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Theatre BA

Building Your Skills

As a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre student at UCM, you’ll have various performance and technical opportunities from 35-40 productions each year. The 442-seat, state-of-the-art James L. Highlander Theater will offer you diverse experiences on a traditional proscenium stage. Our flexible, 100-seat Nickerson Black Box Theater will provide you with more intimate acting and technical challenges like you would experience in television and film. Each summer you’ll have paid opportunities to company manage, direct, design or act in our touring children’s production. UCM Theatre and Dance invites you to join a diverse body of students and professional faculty while participating in a rigorous curriculum that will prepare you for graduate programs or a professional career.

Professional Faculty

All the faculty in the Department of Theatre and Dance are working professionals who will help you achieve your goals of either progressing toward graduate education or entering the workforce as a professional.


At UCM, we value engaging learning experiences that include student involvement and service-learning projects. Involvement opportunities include:

Professional Organizations and Student Groups

● Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF)

● American College Dance Association (ACDA)

● Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri (STAM)

● United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT)

● Southeast Theatre Conference (SETC)

● United Resident Theatre Association (URTA) Auditions and Portfolio Reviews

● Theta Alpha Phi (TAP - Honoray Theatre Fraternity)

● National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA)

● UCM Dance Club 

● Dr. Ed See's Student Teachers Association (DESST)

● Shenanigans Improv Troupe

● Central Missouri Playwrights (CMP)

● Film Makers And Actors' Coalition


Theatre S.H.I.P.

The Theatre Special Housing Interest Program area in Nickerson Hall is designed for students minoring in or majoring in theatre. This SHIP provides close proximity to the department’s Black Box Theatre, a lounge to rehearse lines and blocking, a fully equipped dance studio and access to dining facilities.

Performance and Design Technology Opportunities

● KCACTF Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions

● KCACTF Professional Auditions

● UCM Main Stage Production Program

● Studio Theatre One-Act Series

● Richard Herman Black Box Theatre Program

● Film Makers And Actors' Coalition

● Assistant Design or Design in Main Stage Season 

● Stage Manage or Assistant Stage Manage in Main Stage Season

● Technical Direction or Assistant Technical Direction in Main Stage Season

● Front of House Operations

● Box Office Management

● Public Relations Assistant

● Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

● Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri


● Southeast Theatre Conference

● URTA Auditions and Portfolio Reviews



Mary Trotter
Assistant Professor of Theatre
Martin 114A
Tel: (660) 543-8176



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