A major in theatre at the University of Mary Washington prepares you for the world beyond college. Whether you intend to work in theatre professionally, start a career in a related field, or pursue professional training or graduate school, the liberal arts education you receive at the University of Mary Washington will give you a solid foundation. Our flexible major program allows you to concentrate in the area of your greatest interest. You may also pursue a double major or obtain a teaching license.
Students majoring in Theatre who complete all requirements earn the degree of Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Performing Arts.
Areas of Study
UMW offers courses in acting, theatre design, technical production, dramatic literature, voice and body movement, dance, stage makeup, costume construction, stage management, arts administration, scene painting, fashion history, playwriting, musical theatre performance, directing, lighting design, and more.
Entry-level positions for graduates include the directly theatrical (professional acting, directing, design, management) or jobs for which undergraduate theatre/dance training is desirable (public recreation, elementary education, sales, public relations). Some graduates find their undergraduate major especially beneficial as a foundation for professional schools – law, social work, and business.
For a look at how Mary Washington theatre majors are pursuing their careers, check out our alumni page.
UMW students have found internships and full-time work with such employers as the Virginia Ballet Company, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Rainmaker Studios, Impressions of Fredericksburg, and Ford’s Theatre. Many theatre majors gain work experience right on campus, with part-time jobs in the UMW box office, management office, scene shop, costume shop, and electrics shop.
Learn about earning academic honors for your major.
The theatre major requires 41 credits including core courses and electives. All theatre majors must enroll in theatre practicum each semester except during the semester of the senior project. Eight practicum credits may count toward graduation.
Twenty-four credits are required for the musical theatre minor.
The Department of Theatre & Dance offers many awards to continuing students who are active in the production program. These merit-based scholarships vary in size and award criteria.