Theatre (BFA)

Backstage and beyond.

Sing. Dance. Direct. Design. Whether you prefer cast or crew, Broadway or community theatre, plays or musicals, there’s no denying the exciting options for a career in theatre.

Our Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in theatre is a studio-intensive course of study designed for students with a strong commitment to a professional career in performance, directing, design, teaching or theatre ministry. Our curriculum and facilities are contemporary and cutting-edge. As a theatre student, you’ll receive a well-rounded education with hands-on experience in all phases of backstage work. Students in performance and design tracks are encouraged to spend their final semester studying with Broadway and industry professionals in New York City. We bring in agents from New York, Los Angeles and other major cities for senior recitals.

At ACU, we seek to integrate faith and the artistic life, and we produce quality theatre influenced by our Christian worldview. A typical ACU season consists of five or more productions including a large-scale musical and a student-directed work.

Note: Our program is competitive; we accept only 12 incoming students each fall. This allows for more performance and learning opportunities for our students.

Program Overview

Credit hours University Requirements: 56 credit hours
Major Requirements: 50-58 credit hours (Choice of 5 tracks)
Electives: 14-22 credit hours
Total Required: 128 credit hours
Concentrations 6
Department Theatre
School/College College of Arts and Sciences


You’ll take courses such as:

  • Acting I
  • Stage Makeup
  • Beginning Directing
  • Fashion as Cultural Reflecting
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  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Design/Technical
  • Teacher of Theatre Certificate
  • Theatre Ministry
  • Musical Theatre

What can you do after graduation?

  • Actor
  • Talent Agent
  • Set Designer
  • Producer
  • Casting Director
  • Dialect Coach
  • Stage Manager
  • Playwright
  • Performing Artist
  • Lighting Designer
Alumnus Ben Jeffery as Pumbaa in the Lion King
Stage Door sign

Experiential Learning Opportunities

By design, theatre majors receive hands-on experience throughout their course work and co-curricular opportunities such as:

  • Student productions
  • Tepper Semester on Broadway (NYC)
  • Study Abroad
  • Seekers of the Word (acting group)

Theatre Spotlight

Eean Cochran ('15) is cast in Disney's Freaky Friday starring Heidi Blickenstaff with music by Tom Kitt and lyrics by Brian Yorkey opening January 31 at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego.

About the Department of Theatre

Actors on stage

The Abilene Christian University Department of Theatre is committed to providing quality training and opportunity for the disciplined theatre artist in a nurturing environment that models Christian values. The ACU Theatre makes use of several performance spaces. The

Williams Performing Arts Center has two performance areas: the Fulks Theatre, a 320-seat thrust theatre and the Culp Theatre, an intimate multi-form space. Large-scale musicals are presented in the

2,100-seat Abilene Civic Center. The Abilene Shakespeare Festival is produced each summer through the Department of Theatre.

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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.