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What is theatre?

The Department of Theatre offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre, providing you with a broad range of courses in both the theory and practice of acting and drama.

Why theatre at OSU?

OSU's theatre department annually produces four main stage and studio productions for the campus community. Acting, design and technology opportunities are available to you starting in your freshman year. Our faculty are working professionals who are devoted to mentoring and educating you, as well as maintaining their own scholarly and/or creative work off campus.

Career paths

This degree is designed to prepare students for careers in both theatre and the general entertainment industry – professional arenas with unique natures that require students to have a working knowledge of every component of the profession in order to succeed. Our graduates have pursued successful careers in a variety of fields:

540seats in the Vivia Nail Locke Theater

housed in the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts


  • Choose from three areas of emphasis: Performance, Design and Technology, or Comprehensive. All three provide a broad range of theatre courses in both theory and practice
  • Under the tutelage of the professional faculty, you are encouraged to participate in professional internships and conferences and to pursue summer employment opportunities in theatre
  • Courses to expect for this major include Stage Technology, Acting, Stage Makeup and Costume Design.


  • The Jerry L. Davis Studio Theatre seats 75 and is home to the Studio Season productions of the department. These shows are often student directed and designed
  • The Costume Lab is the location of all costume design and construction courses and labs. All costumes for departmental shows are constructed here
  • The Scene Lab is the location of all stage construction courses and labs. It is fully equipped with wood and steel working machinery for set and property construction.
  • The Design Lab doubles as a computer lab, which all theatre students have access to. It features both PC and Mac computers and is equipped with the latest design software and large format printers.

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