The BA in Theatre degree program at Otterbein is designed for students whose professional career goals require study in multiple disciplines of theatre (or in other academic pursuits). The successful BA candidate is an independent, motivated student with specific goals and direction. The BA curriculum offers a common core of theatre classes and is combined with choice classes from the design technology, dance and performance fields. These choices include, but are not limited to, Design classes, Technology classes, costumes, stage makeup, combat, choreography, dance, TV/Film, etc. Because BA majors work alongside students pursuing BFA degrees, they are exposed to the best professional practices and standards, while maintaining the flexibility to be successful in achieving their career goals.
BA Theatre majors learn by doing. BA Theatre majors are involved in maintstage productions within their first year. All students in theatre develop practical application skills to gain a mutual respect for the production art form.
From the onset, students work closely with faculty to chart their specific degree plan in alignment with their prospective career goals. The BA Theatre program is ideal for students whose interests lie in careers in directing, playwriting, and stage management or students who want to double-major/minor in other fields. Current students are pursuing dual degrees in education, music, creative writing, business, journalism/ media communication, women gender studies and combining their BA Theatre degree with minors such as dance, film studies, and communication.
Opportunities for BA students are limitless, whether it’s double-majoring, involvement with workshops, or creating a senior capstone experience indicative of their specific focus. While BA students are not required to do a senior internship, many do. Depending on the nature of their degree plan, students receiving the BA degree are prepared to enter graduate theatre programs leading to MA, MFA or PhD degrees as well as to begin working in the profession.