Theatre and Dance

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance

The Department of Theatre and Dance is a community of professional artists, scholars, and educators who value and practice the most collaborative art forms—art forms that explore the human condition, stimulate and engage our audience, and connect to a global, diverse community. 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. These commitments are reflected in the curriculum and the multitude of opportunities we provide for students to develop skills and apply their craft in the crucible of production.

Students looking for an excellent, challenging program with a rich history of success are attracted to our program for its great preparation at an affordable price.

Possible Careers

Theatre students make OUTSTANDING employees for their wide range of abilities, such as creative problem solving, time management, performance and public speaking, professionalism, attention detail, motivation, commitment, collaboration and teamwork, self-confidence, to name a few! They are well prepared to enter careers in:

  • Performers on both stage and screen
  • Theatre Directing
  • Theatre Management/Arts Management
  • Teaching
    • Acting
    • Directing
    • Dance
  • Public Relations
  • Foundation/Development

As well as advanced graduate study!

Why Choose Acting Theatre at WIU?

WIU offers some truly exciting undergraduate and graduate programs taught by a superb faculty of creative artists and scholars who are devoted to working with each student individually.

Some of Our Graduates:

The alumni of the theatre and dance programs at Western Illinois University have worked at many of the major theatre and dance companies in the country. Our recent grads are working in Chicago, New York, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles.

"I have appreciated the opportunities I have gotten as a Directing student at WIU. Whether working on small Studio shows or large Mainstage shows I feel my experiences will help me achieve my career goals."

~ Robert Hill (BA 2016)

Requirements for the BA program and all options are below.

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