Theatre Major

Were you made for the stage?

Theatre majors at University of Northwestern learn the fine points of acting for every genre. There are numerous opportunities for you to act on the main stage and studio theatre in dramas, comedies, and musical theatre productions. Graduates are also knowledgeable in behind-the-scenes and technical aspects of theatre.

The skills learned with a theatre major can be used right here in the theatre-rich Twin Cities area.

Get a glimpse of what performing arts are like at Northwestern 


Theatre Highlights

Theatre major featured in regional Broadway musical

Dan Hazel made his Minneapolis Musical Theatre debut in the regional premier of the hit Broadway musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which opened on Broadway in 2005, receiving glowing reviews and 11 Tony Award nominations.


Serving on the Stage: Theatre grad hired History Theatre

During the summer of 2010, Sarah Howell, a 2011 Theatre grad, interned at the Guthrie Theatre where she was referred to the History Theatre in St. Paul, which paved the way for unique opportunities, learning experiences, and a locked-in job after graduation.


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Did you know?

The Twin Cities has the most theatre seats per capita second only to New York City!


What classes will I take?

  • Children’s Theatre
  • Directing
  • Drama and Ministry
  • Movement for the Actor
  • Theatre Management

What can I do with this major?

  • Actor
  • Administrator of Arts Programs
  • Casting Director
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Director
  • Lighting Designer
  • Playwright
  • Producing
  • Scriptwriter
  • Set/Property/Costume Designer
  • Sound Design
  • Special Effects Coordinator
  • Stage Manager
  • Technical Director