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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.


The Department of Theatre proudly presents an annual season of mainstage productions which showcase the acting and design talents of our students.

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led by Elizabeth Byland

The VCU Department of Theatre is hosting their first in-person Improv shows since before the pandemic!!!! Thursday December 2nd and Friday December 3rd at 7:00pm, come join us at the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts for two rowdy nights of laughter and fun! Tickets are $5 for each night (and free for Theatre department students! Tickets here.


The collaborative atmosphere, emphasis on communication and teamwork, emphasis on public speaking skills, and critical thinking of our curriculum can provide you with the skills to pursue many different paths. Not only do we have alumni working in all aspects of theatre and in film and television, but we also have alumni who are lawyers, healthcare professionals, writers, educators, business owners, designers, administrative professionals and more.

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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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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, and Lighting Design. The BFA curriculum and schedule is intense and focused.

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

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Our graduate programs provide students with a strong foundation of theatre studies synthesized with intense and professional practicum within their area of specialization. Program duration is contingent based on the student’s prior professional experience as well as area of study.

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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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