Department of Theatre

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre


Master of Fine Arts in Acting

The Department of Theatre at USD offers both a major and minor in theatre, as well as Core curriculum courses. Our program frames theatre within the liberal arts environment as a holistic educational experience, through integrated practical and theoretical study. We offer broad-based theatre training and learning in the following areas: design, playwriting, performance and theatrical production.

We encourage students to explore the relationship of performance to social and cultural practices, both viscerally and intellectually. Seizing the opportunity to explore interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary collaborations—with other departments, colleges, schools, centers and institutes in the USD community—is a hallmark of our pedagogical approach.

In addition to our professionally active faculty, we engage renowned theatre practitioners who mentor our students by serving as directors, designers, guest speakers and/or special topic workshop leaders throughout the academic year. Through a typical course of study at USD, a theatre student will cultivate a broad range of skills—which empower and inspire critical thinking, creative engagement, effective communication and generous collaboration—enhancing life options and diversifying employability.

Why Choose Theatre?

Diverse Theatre Exposure

Be exposed to more than one type of theatre from classical to commedia dell'arte to contemporary. This will deepen your understanding of how theatre relates to greater societal contexts.

Research Beyond the Stage

Conduct critical research to expand your education and add weight to your experience. We apply this to both performance and backstage work.  

Committed, Professionally Active Faculty

You'll work with working actors, directors, playwrights and designers who are approachable mentors that can provide guidance, industry connections and assistance throughout your professional career.

Multiple Theatres

USD has several theatres, which allows you to work in different types of settings. Some highlights include the Shiley Theatre, Studio Theatre and our Black Box Theatre.

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