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Majors & Concentrations

  • Drama (BA) U880
  • Acting (BFA) U881 (apply for BA - audition required)
  • Design/Technical Theatre (BFA) U888
  • Theatre Education (BFA) U883

About the Major

  • The Bachelor of Arts in Drama provides a broadly based approach; a strong core of courses in acting, directing, stagecraft, play script analysis, theatre history, and dramatic literature is supplemented by additional work in performance, technical theatre, and other theatre studies. Apply for BA program (U880) and then audition for this program.
  • The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama emphasizes that theatre is a discipline involving three basic factors: talent, study, and practice. Only students who show evidence of talent and who work to perfect it through classroom study combined with practical application in the production program will be continued in the major.
  • The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting educates students who are literate in history, theory, and practice of theatre, and have particular training relevant to performing for the stage, film, and television.
  • The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design / Technology educates students who are literate in the history, theory, and practice of theatre, and have particular training in designing for the stage and stage technology.
  • The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Education educates students who are literate in the history, theory, and practice of theatre, and have particular training to become effective, qualified theatre arts teachers for grades K-12.

What's Unique about the Department of Theatre at UNCG?

  • Our B.A. in drama provides a broad-based approach for students who wish to emphasize theatre as an undergraduate major. Senior capstone projects provide in-depth opportunities for study and practice.
  • UNCG Theatre, the North Carolina Theatre for Young People, and Theatre 232 (summer theatre) provide public production opportunities for students in all degree programs so they can learn theatre art as well as practice before live audiences.
  • The Department of Theatre participates annually in the American College Theatre Festival and its own Performance Showcase in New York City for graduated B.F.A. actors.
  • The department sponsors a spring tour of an N.C. Theatre for Young People production to schools.

Academic Clubs and Organizations

Alpha Psi Omega (the National Theatre Student Honorary Organization) hosts an annual awards party, presents a talent show fundraiser, and sponsors other activities.

Student Opportunities

  • Students are offered career experience through internships. The Theatre Department has an ongoing relationship with Triad Stage, offering internships in stage management, assistant directing, acting, and theatre management. The department also provides actors for the UNC School of the Arts Film Department projects.
  • Study abroad is an affordable option for UNCG students and is strongly encouraged.


  • Successful graduates include Beth Leavel, who won a Tony Award as Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Careers of recent graduates include Grammy and Emmy Award winners; Broadway stage managers; produced playwrights; working directors, actors, designers, and technicians; and faculty and staff at many colleges and universities.
  • Graduates of the program have pursued careers with CBS, Broadway, Jim Henson Productions, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Zena Group Resident Company, and others.
  • Many graduates extend their degrees by entering master's and doctoral programs at schools as diverse as Yale School of Drama, Florida State University, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and Carnegie Mellon.

Professional Organizations and Accreditation

The Department of Theatre is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

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