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Theatre B.A.  

Major  Minor  Teaching Endorsement  
120 credit hours
100% career outcome rate1
 

In theatre, many moving pieces need to come together for a successful show. From the script to the director to the casting to the set design, every person involved in the production must perform their parts to create the wonder and excitement of a well-run stage.

At Concordia University, Nebraska, we believe the starting point for studies in theatre is the development of the individual student’s voice. Both in and out of the classroom, you will find space to examine who you are, what you believe and how you can impact others. The theatre major is a highly integrated academic program that will provide you with opportunities to collaborate and study all aspects of theatrical art, including acting, directing, playwriting, set design, technical production, dramaturgy, literary theory and the history of theatre.

Because all aspects of play production are integral to the theatre major, you’ll have ample opportunities to participate in productions as an actor, director, designer, dramaturg, playwright or producer. The theatre productions at Concordia Nebraska include a diverse collection of faculty-directed plays and musicals, as well as student-generated work, ranging from fully-realized productions to one acts to shorter, more experimental readings and projects.

With a degree in theatre from Concordia Nebraska, you will learn to exercise your voice in prose and poetry; drama and debate; and research and relationships. Theatre teaches you communication skills, creative problem solving and innumerable other traits that offer valuable preparation for any career, including those in the theatre industry, or for further study in graduate school or professional programs.

15:1
Student-to-faculty ratio

100%
Faculty with terminal degree

If you want to go to school for theatre, come to Concordia. You gain such a better understanding of how theatre works.

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Core Concepts

The Concordia University, Nebraska theatre program maintains high standards of academic integrity and Christian responsibility. Through practical application, the program presents quality productions that are both entertaining and relevant, and that engage our audience in a thoughtfully challenging, responsible and intelligent way.

Concordia NebraskaTheatre: Learning Objectives

Students in the theatre program at Concordia University, Nebraska will be exposed to quality scripts and productions, to learn to deal with pertinent issues while developing as artists, audiences and Christian intellectuals.

Students will learn to critically analyze important cultural and social issues and use methods that promote reflection and discussion about both theatre itself and issues of individual and Christian concern.

Students will discover the historical and cultural significance of drama and apply methods of literary and dramatic scholarship.

Students will model Christian scholarship and thoughtful discussion processes, including a desire to read more and appreciate the role of drama to challenge and increase awareness of both our sinful human condition and the need we have for a Savior.

Prof. Bryan Moore - Theatre

Theatre at Concordia

Concordia NebraskaTheatre: Program Goals

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Students in the theatre program at Concordia University, Nebraska will be prepared with strong skills in the production, presentation and interpretation of theatre arts.

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Students will develop creativity, artistic skills and professionalism through an active production program that melds scholarship and practice.

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Students will develop skills in communication, problem solving, research and effective writing.

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Students will expand and perfect their knowledge of the literary, historical and philosophical aspects of theatre.

Concordia Nebraska Theatre: Career Outcomes

Actor

Actors are performing artists who portray characters on stage and in television shows, commercials, movies or short films. As an actor, you would read scripts, rehearse scenes, memorize lines, research your characters and perform, probably in a variety of different mediums. Salary for actors can vary greatly depending on the type of theater, the location and if the actor is a member of the union representing them, called the Actors' Equity Association. For instance, TV and movie actors average more salary per year than stage actors.

14% Annual Growth Rate2
$32,700 Entry-Level Salary2
$37,520 Mid-Level Salary2
$43,660 Late-Level Salary2

Drama Teacher

Drama teachers help students explore their creativity through the theatre arts. As a drama teacher, you would create lessons plans, exams and exercises to help your students master costume and set design, acting and directing.

12% Annual Growth Rate2
$35,120 Entry-Level Salary2
$66,930 Mid-Level Salary2
$134,000 Late-Level Salary2

Film Director

Film directors make sure every aspect of a movie or television show runs smoothly. As a director, you would give direction to actors and work with the individuals in charge of lighting, scenery, writing and so forth to make sure all the elements come together. You would have some part in pre-production, production and post-production.

3.5% Annual Growth Rate2
$33,730 Entry-Level Salary2
$71,620 Mid-Level Salary2
$164,290 Late-Level Salary2

Concordia NebraskaTheatre: Related Programs

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Applied communication is one of the most versatile majors available. A degree in applied communication can prepare you for a traditional career path as a communication specialist in small businesses, government offices and non-profit organizations. With the bachelor’s degree in applied communication, you can also find work in journalism, marketing, education, entertainment or any number of other career fields.

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English

Concordia’s English major promotes careful reading, encourages critical thinking and models Christian scholarship and thoughtful discussion processes. Ideally, our students will develop a desire to read more and appreciate the role of literature in exploring themselves, the human condition, and Christ’s response to humanity and to our students in particular.

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Journalism and Public Relations

In Concordia University, Nebraska’s journalism and public relations program, we will help you develop your thinking, writing and speaking skills so you are able to size up situations, determine what’s happening and report information accurately, quickly, honestly and responsibly.

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1 Recent graduates attending graduate school or employed within six months of graduation.

2 Career salary and wages sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.