The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre Practices supports engaged theatre practice that meets the social and cultural challenges of our twenty-first century society.

Our innovative curriculum invites students to begin by building core theatre skills, then gradually applying them to a range of projects, settings, and populations. This culminates in in-depth application of these skills through internships, community placements and a Capstone. The BA in Theatre Practice supports a professional track for students seeking a Wisconsin Theatre Teaching license in K-12 Theatre Education. It also offers students the option to earn a Cultures and Communities (C&C) certificate and is the home of the Arts and Social Entrepreneurship (A&SE) Certificate Program.

The BA in Theatre Practice engages students in focusing their study on educational and social justice theatre, devising and performing new work, storytelling, dramaturgy, directing, playwriting, and arts and social entrepreneurship. For more information please see: uwm.edu/arts/theatre/ba/.

Requirements

The minimum degree requirement is 120 credits. BA Theatre Practices Degree requirements are distributed as follows:

University Core Curriculum45
Theatre Department Core32
BA Track Requirements and Electives43
Total Credits120

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Practices Curriculum

The minimum number of credits required to complete the Bachelor of Arts is 120. Students who need background preparation courses in math, English, foreign language, and chemistry may need additional credits. BA Theatre majors are required to fulfill the department’s core, maintain a 2.75 GPA in the major, and earn a C grade or better in all Theatre Core courses.

BA Theatre students execute a capstone course project as a culminating demonstration of their learning. All capstones are evaluated through a presentation of research and/or portfolio process. Students also have an option to earn a Cultures and Communities (C&C) certificate and/or an Arts and Social Entrepreneurship (A&SE) certificate

University Core

General Education Requirements 1
Competencies 1
Oral and Written Communication – Part A and Part B 2,3
Quantitative Literacy (QL) – Part A and Part B 2,3
Foreign Language 2,3
Distribution Requirements 1
Humanities 46
Natural Sciences (Must include one lab) 56
Social Sciences 66
Cultural Diversity 2,7
Electives
Additional Electives12
Credits in Peck School of the Arts 8,912
University Credits (outside of Theatre) 103
Total Credits45

Theatre Department Core 

Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of the Actor's Process
Acting for Non-majors
Theatre and Social Change
Storytelling:
THEATRE 230Acting 2: Text and Performance3
THEATRE 213Play Analysis3
THEATRE 214Stagecraft (with lab)4
THEATRE 225Costume Construction (with lab)2
THEATRE 236Theatre Production and Design3
THEATRE 275Performing Arts Management3
THEATRE 305The Theatrical Experience:3
THEATRE 321The Theatre: Beginnings Through Realism3
THEATRE 322The Theatre: Modern and Contemporary Period3
Total Credits30

BA Theatre Practices Requirements 

THEATRE 204Theatre and Social Change (if not taken previously)3
THEATRE 260Storytelling: (if not taken previously)3
THEATRE 320Arts and Social Entrepreneurship3
THEATRE 410Stage Directing3
THEATRE 448How to be a Teaching Artist3
THEATRE 218Computer Modeling and Graphics for Live Performance3
or THEATRE 359 Playwriting
Select one of the following:3
Multicultural America:
Theatre in the Americas: Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Theatre
History of Costume
Acting Topics:
Theatre Practices: (Must take minimum of 3 cr; may repeat three times for a maximum of 6 cr)
Select one of the following capstone experiences:3-6
Theatre Capstone: BA Theatre Practices (Must take minimum of 3 cr; may repeat once)
Performance Capstone in Musical Theatre (Must take minimum of 3 cr; may repeat once)
Select 16-20 credits of electives16-20
Total Credits40-47

Recommended Electives

Electives are chosen in consideration of a student’s interests and in consultation with a departmental advisor. The following are examples of popular BA electives (non-required courses) in the major. Students are encouraged to choose other Theatre courses such as those offered in the Production and Performance tracks, which are not listed here.

THEATRE 100Introduction to the Theatre3
THEATRE 111Theatre Games3
THEATRE 224Make-Up3
THEATRE 231Voice and Speech for Effective Communication3
THEATRE 305The Theatrical Experience:3
THEATRE 308Advanced Makeup:3
THEATRE 311Improvisation3
THEATRE 360Theatre Practices:1
THEATRE 407Contemporary Theatre Performance:3
THEATRE 497Study Abroad in Theatre1-12

