School of Theatre, Television and Film

Theatre - Overview

Scene from Eurydice

Welcome to Theatre at SDSU!

Our Theatre Arts programs prepare students for excellence in every aspect of theatre with a myriad of creative design and performance opportunities!  Our program is structured to involve students in all aspects of theatre, from acting and musical theatre, to design for sets, costumes, lighting and sound, dramaturgy, stage management, and cutting edge advances in theatre technology.


Students are given numerous opportunities to develop and showcase their acting, directing, design, and technical expertise through our season of plays and musicals as well as through our connections with local theatre companies.  Outstanding professional growth opportunities are provided through associations with a number of regional professional theatre companies as well as campus visits by professional theatre managers, directors, designers, dramaturges, playwrights, and performers.


Our BA degree in Theatre Arts offers five areas of study:

  • General Theatre Arts
  • Performance
  • Design & Technology for Theatre
  • Design for Television & Film
  • Youth Theatre

Our MA and MFA graduate programs provide opportunities for students to pursue advanced study.  We offer an M.F.A. degree in Musical Theatre (one of only three in the country); and Design and Technical Theatre with concentrations in scenery, costumes, lighting, and technology.  These terminal degree programs combine rigorous academic coursework with practical production experiences and professional internship opportunities.  Our M.A. program attracts students seeking professional development as educators and artists, dramaturges, and preparation for further graduate study.  In addition, students wishing to develop their teaching skills are given practical classroom experience as Teaching and Graduate Assistants.

Following our 2003 merger with Television and Film, the faculty and staff have actively and enthusiastically developed interdisciplinary collaboration among students in both programs.  Recognizing that the traditional boundaries between theatre, television, and film are becoming increasingly blurred, we believe it is our responsibility to prepare students to succeed in all aspects of the entertainment industry.  We create an atmosphere in which students can actively collaborate with their peers in the School of Theatre, Television, and Film both in the classroom and on practical production projects.


Theatre is an immensely rewarding major.  Through the art of theatre, we experience works of some of the greatest writers, thinkers, and artists our civilization has ever known. Employers actively seek the skills offered by theatre degree:  creative thinking and problem-solving, collaboration, a goal-oriented approach to projects, superior communication skills, an ability to handle deadline pressures, effective time-management, and independent thinking and initiative.

If you want to be a designer, actor, director, stage manger, teacher, dramaturge or technician we have it all for you here in the Theatre Department at SDSU!