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Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

At Marian University, you will be prepared to be a creative leader with curiosity, discipline, and empathy. You will gain valuable hands-on experiences through our classes, department productions, and the opportunity to interact with arts organizations that call Marian University home. From your first day, you will work with theatre professionals who work with many of the top companies in our city, state, and region.

What else can you expect? We identify and produce plays that reflect our Franciscan values and Catholic heritage. We understand and seek to utilize the power of theatre to share our message and make a statement about our world.

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Why choose a B.A. in Theatre at Marian?

  • TheatreA theatre major prepares you with valuable skills that employers are looking for. You will gain leadership, communication, organization, teamwork, and problem-solving skills through hands-on learning about the theatre arts. 
  • Acquire broad knowledge and training. You'll collaborate and work with active, professional local theatre professionals, gaining understanding and awareness about how the theatre complements and engages with other academic discipline, like business and education. 
  • Get personal attention and one-on-one mentoring from faculty recognized for their teaching and professional expertise thanks to Marian’s close-knit campus community and small class sizes. Build relationships with professors and peers that last a lifetime. 
  • Complete courses taught by theatre professionals and faculty who work throughout the city, state, and region. 

    Theatre Major Sample Four-Year Plan

    Internship Opportunities

     The opportunities for internships abound and can be crafted to meet your unique skills and objectives. We have the connections to help you identify the right opportunity for you.

    Theatre2Over the previous 5 years Marian theatre students have completed internships with: 

    • The Lilly Theatre at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum
    • Indianapolis Shakespeare Company
    • Richmond Shakespeare Festival
    • Summer Stock Stage

    Some other possibilities nearby include: Indiana Repertory Theatre, The Phoenix Theatre, Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Actors’ Theatre of Indiana, The Arts Council of Indianapolis, Sapphire Theatre Company, The Helen Wells Agency, Young Actors Theatre, Summer Stock Stage, Indianapolis Opera, Conner Prairie Living History Museum, Broadway in Indianapolis, Asante Children’s Theatre, Indy Fringe, The Indiana History Center, Christian Youth Theatre, Indianapolis Men’s Chorus, The Red Barn Theatre, and Shawnee Summer Theatre. 

    What are your career paths?

    Earning a B.A. in theatre will prepare you to be part of the next generation of artists producing theatre, television, film, and new media. It also provides you with skills that can be applied in virtually any career that calls for: 

    • Good communication skills, including writing and public speakingTheatre3
    • Problem-solving skills like resourcefulness, versatility, and flexibility 
    • Collaboration, cooperation, and teamwork 
    • Creativity and critical thinking, especially in ways that may seem unconventional 
    • Initiative, meeting deadlines, filling seats, and selling out performances 
    • A can-do, positive, and “the show must go on” attitude

    So in addition to possible careers as an actor, director, producer, designer, technician, or any other artistic role within theatre or film, you can also consider a double major or theatre major with a specific minor to consider these other career options: 

    B.A. Theatre2nd Major or Minor Career Option
    Theatre Communication Publicist for actors, entertainers, or arts organizations. Social media or web content manager. Media relations specialist, corporate spokesperson, or press secretary. Script or news writer.
    TheatreEnglishFilm, TV, or theatre writer. Comedy, script, or speech writer. Author or novelist.
    Theatre FinanceFilm, TV, or theatre producer. Financial manager for an arts organization. Investment or venture capital manager.
    Theatre ManagementStage manager or show runner. Arts administrator, department head, or program manager.
    Theatre MarketingAdvertising specialist, marketing director, sales and ticketing manager, and digital or social media manager.
    Theatre Secondary educationHigh school drama teacher, acting coach, and film, TV, or theatre director.

    According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), here are employment projections for some of those professions:

    OccupationGrowth through 2026Median Salary (2016)
    Film and video editor; camera operator13 percent$58,210
    Producer or director12 percent$71,620
    Actor12 percent$17.49 per hour
    Administrative services manager10 percent$94,020
    Writer and author8 percent$61,820
    High school teacher8 percent$59,170
    Sales manager7 percent$121,060

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