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Theatre Department

Emporia State University began producing theatre in 1913

One of the oldest theatre programs in the country

Emporia State University began producing theatre in 1913, making us one of the oldest theatre programs in the country. We have energetic students, enthusiastic community support and are proud to be a part of the Department of Communication and Theatre where our students receive individual attention from our committed and celebrated faculty. Here, students can earn a BFA or BA in theatre, or gain certification to become a secondary teacher in our BSE program in speech and theatre. And through our affiliation with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, our students are part of a vital and thriving national theatre.

Featured Degrees


Bachelor of Arts

The degree Bachelor of Arts with a major in Theatre is a rigorous general education experience as well as an introduction to central elements of theatre performance, production, design, and scholarship. Majors are required to contribute to all productions, either as actors or as members of the crew, provided they meet academic eligibility standards as established by the department.


Bachelor of Fine Arts

Students will be prepared to pursue careers in acting, script, costuming and theatre productions. Majors are required to audition for productions and contribute to all productions, either in the cast or on a crew, provided they meet academic eligibility standards as established by the department.



Courses in theatre are excellent supplements for students planning careers in education, business, psychology, counseling, public relations, communication, law, and other fields that require the ability to work exceptionally well with other people. The theatre minor is an appropriate choice for students in the humanities or fine arts who wish to deepen their understanding of their major fields, as well as science majors who are seeking a breadth of undergraduate experiences.

Undergraduate Programs and Majors

Discover undergraduate programs in the theatre department.

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Undergraduate admission applications

Apply to join Hornet Nation as an undergraduate.

Graduate admission application

Apply to advance your degree as a graduate student at Emporia State.

Students performing at Homecoming Musical

About Us

Learn more about the Theatre Department, which was founded in 1913.

About Us
Theatre Medea Cast


Discover what scholarships are available to theatre students.

Albert Taylor Hall


ESU has several theaters on campus. Discover where they are located and their history.


Theatre Production Calendar

Discover upcoming theatre productions

Visit the theatre production calendar to learn about upcoming productions, showtimes, and how to get tickets.

Contact the Theatre Department

Director of Theatre

Pete Rydberg


Chair of Communication and Theatre

Heidi Hamilton