What you'll learn studying Theatre at UW-Platteville 

Explore the topics of acting, directing, voice, movement, stagecraft, design, theatre styles, history, critical theory, and dramatic literature in the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Department of Performing and Visual Arts.

When you pursue a Bachelor of Arts in fine arts with an emphasis or a minor in theatre, you’ll learn the fundamentals and specialized knowledge needed to analyze and understand theatre theories and practices. There are multiple opportunities for you to participate in live theatrical productions every year. 

The theatre emphasis complements a host of majors such as English, business, education, engineering, industrial technology, and music, but is open to all majors. Many students double major in fine arts-theatre and another field. Experience a project from inception to completion and learn to work as a team with the fine arts-theatre major and theatre and musical theatre minors. Theatre provides practical and theoretical skills that will be invaluable to future careers in any field.

Even if you are not interested in pursuing a theatre career after graduation, taking an acting course can help you develop skills that transfer well in a range of professions. For example, studying theatre can help you learn and hone skills such as active listening, public speaking, presentation, memorization, organization, writing and editing, time management, and teamwork.

In this program, you’ll experience a theatrical project from inception to completion and learn to work as part of a team. More than simply an acting degree, the Theatre Studies program will provide you with practical and theoretical skills that will be invaluable to your future career in any field you wish to pursue.

Careers in Theatre 

For graduates seeking to work in the theatre field, many potential career opportunities await. 

Some of the most popular choices for UW-Platteville theatre majors and minors include:

  • Audio-visual technician
  • Box office manager
  • Broadcaster
  • Casting director
  • Choreographer
  • Community arts coordinator
  • Costume designer
  • Creative director
  • Drama teacher
  • Lighting technician
  • Makeup artist
  • Prop manager
  • Publicist
  • Set designer
  • Sound technician
  • Stagehand
  • Theatre librarian
  • Theatre operations manager
  • Voice coach
  • Voiceover actor
  • Wardrobe specialist

Working in theatre often means keeping a varied, irregular schedule. While some actors thrive on the challenges that come with frequently auditioning for new roles, others who want to work in this field choose behind-the-scenes roles that can provide greater job security.

Discover by doing

At UW-Platteville, you will learn inside the classroom, on the theatre stage, and through exciting experiential opportunities. Whether you’re pursuing a bachelor’s degree or minor in theatre, you can participate in research projects, internships, university events, and more.

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