Theatrical Studies

B.A./B.S. Theatrical Studies

The Theatrical Studies Option is intended for students who desire a broad-based education in theatre and intend to pursue careers in playwriting, arts administration, theatre history/criticism, dramaturgy, or casting, or who want to pursue a master's or doctoral degree. 

Our low student-to-faculty ratio encourages the individuality of each student. Theatrical Studies students receive personalized, hands-on advising and mentoring with an emphasis on developing and nurturing each student's creativity, curiosity, and collaborative skills. Faculty members have diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise in multiple disciplines, allowing each student to craft an individualized four-year course of study.


The B.A./B.S. Theatrical Studies curriculum offers the following:

  • Coursework focusing on the whole theatre artist:  theory and practice are equally valued.
  • An undergraduate-only program that allows students to learn experientially beginning freshman year
  • Immersive learning opportunities to collaborate with students from other disciplines on projects with real-world impact
  • Active award-winning participant in ACTF (American College Theatre Festival)

The Theatrical Studies option requires 58 credits hours. Students are required to take a core curriculum of 32 hours and 26 elective hours of theatre and performance studies courses. Choice of electives is determined by each individual student's career goals.

Playwriting Week is a major initiative of the Theatrical Studies option.  Every year, professional playwrights from around the country visit Ball State and teach classes and workshops, and Ball State students participate in staged readings of the visiting playwrights' and student playwrights' new works.  Take a look at some of our photos from Playwriting Week here!

Please click on the link below to learn more about the Theatrical Studies Curriculum and the 8 semester student plan:

All 8-Semester Plans for All Departmental Majors

More Information

For complete information on program requirements, please consult the Ball State University Undergraduate Catalog or contact the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Theatrical Studies (dramaturgy focus) alum and current Theatre and Dance Departmental Advisor Colin Hart won both the Provost's Outstanding Senior Award and the prestigious Udall Scholarship when he was a student here. Click here to read the Udall Scholarship article.

Pictured: Colin Hart with Ball State President Terry King

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Auditions and Interviews 2016-2017