BA Theatre: Example of Required Courses in 4-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallCredits
THEATRE 110 Fundamentals of the Actor's Process 3
THEATRE 214
Stagecraft
or Costume Construction
2-4
THEATRE 305 The Theatrical Experience: 3
University Core 6
 Credits14-16
Spring
THEATRE 213 Play Analysis 3
THEATRE 214
Stagecraft
or Costume Construction
2-4
THEATRE 230 Acting 2: Text and Performance 3
University Core 6
 Credits14-16
Year 2
Fall
THEATRE 236 Theatre Production and Design 3
THEATRE 260 Storytelling: 3
THEATRE 275 Performing Arts Management 3
University Core 6
 Credits15
Spring
THEATRE 204 Theatre and Social Change 3
THEATRE 321 The Theatre: Beginnings Through Realism 3
PSOA Core 9
 Credits15
Year 3
Fall
THEATRE 218
Computer Modeling and Graphics for Live Performance
or Playwriting
3
THEATRE 322 The Theatre: Modern and Contemporary Period 3
THEATRE 448
How to be a Teaching Artist
or Rehearsal and Performance:
3
PSOA Core 6
 Credits15
Spring
THEATRE 320 Arts and Social Entrepreneurship 3
Theatre BA Choice Elective 3
Theatre BA Elective 3
PSOA Core 6
 Credits15
Year 4
Fall
THEATRE 410 Stage Directing 3
Theatre BA Choice Elective 3
PSOA Core 3
Theatre BA Elective 6
 Credits15
Spring
THEATRE 465
Theatre Capstone: BA Theatre Practices (subtitle)
or Performance Capstone in Musical Theatre
3
PSOA Core 3
Theatre BA Elective 7
 Credits13
 Total Credits116-120

BA Required Choice Elective

THEATRE 304Costume Design3
THEATRE 318Scene Design3
THEATRE 323Special Topics in World Theatre:3
THEATRE 324Theatre in the Americas: Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Theatre3
THEATRE 325History of Costume3
THEATRE 330Acting Topics:3
THEATRE 357Digital Audio Workstations for Stage and Studio3

Application Process

Admission to The BA in Theatre Practices degree is based on acceptance to the university. At that time, students are required to take part in a placement interview with a BA faculty advisor, which helps determine the choice of electives, including what practices and areas of interest a student wishes to focus on. 

Advance to Major/Retention

To be accepted and continue in good standing within any Theatre degree program, students must meet or exceed all general university requirements, have and maintain a 2.5 GPA overall (with the exception of Theatre Education majors). BA degree majors must also maintain a 2.75 GPA within the major. Theatre Education majors must maintain a 3.0 in the major. All BFA degree majors must maintain a 3.0 in the major. Additionally, all Theatre majors in all programs must pass all Theatre Core courses with a C grade or better. Students will be put on probation inside the major, and may be denied continuation in their program, if they receive a D grade or lower in any Theatre Core courses, which are:

THEATRE 110Fundamentals of the Actor's Process3
THEATRE 204Theatre and Social Change3
THEATRE 213Play Analysis3
THEATRE 214Stagecraft4
THEATRE 225Costume Construction2
THEATRE 230Acting 2: Text and Performance3
THEATRE 236Theatre Production and Design3
THEATRE 260Storytelling:3
THEATRE 275Performing Arts Management3
THEATRE 305The Theatrical Experience:3
THEATRE 321The Theatre: Beginnings Through Realism3
THEATRE 322The Theatre: Modern and Contemporary Period3

As per Wisconsin State statutes, all Theatre Education students must also pass the Praxis II Theatre Content test, or a portfolio equivalent as determined by the program, before being allowed to engage in their student teaching fieldwork.

Continuation

Students who are in danger of being dropped from the program, or put on probation, will receive a written warning. Any Theatre student who is dropped or suspended from his/her program (due to failing/low grades and/or academic misconduct) has the right to an appeal. Any student wishing to appeal must inform the Chair and his/her Area Head of their interest and in writing. Students must then meet with the Chair and the Area Head to discuss their appeal. The appeal may then be forwarded to the Theatre Department Appeals Committee and the Theatre Department Chair. Appeals committee findings will be given to the student in writing and in a timely manner.

Advising

Location: Theatre 120
Reception Hours: 9AM-4PM Monday through Friday
(closed on university holidays)
Contact: (414) 229-4763

Academic advising is an important aspect of long-term academic success. At the Peck School of the Arts, we offer professional academic advising in the following undergraduate disciplines: art, dance, film, music, and theatre.

Advisors provide students with individualized advising to assist them in areas such as: degree requirements, major options, course selection, campus resources, college success strategies, graduation assessment, academic policies and procedures, etc. 

For more information on Peck School of the Arts advising, please visit http://uwm.edu/arts/advising/.

Honors in the Major

Honors in the Major is granted to students who have earned a GPA of 3.500 or greater in the major and the academic department's recommendation.

High Honors in the Major is granted to students who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or greater and the academic department's recommendation.

Departmental Honors are granted to students recommended by their academic department for Honors excellence in performance not reflected in the GPA.

Dean's Honors are granted to students with major achievements in one or more of the arts.

Honors in the Peck School of the Arts

Dean's Honor List

GPA of 3.750 or above, earned on a full-time student's GPA on 12 or more graded credits in a given semester.

Honors College Degree and Honors College Degree with Distinction

Granted to graduating seniors who complete Honors College requirements, as listed in the Honors College section of this site.

Commencement Honors

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or above, based on a minimum of 40 graded UWM credits earned prior to the final semester, will receive all-university commencement honors and be awarded the traditional gold cord at the December or May Honors Convocation. Please note that for honors calculation, the GPA is not rounded and is truncated at the third decimal (e.g., 3.499).

Final Honors

Earned on a minimum of 60 graded UWM credits: Cum Laude - 3.500 or above; Magna Cum Laude - 3.650 or above; Summa Cum Laude - 3.800 or above.