Earn a Theatre Degree
Express your creative talents with a variety of fine arts opportunities
We offer a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre as well as a minor in theatre, both integrated with performance and technical concentrations. Our theatre program is established in regional expertise in Shakespearean studies, as well as new play development. Our seasoned faculty are dedicated, working closely with you to ensure a quality learning experience.
This program also prepares you to become a sophisticated communicator. While learning about performance and production, you will become more knowledgeable in the areas of human behavior, art, psychology, history, politics, and religion. While participating in theatre, you can expect to work on a variety of plays at our private university that include comedy, drama, contemporary, classical, musicals and other great works of dramatic literature.
Newman University also offers scholarships for qualified students interested in studying theatre. To apply for a Theatre scholarship, please submit the Theatre scholarship application below in addition to your Newman University application for admission. Scholarships are limited to Theatre majors, range in value from $8,000-$12,000 and are awarded based on academic criteria and an audition. Please contact the Office of Admissions or the Theatre department for more information.
About Our Theatre Program
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre
This degree focuses on teaching you all aspects of theatre from technical to performance roles.
- Work in stage management
- Become a director
- Pursue a career in acting
While earning your Bachelor of Arts in Theatre , you can expect to take courses including Introduction to Theatre, Playwriting, Music Theatre Workshop, and Stagecraft. A complete four-year plan of study can be found here.
Minor in Theatre
Interested in supporting your major with a minor in theatre? The required curriculum for a theatre minor can be found here.
DE MATTIAS FINE ARTS CENTER
This facility, opened in 2000, includes Performance Hall, the Jabara Flexible Theatre, dressing rooms and a scene shop. The center also houses music rehearsal space with studio and practice rooms, an art gallery, and studios for sculpture, ceramics, painting and drawing, and computer graphics.
Performance Hall has fixed seating for 392 with a 50-foot wide stage providing multiple lighting and sound capabilities.
JABARA FLEXIBLE THEATRE
This black box theatre holds a maximum of 190 people depending on setup and provides multiple lighting and sound capabilities.
About Our Faculty
Our faculty and staff have the knowledge and experience to help you prepare for a career in theatre. If you need clarification on a class assignment or advice on how to approach your future, you can feel confident that our faculty is available and ready to help.
While pursuing a degree in theatre, you can expect a promising future. The performing arts and theatre field is projected to grow 10% between 2014 and 2024. Our students are prepared to meet the expected demand for theatre and performing arts.
A degree in theatre will give you the opportunity to work in a variety of fields and specialities related to theatre and performance art. Here are some examples of potential careers and median salaries:
- Director ($83,671-$123,640)
- Producer ($71,350 a year)
- Sound Engineering Technician ($63,340 a year)
- Stage Actor ($44,233 - $96,772 a year)
Our theatre students have the opportunity to gain real-world experience by interning in the Wichita community. This allows you to gain experience in local plays and community productions, sharpening skills in the areas of stage lighting, costume design, special effects, singing and acting.
Get Involved on Campus
One of the best ways to find success during your college career is to get involved in campus clubs and organizations. Within our theatre program, our students can join the Newman Theatre Club, Swing Dancing Club, NUTT (Newman University Theatre Troupe), and the Musical Arts Club. These organizations allow for personal growth, networking, and future career success.
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Successful Program Outcomes
Success Story — C.L. Smet, Class of 2016
Theatre student C.L. Smet and her play, titled "Every Tuesday," advanced to a national competition from judges at the Region V conference of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) in Washington, D.C. Smet began writing "Every Tuesday" when she was a freshman in the spring 2012 semester, and finished her first draft in spring 2013 in her playwriting class. C.L. said she hopes to become a playwright and act as well in her future. She plans to attend a graduate school for playwriting and hopes to work for a playwriting company as her first step in a professional career.
Success Story — Rusty Carbaugh, Class of 2015
Rusty Carbaugh received a Special Merit for Musical Performance Mary Jane Teall Award for her performance as one-fifth of the Liebeslieders in the Guild Hall Players' production of "A Little Night Music" by Stephen Sondheim. Rusty participated in several on-campus productions during her academic career, including "Legally Blonde." She is currently performing in various shows around Wichita. She recently performed as a chorus member and a secretary in “Urinetown” at the Scottish Rite Signature Theatre.
We think our university is great, but don’t just take our word for it. Hear what some of our previous students have to say about their experience.
"The Theatre Department is just like a linear graph, it keeps shooting up – from ‘Lend Me A Tenor,’ the very first play that Mark Mannette directed my freshman year where I was Maggie, all the way up to my last play where I was Ophelia in ‘Hamlet.’ It’s just incredible the differences between the two, but also the similarities, like the heart and soul of what we do, and how that manages to continue and only expand into something better."
Rusty Carbaugh, Class of 2015
"The academic atmosphere at Newman has prepared me [for my internship] because the small classroom environments make it easier to form relationships with professors. Newman professors really expect a lot from their students so that's helped me go above and beyond at my internship. Every time I turn in a project to my supervisors they are blown away by the quality of it!"
Andrea Wheeler, Theatre and Pre-Law
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