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Theatre Arts

Students studying theatre learn from experienced faculty and professional actors in a master-apprentice environment as part of our top-ranked School of Performing Arts. Our theatre program is ranked #6 in the country by The Princeton Review.

  • Complete your degree in three years, two summers.
  • Choose an emphasis in acting, musical theatre, directing, stage management or scenic, costume and lighting design.
  • Enjoy numerous opportunities to perform alongside professional guest artists in the Macklanburg Playhouse Company.
  • Learn the ins-and-outs of producing an entire show as part of the student-run Warehouse Theatre Company.
  • Spend your first summer learning skills from guest artists in our Summer Theatre Institute.
  • Gain professional experience your second summer at Okoboji Summer Theatre, our stock theatre company in Spirit Lake, Iowa.
  • Learn about the art and business of children’s theatre through the TRYPS Institute at Stephens College—a popular children’s theatre company located on campus that offers programming year-round. 

Stephens College offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts.

Theatre Arts is part of the School of Performing Arts. Other programs in this school include:

  • Dance
  • Music: Vocal Performance (formerly Vocal Arts)
  • Musical Theatre
  • Theatrical Costume Design
  • Theatre Management
  • Professional Conservatory Training Program

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