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Theatre is “Equipment for Living.” That’s the philosophy behind the MSU Denver Theatre program.

A bachelor of arts degree in Theatre will not only prepare you to tell powerful, transformative stories, it will also impart the ability to work in teams, communicate artfully, plan large projects and think analytically — skills employers crave. 

As a Theatre major, you will study the academic side of Theatre as well as receive opportunities to perform and work in campus productions, serve as a production dramaturge, become part of an MSU Denver touring company, intern at local theatres and participate in regional and national theatre competitions.

MSU Denver’s Theatre program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre. The program will not only prepare you for further graduate studies, but also will provide the training necessary for careers in voice, film and theatre and other media. Many Theatre majors also translate their Theatre degrees into careers such as teaching, sales, law, business, communications and more.

Program Options

MSU Denver’s Theatre Department offers both a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre degrees. Select the B.A. in Theatre degree if you want a broad degree program that also offers strong theatrical training. Choose to apply to one of the B.F.A. degree program concentrations if you want extensive artistic and pre-professional preparation.

MSU Denver’s Theatre Department offers these programs:

B.F.A. in Theatre (with a concentration in Music Theatre)

B.F.A. in Theatre (with a concentration in Applied Theatre Technology and Design)

Dance Major, B.A. 

Minor in Theatre

Minor in Dance 

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

MSU Denver’s B.A. in Theatre degree program will help you grow professionally and creatively through internships, campus productions, student activities and the following:

  • Kaiser Permanente Touring Theatre Company
  • Student dramaturgy opportunities
  • Opportunities to work onstage in performance, backstage on crews, work in our scene or costume shop and so much more

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

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Theatre skills translate to many different careers in addition to those in the entertainment industry. Some of our graduates have gone on to work in fields such as hospitality management, information technology, photography, education as well as having become working actors, directors, theatre administrators and technicians.

Hear from our students:

“MSU Denver Theatre Department has taught me the true meaning of ensemble. We all get our own moment in the spotlight, but it is the support we get from our fellow actors that makes us all shine.”

—Sam Nicoletti, MSU Denver 2014


Please visit the Department of Theatre's Faculty, Staff and Guest Artist page for a full listing.

Featured Alumni

Please visit the Department of Theatre's Alumni page for more information.

Alumni at Work

These are companies and organizations that have hired MSU Denver Theatre graduates:

  • 2014 Winter Olympic Games
  • “How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular”
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • Denver Center for the Performing Arts
  • Blue Man Group
  • Radio City Music Hall
  • Phamaly
  • Colorado Shakespeare Festival
  • Rosco
  • Denver Children’s Museum
  • Kaiser Permanente

MSU Denver Theatre alumni have also attended graduate programs at the following schools: 

  • University of Exeter
  • King’s College London
  • University of Washington
  • Ohio University

Sample Classes

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Here are some classes you can choose from as a Theatre program student:

Theatre Career Development
Theatre History, Criticism and Theory
Theatre Improvisation Techniques
Acting I
Acting II
Musical Theatre History and Performance
Stage Directing
Scene Painting
Stage Combat
Theatrical Make-up
Theatre Practicum I

Facilities and Resources

Work and perform in the King Center performing arts complex, one of the most accessible and adaptive performance facilities in the nation.

The MSU Denver campus is also situated walking distance from the city’s many cultural and entertainment attractions such as the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Complex, Denver Art Museum and the History Colorado Center.

MSU Denver’s Theatre program also offers membership in the Stage Combat Club, the Theatre Tech Club, Rowdy Town — an improvisational theatre group and the Alpha Gamma Beta chapter of the Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society.

Program Accreditation

MSU Denver’s Theatre programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

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