Department of Theatre

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About VCUarts Theatre

The Department of Theatre educates and trains students in the fields of performance, design / technology, and theatre pedagogy. The department provides students with the professional and cultural foundations essential for achieving the highest standards of the art of theatre.

Our faculty and alumni practice their craft as artists locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. They work on the stage, in TV and films, author books in their disciplines, and hold elected offices in some of the nation’s most prestigious organizations. Collectively, the faculty and staff pride themselves on their ability to help you bridge the gap between life as a student and life as a professional beyond VCU.

The faculty and staff of the Department of Theatre at VCUarts unequivocally condemn all forms of bigotry, racism, and anti-Blackness. We are determined to support all our students by mindfully creating a culture of both safety and accountability within our department where BIPOC students feel seen and all our students feel valued.

Read the department’s entire Anti-Racism Statement here.


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UP NEXT: "Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde"

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde
By Moisés Kaufman
Directed by Freddie Ashley
Performances February 23rd-26th
Read more and see the full 22-23 season here. Tickets here.

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The department takes pride in our mainstage season which showcases the acting and design talents of our students. You can visit past production photos, videos, playbills and more in our archive.

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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre

The BFA track is a competitive pre-professional training program with concentrations in Performance, Musical Theatre, Scenic Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design, and Stage Management. The BFA curriculum and schedule is intense and focused.

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Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

The BA track is designed for students who desire a strong emphasis in theatre combined with a liberal arts education and a minor in another course of study. Students in our BA program pursue interests in areas such as Business, English, Mass Communications, Gender Studies, and Religious Studies to name a few.

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The department offers a Minor in Theatre and a Minor in Musical Theatre.

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MFA in Theatre Pedagogy

The Master of Fine Arts in Theatre with a concentration in theatre pedagogy is individually tailored to prepare early- to mid-career theatre professionals to enter the field of teaching at the university or college level.

Our master’s program provides graduate level students with the necessary tools toward creating their own teaching practice and philosophy.

MFA in Costume Design

The MFA in Theatre with a concentration in Costume Design provides the foundation of theatre studies synthesized with intense and professional practicum. The MFA program in Costume Design/Technology implements professional and cultural experiences essential for achieving the highest standards of theatre.

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Faculty & Staff

Meet the VCUarts Theatre Faculty and Staff. Our mission is to educate and train theatre students as theatre professionals and/or academicians in the field of performance, design, technology, or theatre pedagogy.

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Read more about VCUarts Theatre facilities.

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Current Students

Information for current students including handbooks, department communications, and links to student organizations.

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