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Degree: BA

Campus: Columbus, Lima

College: Arts and Sciences

Through a liberal arts curriculum, the theatre program at Ohio State prepares students as self-reliant theatre makers with rich understandings of the role of performance in contemporary society.

The theatre program does not require an audition. On admission to the university, students may declare a major in theatre. Each student is then assigned a faculty advisor from the Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts. 


Theatre students at Ohio State pursue a broad-based liberal arts degree in which they can focus on the aspects of theatre and performance studies that they are most passionate about.

The theatre program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre and designed for students who want to create, study, teach and work in the performing arts industry, and for those generally interested a liberal arts education. 



Students can take advantage of theatre-focused study abroad opportunities in London and Prague or participate domestically in a study tour of the Humana Festival for New American Plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Faculty advisors help students find internships in places such as the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville and La Jolla Playhouse. 

Theatre students may be interested in joining the Arts Scholars program, a community of Buckeyes passionate about art, music, theatre, dance, design, fashion, culinary arts and more. Members live in the same residence hall and have access to special lectures, workshops, excursions to museums and performances, a juried student art exhibition, a performance showcase and more.

Theatre students can (and often do!) work with faculty mentors to pursue a creative research interest. Recent examples include the creation and performance of identity-driven solo pieces and the self-production of classic musicals. Regardless of their interest, student researchers can take advantage of the university's Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute.

Theatre students may be interested in joining the Visual and Performing Arts Learning Community or one of over 150 creative and performing arts student organizations focused on everything from improv comedy to community activism. 


The basic skills of theatre making are broadly applicable to a variety of careers. Theatre graduates are practiced interpersonal communicators, project managers, writers, team leaders, and public speakers. Graduates are prepared for careers in the performing arts industry and beyond, as well as for graduate study. 

Some graduates direct, design and write for the theatre; others work as stage managers, theatre technicians, dramaturgs, box office managers, teaching artists and arts administrators. Beyond the theatre, graduates are often employed where expertise in theatre is valued, such as at theme parks, museums, digital media companies and educational institutions.

Fundamentally, the theatre program nurtures creativity while fostering critical inquiry, which is essential to the creation of innovative live performance.

  • Students will exhibit broad knowledge, appreciation and understanding of live theatrical performance as a diverse and malleable art form that can influence history, culture, politics and society.
  • Students will understand the technical, physical and vocal skills required by live performers and develop these skills in practical and theoretical contexts.

  • Students will understand the design, technology and management skills involved in theatrical production and develop these skills in practical and theoretical contexts.

  • Students will develop critical faculties as audience members and be able to encounter each theatrical work on its own terms.

  • Students will obtain experiences creating work as generative theatre practitioners.

  • Students will grasp the terrain of contemporary theatre practice and be prepared to apply their education to professional life or study.

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Each year, the New Works Lab features a variety of free student performances as part of the Lab Series, a student-run performance research laboratory.

On a grander scale, the proscenium-style Thurber Theatre and the thrust-style Roy Bowen Theatre host a regular production season.