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Explore the theatre arts bachelor's degree at UW-Eau Claire

Explore the world of acting, music and dance with a bachelor's degree in theatre arts at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. There is no role too small, and after completing our theatre arts program, you’ll be able to do them all! Curriculum is structured so that you have the chance to try everything, gaining skills and professional experience both on and off the stage.

Earning a degree in theatre arts from UW-Eau Claire opens doors to countless performance and learning opportunities. Explore courses in acting, directing, technical theatre, design, history and literature, and participate in dozens of productions and shows. Faculty experts and frequent guest performers bring diverse experiences, new techniques and industry best practices.

Here, you'll have the opportunity to explore. Join an arts-focused student org, study abroad or participate in our National Student Exchange Program. No matter your path, our theatre arts bachelor’s degree program will give you the guidance, tools and confidence needed to light up the stage and enrich your community.

We’ll help you land your role

Throughout our Music and Theatre Arts Department, you’ll find camaraderie, experienced and enthusiastic professors and your chance to step into the spotlight. Countless opportunities are available to you as early as your first year, whether you choose to take center stage with a lead role or manage the production behind the scenes. Our diverse curriculum will give you marketable and essential skills in several areas — costumes, set building and lighting design — making you a well-rounded and experienced professional.

Theatre arts degree scholarships

Support your college journey with scholarships! There are currently thousands of dollars in scholarships for students seeking a theatre arts degree from UW-Eau Claire. For example, the Calvin King Quayle Theatre Scholarship offers $1,000 to new or continuing students who show promise in theatre arts.

Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.

Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire

Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.

To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop-shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your theatre arts degree.

Learn more about our financial aid process at UWEC.

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Quick facts

Theatre arts program details
  • Program length: four years
  • Availability: campus
  • This major can be completed with or without a minor.  
  • This program is also available as a minor. 
Student organizations
  • Concert Dance Company
  • None of the Above (NOTA)
  • The Players
  • Two to Tango Dance Club
  • United States Institute for Technical Theatre (U.S.I.T.T)

Theatre arts bachelor’s degree program highlights

Arts-focused housing. UW-Eau Claire’s partnership with the Pablo Center gives you unparalleled access to the theatre facilities, and when you live in Haymarket Landing, those opportunities are right outside your front door. Built with music and theatre students in mind, the apartment-style residence hall is across the street from the Pablo Center, allowing you to stay close to the action.

The chance to try everything. As a theatre arts major, you will not only learn the fundamentals of theatre arts, but you will also have the flexibility to focus on specialized topics, including opera, dance and technical theatre. By completing practicums in subjects like costume shop and light and sound, you’ll gain additional theatre experience and leadership skills to help you reach your full potential.   

Performances galore. The theatre department offers four main-stage productions, a Theatre for Young Audiences touring production, student-directed Short Play Festivals, the New Playwrights Festival and a dance concert. Each of our productions take place in facilities with state-of-the-art equipment and acoustics.

Classes and faculty that make an impact. The theatre arts program gives you direct access to talented faculty who are excited to support your goals. Our smaller class sizes allow you to work one-on-one with your professors and peers who share the same passions as you.

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music, dance and theatre student orgs

What jobs can you get with a theatre arts degree from UWEC?

UWEC graduates leave with a well-rounded education and an impressive resume, making them ideal job candidates. Alumni go on to perform wherever their hearts take them — on Broadway or close to home at the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre.

Where are theatre arts alumni now?

Theatre arts careers

The department of music and theatre arts is the reason I call UWEC home. The staff genuinely cares about my success and the students have become lifelong friends. I cannot imagine who I would be without the talented and inspiring individuals who make up this facet of the university and encourage me to do what I love.

Dana Strothenke  |  Theatre Arts
May 2017 Blugold graduate Barry Inman

The role(s) of a lifetime

Theatre major Barry Inman has crafted quite the resume during his time at UW-Eau Claire. In fact, he participated in every main-stage production since he arrived on campus — 26 performances in total!

From costume designer to stage manager to house manager to actor, the freedom to explore different roles gave him incredible insight on how to bring together the many different people who make up a show. It has also helped him to build his skillset and discover his career aspirations.

“In this major, we all have to do a variety of show assignments, and that is something I thoroughly enjoy about the department,” he said. “I will leave the university with a multitude of skills and will be versatile in the workforce.”

Theatre arts bachelor’s degree program curriculum

UW-Eau Claire's theatre arts program will provide you with experience in acting, singing, dancing, directing and behind-the-scenes work. A variety of classes will introduce you to new topics and job opportunities, so you're able to pick a career path that you are passionate about.

Classes for theatre arts majors may include:

Learn more about the comprehensive theatre arts major in the UWEC course catalog

Learn more about the standard theatre arts major in the UWEC course catalog

Learn more about the theatre arts minor in the UWEC course catalog.

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