Saint Louis University

Offered by the Saint Louis University College of Arts and Sciences  

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Saint Louis University Theatre Degree Overview 

Saint Louis University's undergraduate degree program in theatre combines theoretical exploration in the classroom with the practical production of plays, incorporating theatrical lighting, costume design and acting. You'll be challenged to consider diverse values, viewpoints and expressions of the creative imagination as you participate in the staging of four-full length plays at SLU's University Theatre each season.

Theatre students at SLU participate in the MidWest Theatre Auditions and compete for summer theatre jobs and internships with organizations across the country. Students pursuing all disciplines of theatre at SLU (acting, costume design and set design) may also apply for the Saint Louis University Theatre Talent Scholarship. In addition to completing a scholarship application, interested students must audition, present a portfolio and/or interview for the award.

What You'll Learn in SLU's Theatre Degree Program

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 proscenium main stage and a 70-seat studio at The University Theatre in SLU's Xavier Hall. There, you and your fellow students will form a company of actors, designers and technicians that is responsible, with the mentorship and participation of faculty and staff, for all aspects of each production.

As you work together on each play, you'll learn to clearly and appropriately present your imaginative ideas to others and explore your creativity. Most importantly, you will develop a collective responsibility and commitment to your work.

What Can You Do With a Degree in Theatre from SLU?  

Graduates with a degree in theatre from SLU find auditions among the 30 professional theaters in and around St. Louis, Missouri, including the Fabulous Fox Theatre, located in the Grand Arts Center 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 theater, 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.

Learn more about SLU's undergraduate admission requirementsscholarships and financial aid, or take our majors quiz to find other SLU undergraduate degrees that might interest you.