BFA: Theatre Studies

The BFA Theatre Studies Program focuses on the practical application of theatre scholarship and explores theatre production as a collaborative art form that is grounded in theory, criticism, history, research, and writing.

What a Lovely War StoriesThe theatre studies concentration is intended to lay the groundwork for students planning to pursue professional careers in areas of theatre for which advanced training or specialization at the graduate level is normally required. These areas include directing, dramaturgy, playwriting, social issues theatre, arts management, and theatre history and criticism.

Emphasis is given to a comprehensive study of theatre practices of the past, material participation in theatre practices of the present, and the discovery and application of theatre practices for the future.

After graduation, recent theatre studies students have pursued careers as arts administrators, directors, writers, theatre managers, casting directors, and performers. Many graduates have also pursued advanced degrees in theatre.

Theatre Studies students have many opportunities to employ practical applications of theatre scholarship. The flexibility of the curriculum allows for a high degree of individual exploration. In consultation with faculty mentors, students may integrate study abroad and professional internships as part of their degree program. The Theatre Studies also offers the possibility of pursuing minors or secondary areas of study.



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INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre

INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre addresses complex, timely and often difficult social issues that connect deeply to the university community(ies) and beyond, through performances followed by post-performance audience dialogues.

Recognizing the event of live theatre as a rare and non-trivial dynamic juncture in a social space occupied not only by people but also by possibility, INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre commits itself to the cultivation of this social space for rich civic dialogue vital to the wellness of community.

With an eye on civic engagement and social justice, we concern ourselves with where and how change might be made.

The program provides an opportunity for students to be actively engaged in creating and performing social issues theatre through the student driven INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre ensemble and other courses which students may take for academic credit.

INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre is sponsored by the Counseling Center and Illinois Theatre at the University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign