Theatre Arts

Entertain Us. Inform Us. Educate Us.

We believe the successful theatre student is well rounded. At Marquette, you can design and build stage sets, create costumes and bring characters to life through movement, voice and music. Choose from a wide selection of courses in acting and directing for stage and camera, as well as theatre history, scenery, lighting dance and costume design. Study the breadth of theatrical fields and - through Marquette’s broad liberal arts curriculum - learn to connect the performing arts to other disciplines.

Raise the curtain. You can engage right away in your first year as part of out busy, five main-stage production season, as well as film projects, and studio productions. Performances range from the classics to contemporary pieces, including musicals, comedies, children's theatre, dramas and experimental theatre.
An exciting feature of our season is that we always feature one show that highlights the theme of Social Justice.

Take center stage. Our small class sizes and close-knit department allow for unique individual attention and opportunities. You'll quickly find your place in our "hands on", collaborative environment. We are committed to giving you every opportunity to grow in our student-first program.

Make professional connections while you study. Located in downtown Milwaukee, we have close connections to numerous professional companies. We regularly have professional guest actors, directors and designers working with you on productions and in the classroom. Being able to see professional theatre regularly is also an important part of a young artist's education.

Sample Internships
We have great opportunities for you to collaborate or intern with professional companies from Milwaukee's rich theatre district, just blocks away. Recent examples include:

Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Chamber Theatre
First Stage
Renaissance Theatreworks
Next Act
Boulevard Ensemble

Recent Employers
Nearly all of our recent students who seek employment get the job of their choice. About 20 percent of our graduates pursue and are accepted into graduate programs to earn a Master of Fine Arts Degree in acting, directing or design. Some places you’ll find recent graduates:
20th Century Fox
Carnegie Mellon University
Yale School of Drama
American Players Theatre
Cleveland Playhouse
Fox Network
George Street Playhouse
Hilbery Repertory Theater
Milwaukee Repertory Theater
New York’s Playwrights Horizon
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
The Second City
Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago
20th Century Fox
Signed with Vanguard Management, New York; Paradigm Management,
Los Angeles and New York; and Media Artists, Los Angeles

Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the Theatre Arts major, the graduate is able to:

    • Apply basic knowledge of the processes and practices of Acting, Directing, Playwriting, Production Technology, Stage Management and Scenic, Costume, Lighting and Sound Design to producing theatre productions.

    • Demonstrate theatrical collaboration and respect for all the contribution of the production team.

    • Analyze the role of theatre throughout history as a cultural force.

    Demonstrate the knowledge and skills in preparation for their chosen path after graduation for professional success.

Shows and Tickets: 2015-2016 Main Stage Season

Learn More

Message from the Chair
Theatre Arts Mission
Theatre Arts Curriculum
Costume Design
Lighting Design
Scenic Design
Stage/Production/Arts Management
Student Handbook
Theatre Arts Facebook Page
Marquette University Theatre Twitter
Program Auditions
Theatre Arts Newsletter
Friends of the Theatre
Helfaer Theatre Box Office
Past Mainstage Season Productions Archive
2015-2016 Mainstage Season and online ticket sales
Helfaer Theatre Parking Map (PDF)
Video: Theatre Tour
Video: It's About Teaching
Video: It's About the Whole Person
Video: Opportunity