UMBC Department of Theatre
At UMBC we believe that theatre is an ever-changing art form, responding to and creating new ideas that confront our ethical, political, and artistic ideas and practices. Degree programs leading to an Acting, BFA, a Theatre BA; Theatre Studies Concentration, or a Theatre BA; Design & Production Concentration provide students with the interdisciplinary skills to become actively engaged with their art and with the world around them. A dedicated faculty focuses on each student’s evolution as an artist and as a person, making the study of theatre at UMBC a life-changing experience that stimulates, challenges and inspires.
New Ways and New Plays — Our Vision for the Future:
UMBC Theatre fosters artistically innovative and socially engaged graduates in a leading liberal arts program. Using the latest technologies and practices, we experiment with theatrical forms, create provocative new work, and give voice where it is most needed.
The Acting, BFA track is designed for students who are interested in an intensive performance program leading to the pursuit of graduate study and/or careers in professional acting. These students immerse themselves in advanced technique in acting, voice, and movement courses, and learn the application of these skills to characterization in a wide range of productions in which they perform.
Students with an interest in Theatre Design and Production will study with faculty who are professionals in the field. Our state-of-the-art Theatres are supported with the most sophisticated technology labs and equipment. In this track, several areas of design/theatre production are offered, including stage management, scenery, costuming, lighting, and sound. These majors have opportunities to work with faculty and guest designers as assistants, and they serve as designers on student-directed productions. They can also serve as a stage manager, master carpenter, master electrician, props master, draper, crafts person, and stitcher on a range of department productions and student projects.
Students interested in multiple areas of theatre practice develop an array of skills in both technical production and performance through this dynamic, flexible track. Those pursuing the Theatre, BA; Theatre Studies Concentration produce traditional theatre and devise new works by serving as directors, dramaturges, designers, performers and playwrights in an ensemble-based training. The track provides a rigorous course of study in technical production with training on state of the art scenic, audio and lighting equipment. The degree is ideally suited for the double-major wishing to combine this BA in creative practice with other undergraduate studies.
There’s also Minor in Theatre for those students who are interested in being involved in Theatre, but may be pursuing a major in another department. Opportunities in the Minor are as varied as the students who desire to pursue it.