As part of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Theatre Arts Department is committed to a liberal arts education for undergraduate students. The ancient art of theatre is most fully understood and exists at its deepest and most intimate level through the creation of performances shared with an audience. Doing so demands a deep array of knowledge and skill combined with a professional attitude and work ethic that can serve students throughout their lives in whatever profession they choose.

We believe that these goals, abilities, and attitudes should be evident daily in both our classrooms and our rehearsal rooms. Students who internalize this way of thinking and working are prepared extraordinarily well for any goal they pursue in the future.

The Theatre Arts department fosters creativity, collaboration, discipline, and artistic growth in its students and embraces the theatre as a means of creative expression, cultural understanding, social development, and historical perspective.

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The University offers a B.S. in Theatre Arts which trains students in the fine art of theatre, voice, movement, scene study, and design and also teaches the historical and literacy context of the theatre as a humanist and liberal art. This knowledge includes the ability to understand the theatre arts, to appreciate them, and to create works of art that enhance the human condition. All students are exposed to the diversity of multicultural theatre.

Major in Theatre Arts

Minor in Theatre Arts

Minor in Black Performance Studies in the African American Theatre Program

Master of Fine Arts in Performance

Graduate Certificate in African American Theatre

The Theatre Arts program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

Theatre Arts majors will find careers in onstage and behind the stage of productions both large and small. TA majors can apply their ability to think analyze scripts, interpret and research historical context of characters, and communicate effectively and clearly. The professionalism that TA majors will ascertain here at the University of Louisville will make them invaluable assets to any production team. Listed below are some common careers that Theatre Arts majors can expect to find.

  • TV and Film Actor
  • Director/Producer
  • Booking Agent
  • Scenic Designer
  • Film Editor
  • Advertising
  • Theatre Production