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Theatre Arts

BSU Theatre Arts

The theatre arts program at Bowie State University offers the Bachelor of Science degree, with a choice of studies in musical theatre or acting/directing; for non-majors, the program offers a minor in theatre arts or dance. The program is designed to offer historical, theoretical and experiential studies in acting, directing, stagecraft, dance, children’s theatre, and the fundamentals of theatre research and scholarship, as students train in the traditional skills necessary for successfully entering professional theatre and for succeeding in graduate studies.

The program includes continuous assessment and evaluation throughout a student’s matriculation, beginning with an audition at the onset of the freshman year and ending with a capstone seminar course that requires the submission of a cumulative portfolio. A mid-point evaluation of potential success in the program is also included and usually occurs when approximately sixty credits are acquired. Taking advantage of the University’s location and the abundance of community and professional theatre in surrounding areas, the faculty encourages students to participate in off-campus as well as on-campus productions and guides the majors to develop their personal visions of theatre and dance as dynamic and diverse cultural elements of any society.

As students are guided to develop their personal visions of the theatre as a dynamic cultural force, they are trained in the traditional skills necessary for entering professional work and succeeding in graduate studies.

Programs in technical theatre and dance/movement studies are coming online soon.

Professor Bob Bartlett
Program Coordinator, Theatre Arts
Fine and Performing Arts Center, #3102
(301) 860-3769

The Theatre Arts at Bowie State University (brochure)

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BSU Theatre (production)



The purpose of the theatre arts program is to prepare students for successful entrance into the professional theatre and/or advanced academic study. Through mentorship, practical training, and academic rigor, the program produces graduates with a unique artistic vision, a strong work ethic, and an appreciation for theatre as a dynamic cultural force.

Program Goals

  1. Cultivate good stewards of the performing arts through progressive academic theatre and performance studies.
  2. Build community connections and partnerships that support the program.
  3. Foster artistic growth through academic rigor and the provision of professional opportunities.

Expected Student Learning Outcomes and Competencies

Throughout the program of study and upon graduation, students should demonstrate the ability to

  1. analyze a variety of performance and dramatic texts
  2. synthesize and clearly articulate the collaborative work of theatre arts by connecting its
    • history
    • theories
    • performance elements
    • production processes
    • dramatic literature
    • technical areas (i.e., design, build, lighting, sound, dramaturgy)
    • use of technology
    • effectively utilize voice and body as an instrument of performance
  3. market self in the business of theatre and dance
  4. communicate orally and graphically the universality of theatre and dance as global and cultural expressions of humanity.

Program Requirements

To successfully matriculate through and graduate from theatre arts, majors must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete the basic requirements of the University, as published in its various documents, and demonstrate satisfactory growth within the program.
  2. Earn a minimum grade of "C" in courses taken in theatre and dance; otherwise courses in question must be repeated.
  3. Participate in all levels of student assessment in the program, including the passing of   sophomore and senior year portfolio reviews.
  4. Fulfill all performance and crew assignments each semester, except where specific exemptions have been approved in advance (i.e., poor grades, lengthy illnesses, emergencies).
  5. Accrue a minimum of 120 hours (15 hours per semester) and production and/or lab theatre/dance work during matriculation in the program. This must be reflected in the portfolio.
  6. Participate in at least two off-campus and three on-campus auditions each year (winter and summer included).
  7. Annually attend departmental events in the areas of art, music and dance. Evidence of such attendance and/or participation will be required in the portfolio.
  8. Take additional course or laboratory work in any area of study or competency where fundamental weaknesses may be found.

Graduation Requirements: All BSU majors require a minimum of 120 or more credits.

Entrance Auditions


Senior Thesis