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The primary goal of the Department of Theatre and Dance is to develop skilled and creative student artists for careers in theatre, dance and related arts.

Possible Careers

Theatre majors are prepared to enter careers in:

  • Professional acting or directing
  • Stage Management
  • Arts Management
  • Design: costumes, lighting, scenery, sound
  • Public Relations
  • Graphic Design/Communication
  • Animation


Why Choose Theatre at WIU?

Students can choose the Bachelor of Arts Theatre major with options in Acting, Directing or Production/Design and pair it with a complimentary minor. Students can also choose a Musical Theatre program, leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. No minor is required with the BFA.

Any WIU student can participate in Mainstage and Studio productions and the "Bring Your Own Play" student-written plays during the academic year.

Our standard of excellence demands the celebration of individuality within the collaborative process, empowering the student to begin a lifelong career of artistic risk-taking and self-discovery.


Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre

At A Glance

  • Degree Available: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Minor Available? Yes
  • Graduate Degree Available? Yes
  • Campus: Macomb
  • Study Opportunities: GradTrac, Honors

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