Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre trains multifaceted, entrepreneurial theatre artists for sustainable lives in the arts.  

It is an intense, interdisciplinary course of study allowing a broad range of exploration of theatre as an artistic, scholarly and social discipline. Students earning this degree are prepared for the intellectual and aesthetic challenges of the contemporary theatre as artists and leaders whose expertise spans more than one facet of the discipline. BA Theatre Arts students develop deep skills in collaborative creative problem solving; written, verbal and visual communication; critical thinking and project management.

This degree is flexible. Each BA Theatre Arts student tailors a unique course of study, focusing on developing their skills and voice as an artist and taking advantage of the depth of coursework available at Illinois Wesleyan both within the School of Theatre Arts and across the university. 

The program is designed for those who:

  • Have multiple areas of interest in theatre.
  • Aspire to professional careers in artistic leadership, theatre scholarship, applied theatre, educational theatre or other disciplines requiring a broad understanding of theatre arts and theatre's role in society. Students build skills in these areas across Illinois Wesleyan’s curriculum, supplementing their theatre courses with coursework, minors or second majors in areas such as Business, Education or English.
  • Plan to double major in Theatre Arts and a second area.
  • Plan to teach at the high school level. In Illinois, students are required to declare a major in another area and to satisfy certification requirements in education. The student's teaching certificate lists theatre as a secondary area of expertise.

Theatre Arts Course Plan


Alumni Spotlight

Kyle Blair

Kyle Blair, BA '09 

Actor in national tours with the National Players and at Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre Beauty and the Beast, Guys and Dolls, and Chess. Working as an associate company member at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, TN appearing in Avenue Q, Annie, The Vibrator Play, Spring Awakening, and A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline.
Charles Haughland

Charles Haugland, BA '07

Artistic programs and dramaturgy with Huntington Theatre Company, Literary Manager/Dramaturgy Actor's Theatre of Louisviille
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Nic Dimond, BA '93

Actor and director who returned to Chicago's Strawdog Theatre Company in the fall of 2002 for their 15th-season opener: a bold, new interpretation of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. He was joined by Carm Grisolia '91 as Octavius and Shannon Hoag '00 as Portia. Bel Calvert '02 functioned as the play's dramaturg. He directed Lonnie Carter's Ring-o-Levio at Victory Gardens in spring, 2003.

Larry Shue

Larry Shue, BA '69

Actor and playwright. Plays include The Nerd and The Foreigner; acting credits included One Life to Live and the Alan Alda film Sweet Liberty. Sadly, Larry died at age 39 in a crash of a commuter plane in the Shenandoah Valley.