B.A. in Theatre Arts
Discover your place through the creation of culturally relevant theatrical or cinematic works.
There are two paths to study theatre at the University of Mississippi. The generalist Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts focuses on critical thinking, production, and scholarship, and provides students the opportunity to tailor an academic program to their interests and skills. The Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees has three emphasis areas that provide focused, hands-on training for specialized careers in acting, design, and filmmaking.
The study of theatre and film encompasses all aspects of these industries, and students become skilled in creative expression, critical thinking, research, design, direction, and technology. The department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, which ensures a high-quality education. Students in the B.A. degree are eligible for performance, design, and production opportunities in all our mainstage shows as well as the student-run companies.
A liberal arts education prepares graduates to deal with complexity and change. They gain key skills in communication, problem-solving, and working with diverse groups. Related careers in theatre and film include acting, make-up design, playwriting, costume design, education, screenwriting, direction, lighting design, advertising, public relations, radio/television, law, marketing, human resources, sound design, set design, stage management, film production/editing, and theatre management.
The Department of Theatre & Film offers great performance, management, and design opportunities for all students, including freshmen, who can be cast in main-stage shows. The integration of theatre and film in our program ensures that students have opportunities to learn skills for work on stage and on screen. Not only do these opportunities prepare students to have diverse experiences for resumes, but they also provide students with a well-rounded education in many facets of the entertainment industry.
B.A. in Theatre Arts Faculty
Students enjoy a low student to teacher ratio in the Department of Theatre & Film at the University of Mississippi. We have core faculty in acting; cinema production and cinema acting; costume, scenic, and sound design; dance; musical theatre; dance; and theatre history.
A major in theatre arts for the B.A. degree requires the following courses: Theory, History and Literature courses (Thea 321, 322, 326, 327); Other Theatre requirements (Thea 120, 121, 338, 339, 499, and two of the following: 270, 271, or 272); and 10 hours of theatre electives. Eight hours of dance courses may be counted toward the major, with no more than four (4) hours from dance technique courses (Danc 151-154, Danc 251-254, Danc 351-355, Danc 451-455).
Admission requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts degree program are the same as the general undergraduate admission requirements.
During her undergraduate years, Austyn (2017) worked summer stock jobs as a teaching artist at Lexington Children's Theatre and as a director/choreographer at Florida Repertory Theatre. Since graduation, she completed a year of Service in Chicago Public Schools with AmeriCorps Project YES! and Adventure Stage Chicago. She is currently working as a freelance teaching artist, stage manager, and choreographer with a primary focus being Theatre for Young Audiences.
Why study theatre at UM?
"The Ole Miss Theatre & Film Department wants you to succeed. The professors provide so many opportunities for students to expand their horizons and really hone their craft, without creating a competitive classroom environment. They encourage students to use Ghostlight Repertory Theatre to create and produce work that is meaningful to them, and serve as mentors as necessary throughout the production process. The department runs rehearsals to industry standards, and to stay focused on their ultimate goal of getting their students hired, all of the casting/hiring information they provide in the classroom stays current and relevant. Because the department has expanded so rapidly over the last decade, there is truly something for everyone. Playwrighting, stage combat, film, arts administration, Commedia dell'Arte, costume design, production management, musical theatre dance, and so much more is available to study at the University of Mississippi."
Join Alpha Psi Omega, the theatre honor society, the student-run Ghostlight Repertory Theatre, or the Ole Miss Student Dance organization.