The Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts is a vital and vibrant major for those who are dedicated to theater and seeking preparation for a wide range of career options in the field. This degree combines performance training (all the same courses as B.F.A. students) with courses in design, playwriting, stage management, directing, dramaturgy or theater for young audiences.
As a Theater Arts major, you will take an interdisciplinary approach to the art form: encountering theater as part of a broader exposure to the study of culture and society—in keeping with the philosophy of a liberal arts education.
Bachelor of Arts degree candidates are full participants in the activities of the program, meaning you are eligible to enroll in all the same courses and to audition for the same Arcadia Theater productions as BFA candidates.
Arcadia's proximity to Philadelphia’s dynamic theatre community helps to connect you with industry professionals who work with us regularly as instructors and guest artists. Opportunities for internships and other professional work beyond campus abound.
The minor in Theater Arts will introduce you to the creative art of theatre in a flexible and individualized way. Combine your study of theater with another major. Students minoring in Theater Arts can audition for all Arcadia Theater productions and, with faculty approval, enroll in any course we offer.
The minor in Theater Arts includes 20 credits of coursework.
Arcadia University Theater provides theater majors and the entire campus community with a season of professional quality productions that showcase the talents, passions and dedication of our student artists. Our productions are directed, designed and choreographed by active professional artists from Philadelphia’s vibrant theatre community.
Students in the program can also gain performance experience through several student-run performance groups active on campus, including:
Under Siege Student Theater: a student group producing a variety of performances, showcases, workshops and readings
Improv Club: stages an evening of improv comedy each semester
Cabaret Club: presents a musical theater variety performance each semester
Meet our dedicated faculty of passionate and caring teachers, who are also accomplished professional theater artists.
“My professors at Arcadia gave me the skills I needed to work confidently in the professional theatre world. The years I've spent training in the BFA program helped me define the kind of artist I want to be. My professors are now my cast mates, and even now, long after graduation, I can still call on them for advice and support.” — Taysha Canales, BFA ’11
This is a course in the multiple aspects and practices of children's theater in America.
Theater for Young Audiences
This is a course in the multiple aspects and practices of children's theater in America. The course will examine the theatrical conventions and structures of this distinct area of Theater. The course will explore the multiple areas of children's theater from performance to puppetry. The course will include writing a paper on a children's theater or practitioner in America. The art of children's theater is a loss of our present inhibition and a willingness to rediscover the child within. We will discuss and explore all areas of performing for children. No previous experience required.