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Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (Performance Option)

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Students pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts major in theatre select a concentration in either performance or design and theatre technology. In addition to classes in acting, directing, design, theatre management and script analysis, students learn about the literature and history of the theatre, stagecraft, studio theatre, and advanced technical theatre courses. Electives in departmentally approved supporting courses and theatre courses in the student's area of concentration round out the program of study.

A concentration in performance includes classes such as stage voice, stage movement, advanced acting, period acting styles, advanced scene study, stage makeup and advanced directing, as well as electives from technical concentration courses.

Production Opportunities

The theatre production program at Central Missouri places the spotlight on undergraduates. Students begin work immediately in a busy and varied program. Performance opportunities are available in 25 to 35 productions each school year. Countless design, technical and crew positions are offered. Each semester there are two Mainstage productions, and students design and direct Studio Theatre one-act plays.

A world premiere of a new Children's Theatre script is staged each year for the public and for area school children. The department also produces an annual dance concert. In addition, students may become involved in acting, directing and writing plays for experimental Black Box theatre productions. Each summer Central Missouri Repertory creates professional opportunities for UCM theatre students.


Theatre students at Central Missouri work in one of the most beautiful and modern theatre buildings in the Midwest, the James L. Highlander Theatre. The 442-seat continental, wedge-shaped auditorium has excellent acoustics and sight lines and faces a large, fully rigged stage. The theatre is equipped with the latest sound equipment and a 174-dimmer-per-circuit computerized lighting system. A motorized orchestra apron lift allows for flexible staging. Wellequipped costume and scene shops and spacious dressing and makeup rooms adjoin the stage area.

University Housing has worked with the department to create a Theatre Special Housing Interest Program (SHIP) area in Nickerson Hall designed for students interested in or majoring in theatre. This SHIP provides close proximity to the department's Black Box Theatre, also located in Nickerson, convenient class space, a lounge to rehearse lines, blocking, etc., and access to conveniently located dining facilities. In 2011, the department added a fully equipped dance studio.

About the Faculty

At Central Missouri you will work side by side with a faculty of extraordinary educators and professional theatre and dance artists. The faculty at UCM are dedicated to providing students with the opportunity to find their unique voice as artists and share their visions, curiosities, bravery, and talents with a collaborative team that is the heart and soul of any theatrical, dance, and music production. Our faculty are leaders whose experience and professional work has a strong voice in state, regional, and the national arenas. They are active members of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, USITT, Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. Our faculty teach and supervise courses in performance, directing stagecraft, theatre technology, design, theatre management, playwriting, theatre history, choreography, and all levels of dance.

Central Missouri Repertory

Theatre students at UCM have the opportunity to work in a professional summer repertory company that performs on campus and also tours with a children's show throughout west-central Missouri. Providing summer theatre entertainment since 1981, Central Missouri Repertory offers students professional experience. Auditions and interviews are held during the spring semester for paid, unpaid, and university-credit positions.


The Department of Theatre and Dance offers several scholarships and awards to both incoming freshman and transfer students as well as returning students. Department of Theatre and Dance scholarships include Theatre Ambassador awards, Highlander, Kuhn, See, New Theatre Guild, Muller, Devenny, Pearce, Ulrich, Schwartz, and Bergman Scholarships. In the department, students can both work and learn through student employment opportunities in the scenic and costume shops. To Learn More For more information contact the Department of Theatre and Dance, Martin Building 113, UCM, Warrensburg, MO 64093; call 660-543-4020; or visit the department's web pages at

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