Department Summary

The Department of Theatre Arts at Bradley University is an artistic and educational community that values creativity, innovation, and imagination fired by passion, balanced with excellence in craftsmanship, and tempered with discipline and knowledge.

Our mission is to educate theatre artists and their audiences in the intellectual foundations, global traditions, and creative processes of the art of theatre.

The Department of Theatre Arts is committed to being a prominent theatre education program nationally recognized for our global perspective, our commitment to excellence in creative expression and scholarship, and for providing a multifaceted educational experience within a nurturing, student-focused environment. Founded on the best traditions of a comprehensive education, we offer our students exceptional opportunities to interact with leading theatre professionals through the Iben Lectureship and internships, the challenge of taking a leadership role in the collaborative process, and an open invitation to be a part of an artistic home that unites faculty, students, staff and alumni. The Department of Theatre Arts fosters academic achievement, artistic and educational collaboration, freedom of expression, and personal integrity. We stress dignity and respect of the individual and the practice of inclusiveness.

Above all, we believe in the power of the theatre to influence our changing world.

Why Study Theatre at Bradley University

You have dreamed about doing theatre for as long as you can remember. You want to perform, design, direct, write -- make the magic happen! You have talent, imagination, discipline, and passion. All you need is the opportunity to break through to your future! Bradley University Theatre gives you that opportunity -- opportunity to learn, to develop your skills, experiment, explore our global community, and grow as a Theatre Artist. From your first semester, where you participate in our “New Faces” production, until you graduate, you will have the experience of taking a leading role in your theatre education -- on stage, back stage, in the classroom, and working with nationally recognized guest artists and lecturers.

We extend to you an open invitation to be a part of our artistic home where we provide a multifaceted educational experience within a nurturing, student-focused environment. Opportunities await you at Bradley University Theatre. Here is your opportunity to Break Through!

Degree Programs - Opportunities to Learn

Founded on the best traditions of a comprehensive education, and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, we offer both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences degrees in Theatre Arts with concentrations in Performance, Production. In today’s changing world, the best way to prepare you for the real world of theatre arts is with a diverse educational experience emphasizing your particular talents and aspirations. In the Department of Theatre Arts, you have the opportunity to learn what you need to succeed from faculty and staff who are working professionals and scholars in the Theatre.

Faculty - Opportunities to Collaborate!

The Department of Theatre Arts at Bradley University has six full-time faculty members supported by additional part-time instructors. Along with their work in the university classroom, our theatre faculty are active as creative artists and scholars; they bring to our campus impressive credentials in directing, performance, dramaturgy, and design as well as publication and scholarship. They are active in regional, national, and international professional organizations in their areas of expertise.

Production Program - Opportunity to Create!

From energizing musicals to inspiring classics of the stage, our diverse production program provides you the opportunity to develop your talents and skill while making the magic of theatre come alive. While involved at Bradley University Theatre, you will experience a wide variety of theatre genres and styles. Whether it's Shakespeare or Eve Ensler, Neo-classical or Post-Modern, Book-Musical or Commedia-Farce, we know the most effective way for you as a student of theatre to learn and hone your craft is through first-hand experience and practical application of your skills, and we’ll make sure you get plenty of those opportunities, from your freshman through your senior year.

Student Organizations - Opportunities to be Involved!

With five dynamic student organizations operating within our theatre program, you have ample opportunity to be involved with your fellow students. Whether its Improv and Sketch Comedy with Barbeque Kitten, doing something cool and technically challenging with USITT, performing with the Ministry of Experimental Theatre, volunteering for Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Fraternity/Sorority, or dance with Dansee, finding a place to fit in is easy! These organizations, run by students, provide you with the chance to work in collaboration with other talented student artists, challenge yourself outside the classroom, celebrate your art, and make life-long friends.

The Iben Lectureship - Opportunities to Engage!

How would you like to create a new production from concept to performance with the award winning HOUSE Theatre of Chicago, or what about lunch with Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman? What questions would you ask Ed Stern, Producing Artistic Director of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, about working in regional theatre? What do you think your resume would look like if you could honestly say you trained with both Shakespeare and Company and the Dell’Arte Players? That is what the Gretchen and Richard Iben Lectureship provides Bradley University Theatre students -- the opportunity and the privilege to meet and work with some of the most influential figures in contemporary theatre; like international director/theorist Augusto Boal, Broadway producer Ben Mordecai, theatre historian Oscar Brockett, award winning choreographer Chuck Davis of the African-American Dance Ensemble, and the list goes on and on.

Talent Scholarships are Available

Talent scholarships up to $16,000.00 are available to individuals with exceptional abilities in performance and production. Scholarships are competitive; awards are made to Theatre majors based upon audition or interview, letters of recommendation, and potential for leadership in the classroom and production.

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We are proud of the accomplishments of our students, alumni, faculty and our program. We are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre and active in many professional organizations including the International University Theatre Association, the Association of Theatre in Higher Education, and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.