UMD Department of Theatre

The B.A. degree program is for students who wish to develop a broad-based liberal arts foundation in preparation for further graduate studies (M.A., M.F.A., Ph.D.), or for careers in dramaturgy, playwriting, dramatic theory, theatre history, directing, playwriting or like fields.



The minor in dance provides technical training and in-depth appreciation of dance as a performance and social art form, intended to complement the students major program of study.

The B.F.A. degree program is for students who wish to focus more intensively in a theatre performance or design/technical emphasis as preparation to enter the professional theatre as an actor, designer, technician, stage manager or other similar profession. Beyond the core, a B.F.A. candidate must declare an emphases. We strongly encourage declaring an emphasis by the first semester to stay on track with graduation.

Actor training at UMD is founded on one basic goal: to develop the natural actor in each student and maximize the actors potential as a creative artist. Through a rigorous curriculum, students develop proficiency in everything from realism and Shakespeare to stage combat, dialects, improvisation and acting for the camera, all the while living truthfully under imaginary circumstances.

The musical theatre emphasis is for students who wish to pursue specialized study in preparation for a career that requires song, dance and acting skills. Training focuses on building a marriage between acting, song and dance with specific study in each. Thereby creating what the industry terms a triple threat. The program is multi-disciplined and challenging and demands the utmost physical, mental and emotional strength and commitment.

The design/tech emphasis develops a strong general foundation in scene, costume and lighting & sound design; technical skills in the areas of scene and costume construction as well as light and sound implementation.

The stage management emphasis is designed for students seeking professional training or an intensive course of study and practical application in the area of stage management.

The minor in film studies was developed as an interdisciplinary minor that utilizes courses from both the School of Fine Arts and the College of Liberal Arts. This minor is intended for students who want to pursue an interest in film studies complementing and enhancing a variety of majors across the collegiate units.

The minor in theatre is for students who want to pursue an interest in theatre that will complement their major program and allow the student to study every area available in the theatre curriculum in a general survey.

The UMD Department of Theatre is actively involved in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Since 1985, five UMD productions (two of those written by UMD students) have been chosen to perform at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of KCACTF, making UMD one of the most successful theatre departments in the nation. In five of the last eleven years, UMD actors have won the regional Irene Ryan acting scholarship and gone on to perform in Washington, DC. In addition, KCACTF has also recognized a number of UMD playwrights, scenic, lighting and costume designers for their artistic achievements inviting them to participate in the national festival.

Theater students at UMD connect with faculty on a level that is unprecedented in higher education. Our students do not compete with graduate students for production opportunities, however leave UMD with portfolios and resumes far more extensive than the average undergraduate student. We are dedicated to the training of excellent theater artists and productions that are acclaimed nationally and internationally.
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