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Study Theatre

Graduates of the Theatre Arts program will earn their Bachelor of Arts. Students are also invited to explore an area of concentration in the following:

Theatre Administration
Integrated Emphasis (Stage Management or Directing)

The Theatre Arts Minor is recommended for students wising to study theatre while majoring in another area of study.

Top 5 Reasons to Study Theatre

UW Oshkosh provides college experiences that shape and transform you–and it doesn’t just happen in the classroom. Theatre trains students to explore the world from multiple perspectives of society and develop skills every employer values. Here are our top five reasons why you should study theatre at UW Oshkosh. 

Dedicated Faculty

Students success is at the heart of all we do and with our dedication to help you grow personally, academically and professionally it’s easy to see why Titans succeed. Our award winning faculty are accomplished professionals and dedicated teachers committed to helping students finding their voice. 

Personal Growth

When you study theatre you learn self-discipline, dedication and a goal-orientated approach to work.  The work often leads to personal growth in the following areas:

  • Boosts Confidence / Aids Expression – Theatre teaches us how to express ourselves effectively and to understand how to project your individuality.  It helps develop our ability to communicate our thoughts and feelings to others, improving our relationships. Creativity often inspires creativity, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more compelling creative playground than the theater. 
  • Empathy – Theatre mirrors the past, present, and future of our world and helps us understand people from cultures other than our own. We can learn a lot about people from all around the world by studying their performance traditions.
  • Leadership Skills / Acceptance of responsibility – Theatre students have the opportunity to take on a senior projects and special projects where they take on sole responsibility. 

Theater helps us build community through sharing space and experience with other artists who are performing and those viewing it from the audience. We are able to examine the world from a different perspective from our own as we see shows that explore emotional and intellectual situations that may never happen in our personal lives. It allows us to take risks, and advocate for new and diverse voices. Theatre is necessary and valuable for human connection.

Theatre is a business

The reality of the Theatre business is that every production is a coordinated business activity. While theater companies are typically not-for-profit or nonprofit entities with a board of directors  there a number of employees behind the scenes that help support the magic that happens onstage including marketing and public relations, education, and grant-writing departments (or people). A theater degree prepares a person to enter the business of making art.


Relevant career skills.

Here’s a list of  skills, traits, and qualities of students who study theatre.

  • Excellent Verbal Communication
  • Creative Thinking and Problem Solving Skills
  • Strong self-motivation and follow through skills
  • Willingness to Work Cooperatively
  • Ability to work under pressure and towards deadline
  • Public Speaking Skills
  • Organizational Skills
  • Strong Writing Ability

Earn College Credit in High School

High school students from Oshkosh North and Oshkosh West interested in majoring in Theatre at UW Oshkosh can participate in the Cooperative Academic Partnership Program (CAPP) 1+3 Theatre Program and earn their degree in just three years.

Scholarships available for UWO Theatre Students

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh offers several scholarships for students. Use the Academic Works scholarship website to search and apply for scholarships.