The bachelor of arts/bachelor of science (BA/BS) in theatrical studies is an undergraduate-only program for students who desire a broad–based education in theatre. If you intend to pursue a career in playwriting, dramaturgy, arts administration, theatre history/criticism, or casting, or if you want to pursue a master’s or doctoral degree, this is the program for you.


Ball State’s BA/BS in theatrical studies course work focuses on the whole theatre artist; theory and practice are equally valued. The four-year program will be tailored to your particular interests.

  • You will get hands-on experience beginning freshman year—you will learn to collaborate with other theatre artists and developing a wide range of skills.
  • The curriculum includes courses in acting, directing, theatre history, design, dramaturgy, and theatre management, among many others. It allows you the flexibility to take a wide range of electives as well as pursue a second major.
  • The curriculum allows you to participate in exciting immersive learning opportunities to collaborate with other disciplines and get involved in projects with real-world impact.
  • Ball State Department of Theatre and Dance is an active award-winning participant in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF).
  • The BA/BS in theatrical studies requires 58 credits, along with the additional 33 credits of core courses and two general electives that are part of the University Core Curriculum.

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Our theatrical studies faculty are dedicated to helping you develop your individual skills and providing you with a rigorous and diverse educational experience to prepare you for the real world.

  • Our low student-to-faculty ratio and small class sizes ensure that professors know you as an individual and can provide hands-on advising and mentoring based on your unique talents and academic needs.
  • Our theatrical studies faculty have diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise in multiple disciplines, allowing you to craft an individualized four-year course of study. 
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Get to Know Our Faculty

Our dedicated, caring faculty will immediately welcome you into our community and guide you throughout your entire experience at Ball State. Our theatrical studies professors are impassioned artists and educators with a wide breadth of professional experience.


Work Opportunities

We value hands-on learning, so you will always have opportunities to work, building on your classroom experience.

  • With 20 or more theatre and dance performances each year in our mainstage, studio, and workshop spaces, you will have access to classic and contemporary plays, musicals, dance pieces, and works that are devised or not textually based.
  • As a theatrical studies major, you are eligible to audition for departmental productions beginning second term of your freshman year. You can pursue other opportunities as well (e.g. direct, write, design, stage manage, or dramaturg).
  • Ball State University is within driving distance of major theatres in Chicago, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Louisville.
  • Faculty members can assist you in finding internships, regional and summer work, and top graduate programs if you are interested in continued study.
  • We host an annual Playwriting Week, which is one of the artistic highlights of year. Professional playwrights, dramaturgs, and screenwriters from around the country come to campus and hold workshops and conduct master classes. If you are a student playwright, you have the opportunity to present a staged reading of your play for the guest artists, followed by a discussion and critique.

Alumni Achievements

Some of the places theatrical studies alumni have recently worked include The Public Theater; Playscripts Theatrical Publishing; Improv Olympic, Chicago; Goodspeed Opera House; Cleveland Play House; Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square.


Guest Artists

In addition to faculty who are accomplished in the professional world, we bring in distinguished guest artists on a regular basis to work with you—in classes, workshops, and the production season. These seasoned practitioners will enrich your educational experience immeasurably, while allowing for professional networking opportunities.


Paying for Your Education

Departmental Scholarships

On top of the many forms of financial aid Ball State offers, the Department of Theatre and Dance offers a wide variety of merit and need-based scholarships to our own students at all levels and in all areas. We provide tens of thousands of dollars in support to make the college experience more affordable.


Apply to the Program

Are you interested in the BA/BS in theatrical studies? An interview is not required for admittance but is strongly recommended for scholarship consideration. You must apply for admission to the university prior to scheduling your interview.

Interview requests are made by filling out the supplemental theatre application that is part of the online application to the university.