Theatre - A.B.

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About the Degree: 

Theatre is a creative art in which true excellence can only be achieved through total mastery of the mind, body and technical craft. The Theatre Arts curricula combine rigorous studio class work with a demanding production schedule to provide students with in depth training and practice in theatre. Undergraduate training options include acting, scenic, costume and lighting design, theatre and costume technology, and production and management training. First year students learn a foundation in theatre and its history, expository writing, art history and receive a specially designed theatre course relating to the student's area of interest. Students begin intensive theatre study as sophomores. The continued development of the visual media is expanding the volume of opportunities for majors in theatre. Networking, job experience, internships and expertise in your specialty are paramount to success.


What you will learn: 

All undergraduate theatre majors at the University of Georgia must complete a core of theatre courses designed to introduce the various facets of the field of theatre. They include courses in acting, design, play analysis and theatre history. In addition two courses at one semester hour each are "Applied Drama" courses (THEA 2040 and 2050) involving the student in the actual work of theatre in such areas as costuming, stagecraft, and box office and promotion. In planning their schedules, students should note that Acting I (THEA 3500) is a prerequisite for most upper division acting courses (which are major electives), and Design Foundatations (THEA 3300) is a prerequisite for most upper division design courses (also electives); Theatre History I (THEA 4200) is typically offered only in the Fall semester, and Theatre History II (THEA 4210) in the Spring; and the Senior Seminar (THEA 5053) must be taken in the Fall semester of the senior year.

Beyond the Classroom


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Possible Employers

  • Acting Conservatories
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Amusement and Theme Parks
  • Cabarets
  • Children's Theaters
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Commercial Theaters
  • Community Theaters
  • Cruise Lines
  • Dinner Theaters
  • Entertainment Companies
  • For A Good Time Theatre Co.
  • GA Fine Arts Academy
  • Industry Trade Papers
  • Magazines and Newspapers
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Media Firms
  • Music and Film Studios
  • Music and Video Stores
  • Music Companies
  • Orchestra and Bands
  • Performing Arts Centers
  • Production Companies
  • Public Relations Firms
  • Radio Stations
  • Regional Theaters
  • Repertory Companies
  • Summer Stock Theaters
  • Television/Film Studios
  • This End Up
  • Touring Companies
  • Video Production Companies
  • Westridge School
Famous Alumni: 
Alton Brown

Host of Food Network’s Good Eats and Iron Chef America

Kyle Chandler

Emmy-award winning actor, “Friday Night Lights”

Wayne Knight

Actor, “Jurassic Park” and “Seinfeld”

James Michael Tyler

Cctor, most known for his role in the American TV show Friends as Gunther

Possible Job Titles: 
  • Actor
  • Administrator of Arts Programs
  • Agent
  • Booking Manager
  • Broadcast Technology
  • Box Office Sales
  • Camera Operation
  • Carpenter/Scenic Artist
  • Casting Director Company Manager
  • Copy Writer
  • Coordinator of Volunteers
  • Copyright Specialist
  • Costume Designer
  • Design/Sales
  • Drama Therapist
  • Dramatization Teacher
  • Electricians
  • Film Editor
  • Fundraising and Development
  • Furniture Designer
  • Hair/Make-up
  • Instructor of Performing Art
  • Lighting Designer
  • Management
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Miniature Set Designer
  • Personal Manager
  • Playwriting
  • Producing
  • Promoter
  • Private Instruction
  • Property Design
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Riggers
  • Screenwriting/Scriptwriting
  • Set Design/Construction
  • Sound Design
  • Special Effects
  • Stage Manager
  • Talent Agent
  • Teacher
  • Technical Theatre Director
  • Wardrobe
  • Writer/Editor