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Speech Communication and Theatre

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Theatre Option, Bachelor of Science in Education Degree

The Bachelor of Science in Education degree program is designed for students who would like to become secondary speech communication and theatre teachers. In addition to providing teacher certification in speech communication and theatre, this program emphasizes the humanities, fine arts, education and forensics. All teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Core requirements for this program include theatre classes such as acting, stagecraft and directing, as well as speech communication classes such as foundations of communication theory, small group communication, argumentation and debate, nonverbal communication, and forensics.

Theatre students at UCM are offered acting and technical experiences in contemporary comedies, dramas, the classics and musicals. Professional experience may be gained through work with the Central Missouri Repertory summer company and through studentoriented workshops, seminars and internships.

Production Opportunities

The theatre production program places the spotlight on undergraduates. Students begin work immediately in a busy and varied program. Performance opportunities are available in 25 to 30 productions each school year. Countless design, technical and crew positions are offered. Each semester there are two to three 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. 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 university theatre students.


Theatre students at UCM 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 of Theatre and Dance to create a Theatre Special Housing Interest Program (SHIP) area in Nickerson Hall designed for students interested in or majoring in theatre. This space includes a Black Box experimental performance space.

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. Students are assigned to a music theatre faculty member who personally assists in the planning of their programs.

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 westcentral Missouri. Providing summer theatre entertainment since 1981, Central Missouri Repertory offers students professional experience working with artists from outside the Department of Theatre and Dance. Auditions and interviews are held during the spring semester for paid, unpaid and universitycredit 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 Achievement Awards, and Theatre Ambassador, Highlander, Kuhn, See, New Theatre Guild, Muller, Devenny, Pearce, Ulrich, and Bergman Scholarships. In the Department of Theatre and Dance, students can both work and learn through student employment opportunities in the scenic and costume shops.

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