Explore the theatre bachelor’s degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage
With an emphasis on investigating issues and expanding conversations in the community,
the bachelor’s degree program in theatre at UAA helps you gain a multidisciplinary
and multicultural perspective on artistic performance and technical production.
Theatre scholarships and financial aid
Apply for scholarships from the College of Arts and Sciences, UAA and private funders. Learn more from the UAA Office of Financial Aid.
Theatre production and dance performances
Housed in UAA’s Fine Arts Building, the bachelor’s degree program in theatre utilizes the Mainstage Theatre and the Harper Studio Theatre to showcase student work, including three to four theatre productions and two dance performances each year.
Theatre and dance student organizations
Join some of the most active students on campus and participate in Wolfpack Theatre Club, Dance Club, Dance Ensemble and Friday Acting Labs, as well as dozens of other UAA student clubs and activities.
Work with academic advisors in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as program faculty advisors in your area of emphasis, to develop a personalized plan and stay on track to earn your theatre degree.
Honors in theatre
Earn departmental honors by fulfilling grade and GPA requirements and completing a senior thesis that culminates in a public performance or presentation. Several theatre majors have also won Honors Undergraduate Research Awards to support independent, creative projects.
Did you know..
An Intro to Theatre Production class practiced their costume-making skills to help UAA alumna and dog musher Meredith Mapes, B.A. Theatre ’16, make 1,000 booties for her sled dog racing team. Mapes qualified to compete in the 2018 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
What can you do with a theatre degree from UAA?
With a comprehensive liberal arts education focused on performance and technical skills,
you will be well prepared for graduate school or a career in performance arts.
Theatre graduate programs
Theatre alumni have been accepted into Master of Fine Arts graduate programs across the country, such as Pace University, University of Alabama, Sarah Lawrence College and the University of California San Diego. Others have continued their education in graduate school programs such as these:
Jobs for theatre majors
Find success in the film industry as an actor, dancer, writer, producer, director, stage manager or designer. You can also put your knowledge and skills in performance and production to work outside of theatre in roles such as these:
- Tour guide
- Broadcast and sound engineering technician
- Business manager
- Musician or singer
By the numbers..
Theatre bachelor’s degree program highlights
Gain hands-on experience in performance arts and technical production to develop creativity, public-speaking, collaboration, problem-solving and improvisation skills.
- Study, practice and perform using advanced facilities and technologies. UAA’s theatre department boasts two theatre performance spaces with a modified thrust and fully equipped black-box space, a production studio with Watch Out projection software, a dance studio, a scene shop and a costume shop.
- Learn from award-winning faculty with a wide range of professional experience and connections in Alaska and beyond. Program faculty are experts in technical directing, automation design, costume design, fight choreography, lighting design, contemporary British theatre, performance ethnography and more. They have worked with Disney, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Denali National Park and have toured and researched in Africa, Cuba, Australia, Egypt, Cypress, Yugoslavia and other destinations across the globe. In addition to teaching classes and creating theatre and dance productions, faculty are scholar-artists who research and publish academic work.
- Participate in internship and research projects. Faculty mentors will help you find internship placements in and outside of Alaska while you develop individual and collaborative research and creative projects. In the past, theatre majors have worked with Cyrano’s, Perseverance Theatre, Anchorage Community Theatre, Momentum Dance Collective and other local and statewide production companies. They have also partnered with UAA’s WWAMI and JBER programs, the Anchorage Police Department and Alaska Child and Family in role-playing, movement workshops and other programs that address health and safety topics such as counseling, violence, suicide prevention, sexual appropriateness, hostage negotiations and at-risk youth. Opportunities such as these can help you practice your theatre and dance skills and build professional connections while making an impact on communities.
- Work with guest artists and artists in residence. UAA Theatre hosts workshops, events and performances throughout the year that offer additional professional development and networking opportunities.
Amazing stories from theatre majors
[At UAA,] I learned the importance of curiosity. University students should be inspired to go seek out answers to their questions and broader information in their fields of study, beyond what is taught in the classroom. This is especially important in the theatre.
Theatre bachelor’s degree program curriculum
With production and performance taking center stage, UAA’s Bachelor of Arts degree
program encompasses a variety of coursework in acting, directing, design and dance.
Classes cover all basic areas of theatre and dance, including movement, stagecraft,
lighting, makeup, history, play writing, dramatic theory and criticism, as well as
dance techniques, choreography, improvisation and dance research methods.
The hallmark of the theatre bachelor’s degree program is the technical practicum with the UAA Department of Theatre and Dance, which provides on-the-job training and experience in artistic performance and technical production. You will develop skills while working with scene crews, light crews, props departments, costume crews, makeup crews, stage management and publicity teams.
Top classes for theatre majors
- Practice hand-to-hand fighting in Combat for the Stage, using weapons such as broadswords and rapiers.
- Create and develop plays and performances with unique perspectives in Playwriting.
- Gain hands-on experience with automation, rigging, video production and costume construction in Advanced Theatre Production.