Theatre Arts

Entertain Us. Inform Us. Educate Us.

Design and build stage sets, create costumes and bring characters to life through movement, voice and music. Hone your ability to build connections with the audience—and, through Marquette’s broad liberal arts curriculum, learn to connect the performing arts to other disciplines.

Raise the curtain. Develop your craft starting in your first year through five main-stage productions, as well as dance concerts and studio productions. Performances range from the classics to contemporary pieces, including musicals, comedies, dramas and experimental theatre.
At least one play per season centers on social justice.

Master the technical aspects of screen and stage. 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.

Make professional connections. Work on our main stage with professional actors, directors and designers. Small class sizes allow for personal interaction with the faculty. You can also collaborate or intern with companies from Milwaukee’s theatre district, just blocks away.

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, Scenic, Costume, Lighting and Sound Design, Production Technology and Stage Management 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.

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

Recent Employers
About 20 percent of our graduates pursue master of fine arts degrees in acting, directing and design. Nearly all those who seek employment
get the job of their choice. Some places you’ll find recent graduates:
20th Century Fox
Carnegie Mellon University
Yale School of Drama
American Players Theatre
Cleveland Playhouse
Fox Network
Georgestreet 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

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
Friends of the Theatre
Helfaer Theatre Box Office
Past Mainstage Season Productions Archive
2014-2015 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