The theatre program offers a major, minor, and musical theatre minor. Visit our Academics Page for more information.
American Players Theatre Trips - Every fall, the theatre program provides students with the opportunity to attend plays at the American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wis. Students are offered discount tickets and transportation is provided. It is vital that theatre students experience as much live theatre as possible, and APT is a wonderful professional theatre just a short drive away.
Milwaukee Repertory Theatre Trips - The theatre program also organizes trips to see shows put on by the Milwaukee Rep. Past productions attended include Next to Normal and A Raisin in the Sun.
Winterganza - Our end of the fall semester holiday gathering takes place on the Thursday of the last week of classes in December and includes food, fun, a white elephant gift exchange, and gingerbread house making contests.
Drama Prom - Our end of the year banquet takes place on the Thursday of our last week of classes in May. A "formal" affair, the evening consists of dinner, awards and scholarships, elections of new Pioneer Players officers, dancing, and a chance to celebrate the end of another theatre season.
Internships and Job Opportunities
Theatre majors and minors are strongly encouraged to pursue internships and summer theatre work. Graduates are encouraged to start their job and graduate school searches early. There are many opportunities around the country, and there are many online resources out there for students. Here are a few links to help get you started.
The Heartland Festival - In UW-Platteville's own summer stock theatre festival, students can work alongside theatre professionals as carpenters, electricians, stitchers, actors, stage managers, or designers.
Offstagejobs.com - This is a resource for long-term, short-term, and last minute jobs in the theatre.
Midwest Theatre Auditions and Interviews - Held in St. Louis, these auditions attract theatres from around the country looking for actors and technicians.
University Resident Theatre Association (URTA) Unified Auditions and Interviews - The National Unified Auditions and Interviews (NUAIs) are conducted each winter in New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco, with hundreds of candidates participating from around the world. Students interested in acting, design, directing, theatre technology, stage management, and theatre management are provided the opportunity to audition and interview for numerous positions with a variety of graduate training programs. Occasionally, there are also opportunities for seasonal employment with summer theatre companies, Shakespeare festivals, and other professional producing organizations—though most recruiters are seeking students for their graduate programs.