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Theatre (BA)


At SVSU, the Theatre program seeks to provide opportunities for individuals to develop their creative talents through study and application. As an incentive for those in the program, students are offered an immersive scholarship experience that involves an auditioning process and selective criteria, which introduces them to the familiarities of true theatrical involvement from behind-the-scenes. Exploration of perspectives of theatre in Western civilization, cognizance of dramatic literature and the development of artistic outlets combine to provide SVSU students with a sound understanding of theory and practice. Live theatrical productions provide the individual, the university community and the community at large with opportunities for artistic and cultural growth.

Cardinal Points

  • Facilities such as the Dance/Movement Room and the Scene Shop are made available to all Theatre students.

  • SVSU offers theatrical scholarships which incorporate an auditioning process and other selective criteria.

  • SVSU offers students the opportunity to join Alpha Psi Omega, an honor society for students performing at a higher standard of work in dramatics.

The performance arts curriculum at SVSU includes a strong foundation in theatre-based work with extensive exposure to theatrical history, acting, stagecraft and so much more. Students will flourish with the use of the Dance/Movement Room and the Scene Shop which caters to the real-world needs of dedicated performers, while also educating students on behind-the-scenes operations.

Highlighted Courses

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Key Electives

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Complementary Minors/Majors

Our Students After Graduation...


The Children's Theatre Company
The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
Actors Theatre of Indiana
Perseverance Theatre
Indiana Repertory Theatre
Asolo Theatre
Florida Studio Theatre
Walt Disney Studios
Spoleto Festival
Carnival Cruise Lines
Disney Cruise Lines
Work Light Productions
Simon Casting

Career Opportunities

School Engagement Coordinator
Theatre Arts Training Education Associate
Voice-Over Talent
Production Assistant/Prop Designer
Company Manager
Professor Actor
Casting Director
Lighting Designer

  • 12% projected growth for employment of actors with a Bachelor’s degree through 2026. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • $63,800 is the median yearly pay for an actor in the U.S. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • With a bachelor’s degree from SVSU’s Theatre program, students are prepared for a multitude of careers in both the private and public sectors and may work in various settings, including production studios, theatres, theme parks, cinema and more!

Cardinal Successes

These stories offer insight into how SVSU students have turned their education into successful opportunities yielding real-world success.

Jessica Hurley

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Jared Kaufman

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Fully integrated into social networks, SVSU Connect is a valuable networking space dedicated to the community of SVSU students, faculty and alumni which cultivates a culture of helping and giving back. In addition to connecting with each other, students at all points along their journey can reach out to alumni mentors for guidance and insight into making the most of their SVSU experience and successfully transitioning into life after graduation.