Saint Louis University's undergraduate degree in theatre helps students develop a
basic level of proficiency and practical knowledge in all aspects of theatre. You'll
be challenged to consider diverse values, viewpoints and expressions of the imagination
as you participate in the staging of four full-length plays at SLU's University Theatre
Major in Theatre
Every theatre major at SLU is involved in some way with each production that occurs
during the theatre season. Plays take place on both a 400-seat main stage and a 70-seat
studio at SLU’s University Theatre. There, students become actors, designers and technicians
who are responsible, with the mentorship and participation of faculty and staff, for
all aspects of each production.
Theatre students at SLU also participate in the MidWest Theatre Auditions and compete
for summer theatre jobs and internships with organizations across the country.
SLU’s undergraduate theatre major requires 36 credit hours of specialized classes
that explore the theoretical, technical and performance aspects of the discipline.
Students take three classes in theatre fundamentals, six classes in practical theatre
skills and an additional three classes in advanced and applied skills. The applied
skills courses can include classes in music performance and dance.
Graduates with a degree in theatre from SLU have worked in 30 professional theaters
in and around St. Louis, including the Fabulous Fox Theatre, located in the Grand
Center arts district one block from SLU's campus; the newly renovated Peabody Opera
House; and the Muny, America's oldest and largest outdoor musical theater.
Alumni from SLU's theatre program work in professional theatre, feature films, television
productions, commercials and other venues where actors, playwrights, directors, designers
and theatrical craftspeople are needed. Graduates are also able to use their skills
in non-theatrical fields such as law, training, sales, marketing and other careers
where presentation skills are key.
Seven full-time theatre faculty at SLU are assisted by part-time instructors to guide
the educational experiences of students. Full-time faculty hold terminal degrees in
their fields of specialization and work in the region and across the country. Adjunct
faculty are drawn from the talented pool of theatre professionals who live and work
in St. Louis.
Students pursuing all disciplines of theatre at SLU (acting, costume design and set
design) may apply for the Theatre Talent Scholarship. In addition to completing an
application, interested students must audition, present a portfolio or interview for
Minor in Theatre
SLU’s minor in theatre requires 21 hours of credit work as well as completion of the
theatre practicum. The required minor courses are:
THR 1500: Introduction to Theatre
THR 2510: Acting I
THR 2520: Stagecraft
Minor in Drama Studies
SLU also offers an 18-credit hour drama studies minor, which integrates the fine and
performing arts, English, and modern and classical languages. Students must take “THR
1500: Introduction to Theatre” or “THR 2400: Page to Stage” before applying for this
The Saint Louis University chapter of the National Theatre Honor Society, Alpha Psi
Omega, offers students a way to get involved in theatre outside of the classroom.
Members of Alpha Psi Omega attend professional productions, produce, write, direct
and perform works, and provide service with the St. Louis community.