Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

No new enrollment will be accepted into the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre after September 1, 2016.

The Department of Theatre and Dance offers a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, with an emphasis in general theatre for students seeking careers in teaching, production, directing, management or performance, for students seeking careers in acting/directing or entrance into graduate MFA performance programs. It also offers an Interdisciplinary Theater/Dance Major, a minor in theatre arts and a minor in dance. Both majors and minors are for students interested in pursuing theatre as a vocation or avocation.

Majors in the Department of Theatre and Dance explore a variety of dramatic texts and enjoy opportunities for intensive study and performance in an ensemble style with active participation in all aspects of theatre production, learning the skills necessary to create a balance between acting, directing, production planning and technical skills. Two special features of the major are an internship in which the student will work with one of several professional theatre organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the opportunity for seniors to produce and direct or design a short play as part of the Theatre Arts Department season.


Minor in Dance will not be offered after September 1, 2016.
The dance curriculum provides a strong program in technical dance, choreography and performance, and theatrical dance education. Students in the dance minor are expected to contribute to the courses and studio activities in which dance performance pieces are developed and rehearsed in preparation for the annual Spring Dance Concert. Courses in the NDNU Dance program are open to students from all majors.

See the NDNU General Catalog for program requirements and course descriptions (theatre, dance).

Emerging Artist Scholarships

The Department of Theatre and Dance offers several Emerging Artist Scholarships to qualified undergraduates annually. Prospective students interested in a scholarship should contact Michael Elkins or Mary Hill for an audition application. For more information, visit the Emerging Artist Scholarship page.

Admission Requirements

NDNU admits students for fall and spring semesters. Please visit Admissions for complete admission requirements.


NDNU Admissions

Michael Elkins
Chair, Department of Theatre and Dance