn

  • Develop the skills needed to produce creative, expressive, and distinctive work on the page, on-stage, and backstage.
  • Develop an appreciation for the role of story as the driving energy in all theatrical work—artistic and academic.
  • Become a leader capable of facilitating the collaborative, ensemble environment that is the hallmark of great theatre.
  • Embrace your role as an inductee into the community of theatre artists.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think, write, and speak self-reflectively, analytically and fluently, about your own and other’s work.
  • Expand your personal, social, and global understanding through engagement in a diverse array of theatre work on campus and in the community.
  • Explore the connection between physical, mental, and emotional health and successful theatre work.
  • Demonstrate core artistic and academic competencies that inform all theatre studies. 
  • Discover the value of authentic inquiry, risk-taking, effective self-evaluation, active listening, spontaneous generosity, and insatiable curiosity.

Plan of Study

During your first 2 years in the program, you’ll explore a wide range of classes including acting, costuming, stagecraft, and dance. As you begin to specialize your craft, you can choose from advanced classes like musical theatre, directing, stage lighting, and dramatic theory and criticism, while utilizing your theatre training hands-on in productions on campus and throughout the Salt Lake community.

The Theatre Arts Program offers 3 degrees. All students enter the program on track to graduate with a bachelor of arts in theatre. If you want to pursue a bachelor of fine arts, you must audition/interview in your sophomore year to be accepted into the degree track.


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Faculty members often arrange additional opportunities in a student's field of study with partner organizations.

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

The bachelor of arts in theatre allows you to explore a wider range of studies in performance and backstage. This is also a great option if you’d like to double major.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre

Performance Emphasis

The bachelor of arts in theatre with a performance emphasis is designed to prepare you for a professional career as an actor. You’ll take rigorous courses focused on styles of acting, voice work, movement, and audition techniques. To complete your degree, you’ll select and prepare a repertoire to market yourself as an actor and audition for future theatre work or graduate programs.

Production and Design Emphasis

The bachelor of arts in theatre with a production and design emphasis is set up to help you design and produce an effective portfolio that showcases your knowledge, skills, and personal qualities that will help you secure future theatre work or pursue graduate studies.


Sample Courses

Devised Theatre
In this course, you and your classmates will work as a cohort to create and perform a piece, borrowing from the idea of the Living Newspaper, where the script originates from the entire group (rather than from a specific writer) and pulls inspiration and materials from current events.

Technical Internship
In this course, you will use your classroom knowledge for practical experience at companies including Salt Lake Acting Company and Pioneer Theatre.

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Career Opportunities

You’ll graduate with a comprehensive theatre education and in-depth training. Many students go on to professional careers in film and television, while others have chosen to continue their education in graduate programs, such as a MFA.

Potential Careers

  • Actor
  • Dramaturge
  • Teacher

Student Success

  • Graduates of the Theatre Arts program are accepted into MFA programs around the world.
  • 93% of students who apply to graduate programs are admitted.

Other Theatre Arts Programs

The Theatre Arts program also offers a minor, which is a great addition to the Arts Administration program or the Dance program.

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Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

Westminster College knows you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. Westminster will work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, Westminster helps you make it happen.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, Westminster students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

Average Cost After Financial Aid

$14,042 ($7,021 per semester)

Cost Breakdown (2018–2019)

  • Tuition: $34,000
  • Room: $5,526
  • Board: $3,164

Financial Aid

Average Total Financial Aid

$27,834 (merit scholarship, work-study, grants and loan funds)

Scholarships

You’ll be automatically considered for scholarship and grant opportunities.

In addition to general merit scholarships, there are other scholarship programs to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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