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Ph.D. Theatre


Emporia State University boasts one of the strongest theatre programs in the country. With 8-10 productions every year, students learn by doing as actors, designers and technicians. And our graduates are prepared to teach, act, design or pursue graduate study. At ESU, students can earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) in theatre, or gain certification to become a secondary teacher in our BSE program in speech and theatre. Performances are staged in several theatre spaces. The Karl C. Bruder Theatre is a 400-seat proscenium house. The Ronald Q. Frederickson Theatre is our flexible black box space. The Inez P. Friesen Studio is a dance studio that showcases classroom and studio projects. Albert Taylor Hall is a thousand seat auditorium in historic Plumb Hall. So take that desire, passion, and talent you have for the theatre and develop your skills by pursuing a degree in theatre from ESU.

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What can you do with a degree in Theatre?

  • Education
  • Public Relations
  • Arts Administration
  • Technical Theatre

Bachelor of Arts Degree 

  • General Education Requirement
  • Theatre Requirement: 34 hours
  • Second Program of Study: 15-30 hours


  • Educational Theatre Company
  • Summer Theatre
  • Theatre Dance
  • ZOIKS!

Requirements and Courses

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Bachelor of Science in Education 

  • General Education Requirement
  • Option A (Two Teaching Fields): 40 hours
  • Option B (One Teaching Field): 48 hours

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree 

  • General Education Requirement
  • Theatre Requirement: 57 hours
  • Electives: 13 hours