BA in Theatre Arts

A Midsummer Night's Dream Production Photo
A Midsummer Night's Dream (2018)
Photo by Dan Norman


This is an open call to all UMN Theatre Arts & Dance students, faculty, and staff to submit proposals for the 2021-2022 MainStage season. These submissions will primarily be considered for the two Departmental Theatre productions, collaborating amongst BA Theatre Arts, MFA Design & Technology, and MA/PhD programs. These proposals will be filtered and selected by the Season Selection Committee, a group of faculty, students, and staff that curates production seasons to enliven the intersections between the BA, MFA, and MA/PhD programs of study. Submit your proposal here

We are primarily looking for submissions with a focus on: 

  • Centering the Intersection of Marginalized Voices in our Community including: LBGTQIA+ & BIPOC
  • Ability & Disability (including mental health issues) 
  • Theatre that both entertains and invokes conversations

And submissions in the following artistic styles:   

  1. Comedy Styles  
  2. New Musical theatre 
  3. Global Scene
  4. Heightened Text
  5. Period Piece 
  6. Creative Collaborations that grow into a MainStage  

However, we welcome any submissions

About the BA Theatre Arts Program

Through programs in design/technology, performance, and history/literature, the BA in Theatre Arts explores the process of theatrical creation. Each program invites students to develop and articulate creative choices, and think critically about their consequences through a variety of techniques. These include close textual analysis, historical contextualization, physical approaches to performance, and collaborative creation. With its many ties to the performing arts community of the Twin Cities, the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance also offers the opportunity to couple classroom learning with practical experience.

The BA in Theatre Arts Offers the Following 5 Tracks:


Explores theater as a space of historical and contemporary meaning-making. Students learn to think critically and creatively about theatrical representation through classes that include performance creation, design/technology, and history/literature. Techniques of theatrical encounter include textual analysis, historical inquiry, physical approaches to performance, and collaborative creation.

The following tracks are higher credit degree programs that enable more specific focus:

Performance Creation

The Performance Creation Program inside the BA in Theatre Arts is designed to stimulate the intellectual and creative ideas of students interested in using performance as a space in which to actively theorize with both mind and body. The program seeks to foster unique artistic visions, courageous risk-taking, a sense of communal responsibility, and a passion for theatre's past, present, and future. The program offers five curricular paths: acting, directing, music theatre, object theatre, and playwriting. Led by a faculty of working professional artists, the program is committed to giving students opportunities to learn through active practice and learning by doing.

Design & Technology

We provide a basic understanding of all design areas and their integration, individually and collectively, into the collaborative process. Design areas include scenery and properties, costumes, lighting, and audio & media. In addition, we offer training in a variety of stage technologies.


Focus in theater history and literature invites students to ethically engage in questions on what is passed down to us, how theatrical stories get told, and what it means for bodies to move through public spaces. Courses include theater history, dramatic literature, text and performance, Blacks in american theater, and topics courses.

Social Justice

Students take courses within and outside of Theatre Arts & Dance that focus on the intersection of social justice and performance. Courses include performance and social change, dance and citizenship, a semester-long internship through HECUA's Art for Social Change program, and theatre activities in education.

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