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Theatre Minor

The Theatre minor at the University of Central Missouri will diversify your skill set and enhance your major area of study. Whether you’re interested in learning what the performing arts can do to improve your professional skills or you simply want to polish your acting and production abilities, the Theatre minor is a great choice for you.

UCM’s Theatre minor program curriculum offers conservatory-based training in a liberal arts environment. Our program, however, goes beyond acting studies and includes classes with experienced faculty in stagecraft, sound and lighting design and theatre production. You’ll hone your performance skills while learning how to plan and carry out professional performances using the latest production technologies and techniques.

Enhance your major with a Theatre minor

Regardless of your major or career aspirations, UCM’s minor in Theatre will advance your public speaking, critical thinking, presentation and organizational skills, which will benefit you after graduation. You’ll also develop a strong work ethic and self-discipline — highly valued qualities in any field. UCM undergraduates preparing for careers in teaching, research, business and marketing, for example, can greatly benefit from courses in theatre.

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Experienced, nationally renowned faculty

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Performance and design opportunities

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Student Theatre & Dance clubs

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Black Box Theatre programs

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Shenanigans Improv Troupe

What you will study

The University of Central Missouri’s Theatre Minor program curriculum is designed to build upon your existing skills with traditional coursework, performance experience and hands-on projects. 

You’ll start with core courses such as:

  • Oral Interpretation
  • Script Analysis
  • Stagecraft
  • Directing
  • Literature and History of the Theatre I and II

Our flexible Theatre Minor also allows you to choose from diverse electives each semester, so you can tailor the curriculum to meet your needs and goals.


Excellence in Theatre

  • Nationally accredited by the National Association for Schools of Theatre.
  • Top 15%: Most Popular Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts (College Factual, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities in Theater

At the University of Central Missouri, we offer our Theatre minors many hands-on and extracurricular activities that will help you put the skills you’ve learned in the classroom to work in real-world scenarios:

  • Classroom projects: You’ll complete classroom projects alongside peers and faculty members to bolster your acting and theatre production skills — and to ensure you’re getting the most out of the undergraduate program. You'll have opportunities to direct scenes performed by your peers and work together in the scene shop to build sets for UCM mainstage productions.
  • Performance and design technology: Take advantage of dozens of performances each semester, including UCM’s Black Box Theatre productions, mainstage plays, musicals and other performances across campus. You’ll act, write, produce and perform alongside your fellow students and professors to produce professional-level stage productions that continue to raise the bar of excellence at UCM. 
  • Student clubs: Practice your performance and improvisational skills alongside your colleagues in the Shenanigans Improv Troupe. You can also stretch your legs in UCM’s student Dance Club, which offers a variety of opportunities to practice your craft outside of class and spend leisure time with other theatre and dance students.
  • Production teams and planning: Explore what goes on behind the scenes in the theatre world by joining student teams in charge of performances on campus. Roles within these teams, including positions in public relations, marketing, fundraising, digital media, sound and lighting and more, give you hands-on experience while diversifying your skill set and complementing your major area of study.


What can you do with a minor in Theatre from UCM?

Theatre minors from the University of Central Missouri pursue a wide range of career paths after graduation. While your chosen major and career aspirations will help direct your trajectory, a minor in Theatre provides you with invaluable experiences and practical skills for virtually any professional role — where you take these valuable skills is up to you.

Many of our Theatre minors pursue careers in acting, directing, private teaching in dance and theater, public school and university teaching positions or arts administration and beyond. Your theatre training will also improve your ability to speak in front of audiences and coworkers, provide leadership and direction to others and boost your memorization skills.

What’s after a minor in Theatre?

Use the interactive tool below to learn more about job possibilities, salaries and other career data for Theatre program graduates.




Financial assistance options for your Theatre minor

At the University of Central Missouri, we strive to provide you with the best possible financial resources and support. We award approximately $20 million in institutional aid per year, and about 94% of our undergraduates receive some form of assistance. Our financial advisors will help you choose the best options to finance your college education, such as scholarships, loans, grants or work-study programs. 

UCM offers university-wide scholarships for freshmen, continuing students, transfer students and out-of-state students. You can also apply for scholarships that are reserved for students in the UCM Theatre program, including:

  • Mancow Muller Theatre Scholarship
  • Lucy Bergman Memorial Scholarship in Theatre
  • Theatre & Dance Ambassador Scholarship
  • Department of Theatre and Dance Scholarship Fund

Learn more about program-specific scholarships by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.




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Explore programs related to theater.

If you’re interested in gaining experience in the entertainment industry, performance or technology, but you’re not sure if adding a minor in Theatre is the best choice for you, consider UCM’s related programs:


Professional Organizations and Student Groups

● Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

● American College Dance Association

● Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri


● Southeast Theatre Conference

● U/RTA Auditions and Portfolio Reviews

●Theta Alpha Phi 

● UCM Dance Club 

● Film Makers And Actors' Coalition

Theatre Learning Community

The Theatre Learning Community in Nickerson Hall is designed for students minoring or majoring in theatre. This designated living space 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

● U/RTA Auditions and Portfolio Reviews


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