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Theatre Minor

Building Your Skills

As a Theatre Minor student at the University of Central Missouri, you’ll have acting and tech 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 tech challenges.

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, professional faculty, and participate in curriculum and a production program that will enhance your theatrical skill set while infusing you with confidence. This 23- hour minor will give you a taste of many different facets to the UCM Department of Theatre and Dance


Diverse Curriculum

As a minor, you’ll have classes in Oral Interpretation, Acting, Script Analysis, Directing, Stagecraft, Literature and History and your pick of several electives.

Students minoring in theatre will work with a professional and diverse faculty. In the classroom and working alongside faculty in the production program, your minor studies will enhance your critical thinking, time management, collaboration, discipline and work ethic in a way that will be a perfect compliment to your declared major.


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

● 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 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

● U/RTA Auditions and Portfolio Reviews


Ashley Miller-Scully
Chair, Theatre & Dance
Martin 113B
Tel: (660)543-8798


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